California’s Best Practices for Young Dual Language Learners: Research Overview Paper

California’s Best Practices for Young Dual Language Learners: Research Overview Paper is a publication that provides early childhood educators with valuable information on the most current research on the development of young dual language learners. This series of research overviews spans the disciplines of neuroscience, cognitive science, developmental psychology, assessment, educational research, family engagement, and special needs.

As a set, the six research overviews reflect the most current research related to the learning and development of young dual language learners. They provide insight into how young dual language learners learn two languages, and also how they develop in other domains. At the same time, the research summaries provide guidance to early child educators on how to support the learning and development of young dual language learners in preschool programs. We hope that these research overviews will be an invaluable resource for supporting the learning and development of young dual language learners in California’s preschool programs and inform the work across the country.
 
The research reviews were developed with the support of the California Department of Education and the leadership of WestEd project directors Peter Mangione and Ann-Marie Wiese, as well as project manager Katie Monahan. Linda Espinosa, Co-Principal Investigator, Center for Early Care and Education Research-Dual Language Learners, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina, Chape Hill, served as the lead researcher for the project.