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.
Resources for Multilingual Learners
MDE English Learner Resource PageVisit English Learner Page
WIDA Early Years
WIDA Early Years eLearning
WIDA Early Years eLearning provides free online professional learning courses to early care and education (ECE) professionals in WIDA Early Years member states. These online professional learning resources focus on supporting young multilingual children in ECE settings.
WIDA Early Years eLearning is intended for ECE professionals, including pre-service and in-service teachers, teacher educators, practitioners, coaches, trainers, and leaders/administrators.
Getting WIDA Early Years eLearning Credit
How can I obtain training credit for WIDA Early Years eLearning in Michigan?
Training credit will be offered through MiRegistry. You must have an account in MiRegistry, and you will need to create an account with WIDA Early Years eLearning system using the same first name, last name and email address as is reflected in your MiRegistry account.
The WIDA account manager will upload WIDA Early Years eLearning participant training completion into MiRegistry weekly. Participants will see the completion as "Verified" on their training tab in MiRegistry. Please do not submit a certificate to MiRegistry.
Will I receive a WIDA Early Years eLearning certificate for the course I completed?
Upon completion of the course requirements for each WIDA Early Years self-paced course, you will have the option to download and save or print your certificate of completion for each course you finish. This certificate is for your purposes only. Please do not submit the certificate of completion to MiRegistry.
Who can I contact with questions about training credit from Michigan?
Contact Shanon Everett with questions about your Michigan training credit.