Head Start has seen a steady increase in the number of children who are classified as dual language learners (DLLs), who speak over 140 languages and are enrolled in 87 percent of all Head Start programs. With the number of DLLs in Head Start expected to increase in the future, it’s imperative that programs are meeting Performance Standards.
It can be difficult for programs to meet Performance Standards without an understanding of their program’s current strengths and weaknesses when it comes to serving DLLs. The Office of Head Start recently started the Dual Language Learners Program Assessment (DLLPA) to assist programs in analyzing their current DLL programs. The DLLPA, which replaces the older Program Performance Checklist, is desinged to help Head Start programs assess the systems and services they have in place for DLLs and their families.
Even though the DLLPA was designed for use by Head Start programs, it can also be used by other Early Learning programs.