Diverse Populations

Multilingual Learners

The Early Dual Language Learner test Initiative (EDLLI) provides  resources, professional development, and technical assistance to community partners regarding culturally & linguistically responsive practices for children birth through 5. This cross sector group collaborates with other state initiatives including WI Model Early Learning Standards, Preschool Options Project & WI Pyramid Model.

WIDA Early Years - (website) Provides language development resources to those who support the academic success of multilingual learners, offering a comprehensive, research-based system of language standards, assessments, professional learning and educator assistance, and a Resource Library. For information and access to the FREE modules, click here.

Resources to Support the Full Participation of Young Children Who Dual Language Learners & Their Families (pdf) - This toolkit provides early childhood colleagues with evidence-based practices, tools, and strategies to support young children who are multilingual learners and their families. Despite a slight emphasis on Vermont, it is broadly applicable for practitioners and others across the country.

Policy Statement on Supporting the Development of Children Who are Dual Language Learners in Early Childhood Programs (pdf) - The 2017 joint statement from the Departments of Health & Human Services and Education

Identifying Young Dual Language Learners: State Policies, Home Language Surveys, and Language Proficiency Assessments, 2017 (pdf) - This brief examines state policies requiring the identification of DLLs in Pre-K, reviews current practices in home language surveys and language proficiency assessments & address 3 critical questions states face in order to properly identify young DLL's & meet their needs.

Dual Language Learners: Research Informing Policy (pdf)  - a report from the Frank Porter Graham Center on Early Care and Education Research related to Dual Language Learners (2013)

Office of Head Start National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness (website) - provides research-based information, practices and strategies to ensure optimal academic and social progress for linguistically and culturally diverse children and their families. The center provides culturally responsive, user-friendly materials and training to promote strong language and literacy skills in children’s home language and in English.

OSEP Spanish Glossary of Special Education Terms (webpage) - a useful resource for districts to ensure consistency among interpretation and translation services related to IEP meetings and documents

Where We Stand on Responding to Linguistic and Cultural Diversity - (pdf) Position statement by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAECY) 2009

Where We Stand on Assessing Young English Language Learners - (pdf) Position statement by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) 2009

Understanding the Impact of Language Differences on Classroom Behavior  (pdf) - Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning Brief by R. M. Santos, M. M. Ostrosky


Updated 11/18/2020

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