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ERIC Number: ED566723
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jun-2
Pages: 32
Abstractor: ERIC
Policy Statement on Supporting the Development of Children Who Are Dual Language Learners in Early Childhood Programs
US Department of Health and Human Services
The purpose of this policy statement is to support early childhood programs and States by providing recommendations that promote the development and learning of young children, birth to age five, who are dual language learners (DLLs). The statement also provides support to tribal communities in their language revitalization efforts within tribal early childhood programs. National estimates indicate that there is a large and growing population of children who are DLLs--children who have a home language other than English and are learning two or more languages at the same time, or learning a second language while continuing to develop their first language. Early childhood programs should be prepared to optimize the early experiences of these young children by holding high expectations, capitalizing on their strengths- including cultural and linguistic strengths--and providing them with the individualized developmental and learning supports necessary to succeed in school.
US Department of Health and Human Services. 200 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20201. Tel: 877-696-6775; Tel: 202-619-0257; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: US Department of Health and Human Services; Department of Education (ED)
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Child Care and Development Block Grants; Civil Rights Act 1964 Title VI; Elementary Secondary Education Act Title III; Equal Educational Opportunities Act 1974; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Part C
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A