The U.S. Department of Education recently published a “Fact Sheet” regarding the White House announcement of a new federal policy statement from the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education on increasing support for dual language learners (“DLLs”) in early childhood programs. The Fact Sheet is available HERE.
The first federal action addressed is a new federal policy statement on more effectively supporting DLLs in early childhood programs. The new policy statement includes recommendations to states and early childhood programs to increase accessibility to state and local communities and the parents of DLLs. Additionally, the policy statement provides guidance on fostering bilingualism and learning in children and building the skills necessary for the early childhood workforce to augment DLLs’ education.
The second federal action announced is the release of a new DLL electronic toolkit created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Head Start, which includes free resources on supporting learning and development for early educators, child care providers, and families.
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