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Culture & 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. Administrators, teachers, caregivers, and families can use these resources to help ensure culturally and linguistically appropriate services for all children birth to 5. These resources can also help staff provide high quality services for children who are dual language learners (DLLs). Programs can promote positive experiences for DLLs by holding high expectations. They can also emphasize children’s cultural and linguistic strengths.

Dual Language Learners Program Assessment (DLLPA)

Learn how to use the DLLPA to identify strengths and weaknesses in program systems and service areas. This planning tool supports culturally and linguistically responsive services for all children and families.

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Dual Language Learners Toolkit

Administrators, practitioners, and families who support young children learning their home languages and English can find helpful resources for building an intentional approach to language use.

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Planned Language Approach (PLA) for Language and Literacy

The PLA is a comprehensive, research-based way for early education programs to ensure optimal language and literacy services for children who speak English. It is also helpful for those who are DLLs.

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Making It Work

This resource can help American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) early education staff meet school readiness goals. Learn how to use it while teaching traditional cultural skills, values, beliefs, and lifeways.

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Culture and Language

Last Updated: September 13, 2018