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 information to parents of DLLs to help them make informed decisions when choosing an Early Learning program for their children. We discuss the characteristics they should look for in an Early Learning program to ensure that their children have a high quality learning experience; one that provides a positive and supportive socio-emotional climate while promoting children’s development and learning.