Policy Statement on Supporting the Development of Children Who Are Dual Language Learners in Early Childhood Programs
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education released a joint statement, accompanied by a toolkit of resources, to support educational entities which may support the development and education of young dual language learners. Dual language learners (DLLs) are children who come from homes where a language other than English is spoken and comprise a growing proportion of preschoolers in Head Start programs, reaching 29% in 2008. The purpose of this policy statement is to support early childhood programs and states by providing policies, research, and recommendations that promote the development and learning of young DLLs, from birth to age five. This policy statement also provides support to tribal communities in their language revitalization efforts within tribal early childhood programs. This paper includes recommendations that states and districts can follow regarding community outreach, resource allocation, professional development, and program planning. The policy statement is also available in Spanish: Declaracian de la polatica sobre el apoyo al desarrollo de los niatos que aprenden en dos idiomas en los programas de la primera infancia.