Dual Language Learners in Early Childhood Education: A Federal Guidance Crosswalk

How to use the Language Castle DLL Policy Crosswalk:

Twelve national reports and policy statements have been released over the past two years that provide recommendations for supporting dual language learners (DLLs) in early childhood. This crosswalk is designed to show how these recommendations can work together to support effective early childhood care and education. Column headings represent the components recommended by the various reports. The colored blocks show which of the documents includes that recommendation. For example, report #1, Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth through Age 8 was released in 2015. It includes recommendations for cultural responsiveness, professional development on first and second language development, support for home languages, and preparing the workforce to support DLLs. If you follow down each column you will see which other reports overlap with the recommendations of Transforming the Workforce. For example, the green blocks show that 9 of the 12 reports recommend cultural responsiveness as a key component for supporting young DLLs.

By highlighting the commonalities across the field, this crosswalk was designed to streamline the work of administrators and educators as they plan services and funding to make their work with young DLLs more effective.

Infographic by Language Castle LLC www.languagecastle.com  Click on the links below to access the sources.



  • Linda Snead-Sanders says:

    I would like a better understanding of how to use the Crosswalk. Was not able to find a key to explain the color coding, and why the resources are listed throughout. Perhaps I over looked that.

    • Karen Nemeth says:

      Thank you for your question, Linda. I have added an explanation and some more details to this post. I hope it helps! Karen

  • Linda Snead-Sanders says:

    Thank you so much for including the detailed explantation. I can readily see the benefits of the Crosswalk. It is a much needed resource that will help providers and others link research with practice.

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