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Resources | | California Department of Education, Early Edge California, Harder+Company Community Research

Dual Language Learner Professional Development Initiative: Findings Brief

Prepared By Harder+Company Community Research for California Department of Education and Early Edge California

The 2018 California State Budget included a one-time $5 million investment to provide early childhood educators with professional development (PD) to support their work with Dual Language Learners (DLLs). DLLs are children birth to age 5, who are learning two (or more) languages at the same time or are learning a second language while continuing to develop their first (or home) language.

Under the direction of the California Department of Education and with the support of Early Edge California, the Dual Language Learner Professional Development (DLL-PD) initiative supported six grantee programs across the state from February 2019 through June 2020. The DLL-PD grant allowed approximately 1,400 early educators from across the state to participate in training focused on improving their instructional and family engagement practices to support DLL children from birth to age five. Educators from across a variety of early learning settings, including center-based and family childcare homes, participated in the trainings. 
Grantees included the California Preschool Instructional Network; California State University, Channel Islands; Faculty Initiative Project; Language Learning Project; Preschool Guided Language Acquisition Design; and Sobrato Early Academic Language Model (SEAL). Learn more about the grantees, and click below to the read key findings from the initiative. 
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