Understanding Home Language and English Language Development
The video below explains how knowledge and concepts learned in the home language transfer to English and what issues families of DLLs face. Discover basic strategies families and teachers can use to support home language development.
School readiness and school success for children who are dual language learners are tied directly to mastery of their home language. This series of handouts is designed to provide staff and families with basic information on topics related to children learning two or more languages. They emphasize the benefits of being bilingual, the importance of maintaining home language, and the value of becoming fully bilingual. These easy-to-read resources highlight important information that every adult living or working with young dual language learners should know.
Families Support Their Children Who Are Dual Language Learners
Parents and families are key to holding high expectations and supporting home language development for their dual language learners (DLLs). Families can promote positive experiences for these young children by emphasizing their strengths, including cultural and linguistic strengths. They also provide learning supports necessary to succeed in school. These DLL Toolkit resources can assist families in supporting the learning and development of their young children.
Raising Young Children In a New Country: Supporting Early Learning and Health Development:
This handbook provides families with information on six themes: family well-being, health and safety, healthy brain development, early learning and school readiness, guidance and discipline, and family engagement in early care and education. Programs serving refugee families, newly arrived immigrant families, and others may use this resource with parents to help ease their transition to a new country.
Why Play is a series of brochures offering information to parents and child care providers on play and child development. The brochures cover age groups 0-12 months, 12-30 months, 30-60 months. Brochures can be ordered in sets, or multiple copies of a specific age.
Languages: English French Simplified Chinese Arabic Punjabi Spanish
This flyer was designed to give parents of infants and toddlers with developmental disabilities information on social and emotional development, as well as tips on how they can build strong relationships with their children to improve their children’
These cue cards are available in many languages and can be extremely useful.
Best Start by Health Nexus, formerly Canada Ontario’s Maternal Newborn and Early Child Development Resource Centre, supports service providers working on preconception health, perinatal and newborn health and early child development and education.
Many early childhood booklets, (e.g. what is early intervention, IFSP, parental rights, informed consent, release of information, declining services, procedural safeguards) from Washington State Early Years :
This comprehensive developmental chart identifies milestones in listening, receptive (what your child understands) and expressive (what your says) language speech, cognition (thinking) and social communication. A practical and easy to use form supports you in tracking your child’s development over the long term.
Language: English, Arabic
This resource includes a video, booklet and photocopiable sheets and demonstrates the art of parent-child conversation in everyday family life. The package is designed to support the timely development of parent-child spoken language communication in daily life using the principles that a professional would coach through a good auditory model but demonstrating these techniques in daily routines in the family home.