ELLs in the Early Learning Challenge

Oct 05, 2011

By Hannah Matthews

The Early Learning Challenge is an opportunity for states to direct their attention to the needs of English Language Learners (ELLs), a growing population, that is often overlooked in policy conversations. The challenge for states in addressing the needs of ELLs in the Early Learning Challenge rests on gaps in research on the most effective early education practices for young ELLs and the current state of early care and education standards and policies related to ELLs. Still, strategies for how to most effectively reach and serve ELLs in quality early education exist and can be implemented.

To guide states in creating and implementing a high quality RTT-ELC plan that includes ELLs, CLASP is releasing Meeting the Early Learning Challenge: Supporting English Language Learnersa paper that addresses the following topics:

  • Data on ELLs
  • Developmentally, Linguistically and Culturally Appropriate Standards
  • Appropriate Assessments for ELLs
  • Professional Development and Workforce Competencies and Knowledge for Working with ELLs
  • Access to High Quality Programs for ELLs

States should consider including the policies and practices in this paper in their plans to move more ELLs into higher quality care and better meet the needs of ELLs in quality early childhood systems.

Supporting English Language Learners is part of CLASP's Meeting the Early Learning Challenge series, which can be found on CLASP's RTT-ELC resource page. The series includes Better Child Care Subsidies and A Checklist for High-Quality QRIS.

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