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The Honorable Luz Rivas
California State Assembly
State Capitol, Room 3126
Sacramento, CA 95814
RE: AB 1363 (Rivas) – SUPPORT
Dear Assembly Member Rivas,
[Name of Your Organization] supports AB 1363 (Rivas), which proposes to take the first critical step of capturing key data about Dual Language Learners (DLLs) in the California State Preschool Program, as highlighted in the Master Plan for Early Learning and Care. This data will help to guide instruction, build on DLLs’ linguistic skills and needs, and support quality early learning.
Specifically, AB 1363 establishes a standard process for California State Preschool providers to identify the DLLs they enroll and serve, and requires providers to report key information about them. This critical information about the state’s DLLs will support the ability of teachers, providers, and state policymakers to make informed decisions over resources and other important elements of early learning programs that could be leveraged to support their long-term academic success and nurture and develop the early linguistic assets of these children for their benefit and the greater benefit of California.
Bilingualism and biculturalism are tremendous assets to both individuals and to society as a whole. Children who are bilingual demonstrate improved outcomes in both academic and social development at a time when the demand for bilingual workers is growing and anticipated to increase even further. AB 1363 is in alignment with the state’s positive shift to acknowledging bilingualism as a linguistic and cultural diversity asset.
Given that DLLs represent 60% of children birth to age five in California, the need for AB 1363 is now. The bill will illuminate ways to improve DLLs’ academic and social outcomes while ensuring that they have the skills they need to be successful in a global economy. For these reasons, we strongly SUPPORT AB 1363.