ERIC Number: EJ720548
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
Reference Count: 4
Head Start Embraces Language Diversity
David, Judy, Comp.
Young Children, v60 n6 p40-43 Nov 2005
Over its 40 years, Head Start has evolved from serving a population of primarily Spanish-speaking English-language learners to working with children and families who speak more than 140 different languages. In some Head Start classrooms, as many as 10 different languages are used by the children. In other classrooms, a majority of the English-language learners may speak one language--perhaps Spanish or a Native American or Alaskan Indian language. Head Start teaching teams also represent linguistic diversity that includes fluency in Russian, Arabic, and Chinese. This article presents several vignettes that provide a closer look at how Head Start programs are meeting the needs of linguistically diverse children. The first two accounts look at Head Start programs in rural Alaska and Oklahoma. The third vignette addresses concerns about first- and second-language development and appropriate instructional strategies. [This article was written with contributions from Onsomu Onchonga, Ramona Drew, Regina Grass, Robert Stechuk, and M. Susan Burns.]
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Youth, Preschool Children, English (Second Language), High Risk Students, Diversity (Student), Rural Education, Second Language Learning, Child Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alaska; Oklahoma