Planning & Literacy Development: Reports

These materials help programs plan curriculum that responds to the cultural and linguistic needs of Dual Language Learners.


The following materials lay the foundation and highlight effective practices for DLLs. They have been purposely selected to work together in helping you gain knowledge that is culturally and linguistically responsive to the needs of DLL children. While the information in this section provides the context for addressing the unique needs of DLLs, additional important information can be found in other sections such as Research, Supplementary Materials, and Multimedia. For example, the resources displayed under Multimedia offer strategies and best practices through webcasts, webinars or podcasts.

Colorín Colorado. AFT Toolkit for Teachers: Reaching Out to Hispanic Parents of English Language Learners. 2005.

Early Head Start National Resource Center. Linguistic Diversity and Early Literacy: Serving Culturally Diverse Families in Early Head Start. Technical Paper #5. 2001.

FPG Child Development Institute. A FirstSchool Framework for Curriculum and Instruction. Issues in Pre-K - 3rd Education: Number 7. 2009. [PDF, 377KB].

Gillanders, Christina and Castro, Dina C. National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). "Storybook Reading for Young Dual Language Learners." 2011. [PDF, 608KB].

Hirschler, Julie A. "How Teachers Support English Language Learners in the Classroom." English Language Learners. Head Start Bulletin #78. 2005.

National Institute for Early Education Research.  Early Literacy: Policy and Practice in Preschool Years. Preschool Policy Brief Issue 10. 2006. [PDF, 1.33MB].

National Institute for Early Education Research. Preschool Curriculum Decision-Making: Dimensions to Consider. Preschool Policy Brief Issue 12. 2007. [PDF, 319KB].

Office of Head Start. Revisiting and Updating the Multicultural Principles for Head Start Programs Serving Children Ages Birth to Five. 2010.

Office of Head Start. Using "Splat the Cat" to Promote Dialogic Reading Strategies. 2010.

Office of Head Start. Using "Tough Boris" to Promote Dialogic Reading Strategies. 2010.

Be sure to visit the Early Childhood Development Planning and Curriculum section for more information.

Planning & Literacy Development: Reports. HHS/ACF/OHS. 2011. English.

Last Reviewed: September 2011

Last Updated: November 13, 2014