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Home Language for Success in School and Life

Children and families enrolled in Head Start and Early Head Start speak over 140 languages. They attend 87 percent of programs across the United States and are approximately one third of the Head Start population. The vast majority of programs have children enrolled who speak a home language other than English.

It is important that all staff understand children’s home language is fundamental to their learning. This video explains why it is critical that dual language learners continue to learn their home language as they learn English for success in school and life.

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Last Reviewed: October 2015

Last Updated: January 6, 2017