Parents and families are key to holding high expectations and supporting home language development for their dual language learners (DLLs). Families can promote positive experiences for these young children by emphasizing their strengths, including cultural and linguistic strengths. They also provide learning supports necessary to succeed in school. These DLL Toolkit resources can assist families in supporting the learning and development of their young children.

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The Importance of Home Language Series

Understanding Home Language and English Language Development

The video below explains how knowledge and concepts learned in the home language transfer to English and what issues families of DLLs face. Discover basic strategies families and teachers can use to support home language development.

Home Language for Success in School and Life | Spanish (español)

Healthy Brain Development

Healthy Brain Development Tip Sheet, Available in Spanish (español) and Arabic (العربية)

Early Learning and School Readiness

Social and Emotional Development, Available in Spanish (español) and Arabic (العربية)

Language and Literacy Development, Available in Spanish (español) and Arabic (العربية)

Approaches to Learning, Available in Spanish (español) and Arabic (العربية)

Cognition Development and General Knowledge, Available in Spanish (español) and Arabic (العربية)

Physical Development, Available in Spanish (español) and Arabic (العربية)

Resources for Families in Multiple Languages

Families can find helpful resources available in a variety of languages, including: English, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Arabic, and Russian.

Raising Young Children in a New Country: Supporting Early Learning and Healthy Development. This handbook provides families with information on six themes: family well-being, health and safety, healthy brain development, early learning and school readiness, guidance and discipline, and family engagement in early care and education. Programs serving refugee families, newly arrived immigrant families, and others may use this resource with parents to help ease their transition to a new country. Available in Arabic (العربية) and Spanish (español).

Handbook Tip Sheets

These tip sheets correspond to the themes in the Handbook and include conversation starters, cultural considerations, and additional resources for each theme.

Family Well-Being

Prenatal Care [PDF, 648KB], Available in Spanish (español) [PDF, 761KB] and Arabic (العربية) [PDF, 552KB]

Health [PDF, 1MB], Available in Spanish (español) [PDF, 761KB] and Arabic (العربية) [PDF, 550KB]

Hygiene [PDF, 1MB], Available in Spanish (español) [PDF, 1.5MB] and Arabic (العربية) [PDF, 593KB]

Oral Health [PDF, 1MB], Available in Spanish (español) [PDF, 678KB] and Arabic (العربية) [PDF, 475KB]

Nutrition [PDF, 911KB], Available in Spanish (español) [PDF, 889KB] and Arabic (العربية) [PDF, 565KB]

Bedtime [PDF, 661KB], Available in Spanish (español) [PDF, 749KB] and Arabic (العربية) [PDF, 576KB]

Safety and Protection

Home Safety [PDF, 1.4MB], Available in Spanish (español) [PDF, 749KB] and Arabic (العربية) [PDF, 527KB]

Safety in Public Places, Child Supervision, and Preventing Harm to Children [PDF, 1.8MB], Available in Spanish (español) [PDF, 969KB] and Arabic (العربية) [PDF, 745KB]

Street, Car, and Taxi [PDF, 2.1MB], Available in Spanish (español) [PDF, 726KB] and Arabic (العربية) [PDF, 587KB]

Guidance and Discipline

Guidance and Discipline Tip Sheet [PDF, 1.4MB], Available in Spanish (español) [PDF, 986KB] and Arabic (العربية) [PDF, 829KB]

Additional Resources for Families

As a parent, there are many ways that you can help your child succeed every single day! These bilingual parent resources offer tips on helping your child learn to read, succeed in school, and learn a new language. They also provide information about the U.S. school system and share ideas on how to build a relationship with your child’s teacher and school.

In addition, you can find fun reading tips and games, bilingual booklists, ideas for using the public library, and videos of children’s authors, illustrators, and musicians. Resources are organized by topic. Available in Spanish (español)

The Preschool Years
The early years of a child's life make a big difference! From getting ready to read to getting ready to enter school, there are lots of ways to help make the most of this important time. Preschool programs can provide wonderful opportunities for your child to learn and grow, and some bilingual programs offer opportunities to learn in two languages. Even if your child isn't in preschool, there are many things you can do at home together, such as practicing letters and numbers, singing nursery rhymes, and reading with your child. Available in Spanish (español)

Raising Bilingual Kids
One of the greatest gifts you can give your child is the gift of two (or more!) languages. Being bilingual is good for your child's brain, makes communication with grandparents and relatives easier, and is an advantage for finding jobs in the future. Available in Spanish (español)

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Last Reviewed: May 2016

Last Updated: September 13, 2016