In the fall of 2014, the Heising-Simons and McKnight Foundations provided support for a National Research Summit on the Early Care and Education of Dual Language Learners in Washington, DC. The Summit focused on new directions in research, policy and practice related to dual language learners (DLLs) in Early Learning settings. With the growing number of DLLs, preschool directors play a key role in supporting the educational, linguistic and socio-emotional outcomes for this diverse population of young learners.
This brief provides a short summary of the summit including new directions in research, policy and practice related to DLLs in ECE settings and included discussion of five commissioned papers:
- Research Based Models and Best Practices for DLLs across Pre-K-3;
- Perspectives on Assessment of DLLs, Pre-K-3;
- Human Resource Development;
- The Critical Role of Leaderships in Programs Designed for DLLs, Pre-K-3;
- Policy Advances & Levers Related to DLLs in Pre-K-3