Culture and Language

Planned Language Approach: The Big 5 Series

This webinar series provides strategies for implementing the Planned Language Approach's (PLA) Big 5 for ALL. The PLA is a comprehensive, systemic, research-based way for Head Start, Early Head Start, and child care programs to ensure optimal language and literacy services for children who speak English and who are dual language learners (DLLs). Children need high-quality experiences in each of the Big 5: Alphabet Knowledge and Early Writing; Background Knowledge; Book Knowledge and Print Concepts; Oral Language and Vocabulary; and Phonological Awareness. Review the development trajectory for these skills in children ages birth to age 5. Program leaders, education staff, and coaches can also watch the webinars for connections between the PLA and the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF).