Multilingual children learn and develop two or more languages as they navigate their home, community and early care and education (ECE) settings. Children’s experiences, environments, exposure to languages and opportunities to use language all play key roles in their early language development.
While all young children need support, guidance, and positive interactions with adults, multilingual children need additional attention to their individual linguistic needs and experiences as they develop both their home language(s) and additional languages. Supporting multilingual children’s early language development is critical for their future success in K-12 systems.
The following resources can help parents and providers support multilingual learners.
WIDA Early Years is an evidence-based program focused specifically on the language development of young multilingual children, often referred to as dual language learners, in early care and education (ECE) settings. Along with building local capacity in supporting multilingual children and families, the partnership also includes support for strategic statewide planning and the rollout of WIDA Early Years tools and resources.
- WIDA Early Years Spring Webinar Series for Member States
- WIDA Early Years modules - All licensed childcare staff need to access these training modules through the MiRegistry system to receive credit. Please contact Shanon Everett to get started.
- Look What I Can Do! Toolkit
- WIDA Professional Learning Cohort - The WIDA Early Years Professional Learning Cohort (PLC) is an intensive, long-term professional learning program designed to help participants build knowledge, skills, and confidence in facilitating local professional learning for providers working with young dual language learners. We currently have 60 members participating in in the PLC this spring. Check back for possible opportunities in the future.
- ABC’s of Family Engagement
- WIDA and Michigan Early Childhood Standards
The WIDA Early Years project was supported by the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five Initiative (PDG B-5), Grant Number 90TP0055, from the Office of Child Care, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Return to the Preschool Development Grant B-5 page.