Ready for Success: Supporting Dual Language Learners in Head Start and Early Head Start

Ready for Success: Supporting Dual Language Learners in Head Start and Early Head Start is a series of professional development opportunities intended to help programs support the healthy development and learning of Dual Language Learners (DLLs). Head Start staff may check this page frequently for the latest information and updates on series related activities.

OHS sponsored a series of Professional Development Opportunities (PDOs) in 2009-2010, to strengthen continuous quality improvement of program systems and services to support and respond to children, ages birth to five, who are dual language learners (DLLs). The series supports the continuous learning and professional development of staff and addresses OHS priorities as well as recommendations from attendees at the 2008 Dual Language Institute. 

Who is the Audience?

Program and classroom leaders in Head Start and Early Head Start programs, Migrant and Seasonal Head Start, American Indian and Alaska Native programs, the T/TA network, and others in the early childhood community will find this series useful.

What are the Goals and Topics?

The goals of the PDOs are to:

  • Expand and disseminate content from the Dual Language Institute regarding the strengths and challenges of children who are DLLs and their families.
  • Provide strategies that support the acquisition of English and the home language.
  • Highlight and disseminate exemplary practices related to the interdependence of dual language acquisition and culture.

The professional development series features these topics: Language and Literacy, Assessment, Diversity and Multiculturalism, and Head Start 101 – the Basics of DLL Support. The Program Preparedness Checklist, a tool developed for the 2008 Dual Language Institute, will be highlighted along with the updated Multicultural Principles for Head Start Programs.

Each PDO features expert resources (e.g., researcher, author), program leaders, and practitioners. Video clips of classroom interactions and interviews with parents, teachers, aides and managers highlight practical strategies and approaches to support DLLs. Questions from participants were solicited in advance and addressed during the events.

How can you access these professional development programs?

The series maximizes the use of technology to present a selection of PDOs consisting of a webcast or a webinar. Each PDO will be available on demand on the ECLKC in English and in Spanish, as appropriate. Some written materials, such as viewer's guides and related resource lists, are available. The table below list the episodes in the series and provides links to each program.

SERIES SCHEDULE
October 2009 – June 2010

Date Title Description

Oct. 7, 2009

Webcast
Ready for Success: Supporting Dual Language Learners (DLLs) in Head Start and Early Head Start

This first webcast presented the content and format for the series. An education manager described how the Program Preparedness Checklist for Serving DLLs and Their Families is currently used for continuous program improvement. Suggestions were given on how to incorporate the series into professional development training for program staff.
Presenters:
Amanda Bryans and Sharon Yandian, OHS
Terry Kohlmeier, PICA Head Start

Nov. 18, 2009

Webinar
Head Start 101: Getting Started With Dual Language Learners in Head Start and Early Head Start

Head Start 101 introduced new grantees to the essentials of Head Start systems and services that support DLLs and their families. The webcast highlighted exemplary practices in classrooms and in program policies. It also offered tips for supporting DLLs and their families at the start of the program year. Current grantees also benefited from reviewing and refreshing their knowledge and understanding of these essential practices.

Jan. 20, 2010

Webcast
Supporting Language Development for Children who are Dual Language Learners in Head Start and Early Head Start (Part I)

This Webcast addressed key concepts related to language acquisition of a first and second language in DLLs, birth to five. It discussed the interconnectedness between language acquisition and development and emergent literacy. The Webcast provided specific strategies to address the different linguistic and cultural contexts that exist in Head Start programs.

With accompanying viewer's guides in English [PDF, 171KB] and Spanish [PDF, 412KB]

March 3, 2010

Webinar
Literacy Development for Children Who Are Dual Language Learners in Head Start and Early Head Start

The Webinar highlighted key concepts in emergent literacy and writing development of DLLs. It discussed instructional strategies and classroom environments. Video clips illustrated strategies for expanding language and literacy experiences of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers engaged with each other and with adults when using one or more languages.

March 31, 2010

Webcast
Assessing the Progress of Children Who are Dual Language Learners in Head Start and Early Head Start

This Webcast explored the progress of DLLs in all areas of development and in all the domains of the Child Outcomes Framework. It discussed a variety of contexts and languages present in Head Start programs across the country. It also provided specific recommendations to better involve classroom leaders and families in supporting children.

With accompanying viewer's guides in English [PDF, 83KB] and Spanish [PDF, 84KB]

May 5, 2010

Webinar
Assessing the Progress of English Language Development for Children Who Are Dual Language Learners in Head Start and Early Head Start

This Webinar provided specific examples of how to address the mandate in the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007 that requires program to ensure children make “... progress towards acquisition of the English language....” Experts and practitioners presented different approaches for observing and documenting progress of English acquisition in DLLs and discussed how the information can be used to inform intentional practice. Assessment of the home language was also discussed.

May 26, 2010

Webcast
Diversity and Multicultural Integration in Head Start and Early Head Start – Part I

Since its inception, Head Start has served culturally and linguistically diverse populations in ways that were responsive, participatory, and empowering. This session presented the updated handbook, Multicultural Principles for Head Start Programs Serving Children Ages Birth to Five. Experts discussed effective ways to use this booklet and other resources during professional development activities.

June 16, 2010

Webcast
Diversity and Multicultural Integration in Head Start and Early Head Start – Part II

Connections between program staff and families are essential to providing culturally and linguistically responsive learning environments. This session showcased programs where staff and families work together to serve DLLs. It also highlighted strategies for involving parents in governance activities and for enhancing parent-teacher communication.

Ready for Success: Supporting Dual Language Learners (DLLs) in Head Start and Early Head Start. HHS/ACF/OHS. 2009. English.

Last Reviewed: July 2010

Last Updated: November 13, 2014