The Big 5 for ALL

Young children who are dual language learners (DLLs) and those who speak English all require high-quality experiences in Background Knowledge; Oral Language and Vocabulary; Book Knowledge and Print Concepts; Alphabet Knowledge and Early Writing; and Phonological Awareness.

Culture and Language

Across early childhood systems and programs, managers and staff must be prepared to enhance experiences for the growing number of young children who are learning their home languages and English.

Children Learning More Than One Language (Science Webcast)

In this brief video clip from The Office of Head Start Discovering Science Webcast Series, Dr. Patton Tabors, a dual language learning expert, describes what teachers may do to support science learning for children who speak different languages.


The BabyTalks webinar series features current research about babies. Each video explores a different topic to help those who work with infants provide high-quality services.

Head Start Bilingual Glossary

The Head Start Bilingual Glossary has been created to provide an accurate and consistent terminology database for rendering Head Start translations from English into Spanish. Since the Spanish language is very rich and diverse, it is always a challenge to find neutral terms, that most Spanish speakers in the United States would understand, therefore, in some cases, several terms are included in the same entry.

Head Start Bilingual Glossary

The Head Start Bilingual Glossary is a list of common terms used in Head Start. The Glossary was created to promote accurate and consistent translations from English to Spanish.

Incorporating Cultural Themes to Promote Preschoolers’ Critical Thinking in American Indian Head Start Classrooms

Connecting to cultural traditions enhances opportunities for parents to participate in their roles as their children’s primary teachers. Teaching teams, including parents and families may use this resource to understand how culturally relevant experiences help children develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. This resource offers steps to designing a culture-based inquiry unit that may be adapted to any community.