Early Edge California is proud to co-sponsor AB 1363 (Rivas) to develop a standard process, starting with the California State Preschool Program (CSPP), for providers to identify the Dual Language Learners (DLLs) they enroll and serve, and require providers, through contract requirements, to report key information about DLLs that inform future policy and program decisions, such as ensuring that Early Learning professionals receive the training to support this significant portion of California’s children.
Despite the state’s positive shift acknowledging linguistic and cultural diversity as assets, and although 60% of children ages birth to five live in households in which a language other than English is spoken, there is no consistent manner of identifying DLLs in California’s Early Learning system. The absence of information about the state’s DLLs impairs the ability of state policymakers to make informed decisions over resources and other critical elements of Early Learning programs that could be leveraged to nurture and develop the early linguistic assets of these children for their benefit and the greater benefit of California.
AB 1363 aims to systematize the identification of DLLs in CSPP by:
- (1) developing a standard process for California State Preschool Program providers to identify the DLLs they enroll and serve, and
- (2) requiring providers, through contract requirements, to report key information to the state about DLLs to inform future policy and program decisions.
Author: Assemblymember Luz Rivas
Co-Authors: Assemblymembers Chiu, Eduardo Garcia, and Medina
Tony Thurmond, California State Superintendent of Public Education (Sponsor)
Early Edge California (Sponsor)
Advancement Project California (Sponsor)
California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) (Sponsor)
Californians Together (Sponsor)
AB 1363 is a 2021 Priority Bill for the California Legislative Women’s Caucus.
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