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.
Importance of Your Language and Culture
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.
Healthy Brain Development
Early Learning and School Readiness
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.
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]
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)
Last Reviewed: May 2016
Last Updated: September 13, 2016