Materials for Multilingual Learners






Partner Resources:

ECED / ECED For Employees

California Early Childhood Online (CECO)To support early childhood teachers, the California Early Learning and Development System provides an integrated set of modules based on state-of-the-art information for early learning and development and best practices in early education. CECO provides free access to professional learning in one centralized location to meet the ever-changing needs of the early childhood field.



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CompSAT - Dual Language Development: CompSAT puts practical self-reflection and assessment and tools into your hands to help you assess your knowledge, skills, and dispositions in the 12 California ECE Competencies.




CDE Resources - AfterSchool Network

Dual Language Learners PDThe California Department of Education, Early Learning and Care Division (CDE/ELCD) offers the Dual Language Learners Professional Development Program (DLL-PD) including SEAL, CSU Channel Islands, and more. 

Multilingual Education: CDE's mission is to equip students with world language skills to better appreciate and more fully engage with the diverse mixture of cultures, heritages, and languages found in California and the world, while also preparing them to succeed in the global economy.

DRDP PortfolioDual Language Learners: Desired Results, in partnership with the California Department of Educationand the WestEd Center for Child & Family Studies, has information on understanding dual language development, assessing and supporting dual language learners, and even more resources.




Dual Language Learner SupportsThe Dual Language Learner Supports tool promotes full implementation of research-based strategies that ensure DLLs have full access to and effective participation in the daily learning experiences. Coaches and educators can use the tool to review instructional practices, identify children’s strengths, and plan for next steps.



Early Childhood EducationEarly Edge California Dual Language Learner Identification Guide: This guide is dedicated to ensuring DLL identification is a positive experience for providers, emphasizing the important role it plays in building strong relationships with DLL children and their families. It covers essential DLL identification principles, effective family engagement strategies, objectives of the Family Language Instrument and Family Language and Interest Interview, and valuable insights into using data for DLL services. 


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Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center (ECLKC) - Culture & LanguageAcross early childhood systems and programs, managers and staff must be prepared to enhance experiences for the growing number of young children who are learning their home languages and English. Administrators, teachers, caregivers, and families can use these resources to help ensure culturally and linguistically appropriate services for all children birth to 5. These resources can also help staff provide high quality services for children who are dual language learners (DLLs). 


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Habla DLL providers bilingual resources for parents, early childhood educators, and therapists to promote the language and literacy skills of young children who are DLL. 




Multilingual Learning Toolkit LogoThe Multilingual Learning Toolkit is an online hub for research-based key principles, instructional strategies, and associated, free, practical, and easy-to-use resources that are geared towards educators who teach PreK-3rd Multilingual Learners. As the resource library continues to grow, make sure you stay connected for the latest updates by filling out the short sign-up form at the bottom of the page.


Personalized Oral Language Learning (POLL): Personalized Oral Language Learning to support your infant, toddler & pre-school students and their families. View the POLL toolkit, videos, and more!



 Teaching At The Beginning Video Series: The Young Dual Language Learner is a vibrant series and professional development tool, shining a bright light on best practices in dual language learning. Now available on our YouTube channel! This series features 20 three-minute videos and offers online streaming, presenter’s guide and questions & reflections. 



Additional articles, reports, and more:


Benefits of Being Bilingual
Gift of Language
Growing and Sustaining Parent Engagement
How to Use Bilingual Books
Planned Language Approach
Language at Home Families
Language at Home Teachers

Early Education for DLLs
NCCLR Strategies
Multicultural Principles for Early Childhood Leaders

Office of Head Start - Culture & Language
Resources Families Project
Revisiting Multicultural Principles for Head Start
Selecting Culturally Appropriate Childrens Books

CDE: PEL Guide

SRI: DLL Articles