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Lost in Translation: State PreK Must Meet Needs of Dual Language Learners


September 23, 2016 English Language Learners
by GG Weisenfeld

As educators, we are continually striving to close the well-researched and identified achievement gaps, including those between children who speak a language other than English at home and children who speak only English. We know the earlier we start with high-quality education programs the better. So if we look at states’ pre-K policies, we hope…

New Resources for Educators, Policy Makers and Families of Young DLLs


April 15, 2016 English Language LearnersQuality and Curriculum
by Alexandra Figueras-Daniel

The challenges of educating young Hispanic DLLs is currently at the forefront of many conversations. Due to the sheer numbers of young DLLs aging into early care settings and kindergarten, the learning outcomes for preschool age DLLs has mounting implications for educators and policy makers alike. One aspect of the conversation centers on the importance…

Finishing the job we started: the next best step in early childhood education


December 16, 2015 English Language LearnersOutcomes

By Valora Washington and Jeffrey Gross. Valora Washington is the Founder and Director of the CAYL Institute ( www.cayl.org ) and CEO of the Council for Professional Recognition ( www.cdacouncil.org ). Jeffrey Gross is Director of the New Americans Integration Institute at the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy (MIRA) Coalition ( www.miracoalition.org ). Massachusetts has often been on the cutting edge…

What the State of Preschool can tell us about Dual Language Learners in state programs


October 21, 2015 English Language Learners

The NIEER State of Preschool Yearbook collects data on a variety of topics relating to early childhood, including how states are serving dual language learners. According to Child Trends , nearly 22 percent of U.S. children live in a household that speaks a language other than English, therefore, it is important to analyze what supports early childhood programs are providing…

Buried treasure: Discovering gold in the NIEER State of Preschool Yearbook


September 9, 2015 English Language Learners

Similar to birds migrating north every year, a wealth of information on early education flies annually into the National Institute for Early Education Research ( NIEER ), as specialists from state education agencies provide data for the Annual State of Preschool Yearbook . Entering its 13th year, the Yearbook reports valuable information on access to, quality of, and resources for state…

Young immigrants and dual language learners: Participation in pre-K and Kindergarten entry gaps


February 18, 2015 English Language Learners

In a recent webinar , NIEER discussed what it means to be Hispanic and a DLL (a dual language learner) or Hispanic and come from a home with immigrant parents. We showed that Hispanic children, DLLs, and children with an immigrant background have lower rates of participation in center-based care (including Head Start) pre-K programs than…

Anticipating quality for all children


September 10, 2014 AccessEnglish Language LearnersWorkforce

I remember the anticipation each fall as school was about to begin. So much was going on in my mind. Who was going to be in my class? What kind of year was it going to be? What were we going to learn? I was excited. I was nervous. These memories are not from when…

Readiness and Opportunity Gaps in Early Education, 60 Years After Brown v. Board of Ed


May 19, 2014 AccessEnglish Language Learners

Saturday marked the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, declaring that separate educational facilities are inherently unequal, and marking a major step forward in the Civil Rights movement. Yet 60 years later, equal access to high quality education remains a significant issue, and nowhere more so than in the preschool years. A new report posted at the Center on…

2013 State Preschool Yearbook Finds Need for Renewed Investment


May 13, 2014 AccessEnglish Language Learners

Today NIEER released its 2013 State Preschool Yearbookat CentroNía/DC Bilingual Public Charter School in D.C. This newest installment of the Yearbook series covers policies, enrollment, and funding for state-funded pre-K programs in the 2012-2013 school year. Joining NIEER Director Steve Barnett at the event were Myrna Peralta, President/CEO of CentroNía; Roberto Rodriguez of the White House Domestic Policy Council ; and Rob Dugger of ReadyNation/America’s Edge This…

Missed Opportunities: Pre-K Lags for Hispanic Children


April 30, 2012 AccessEnglish Language LearnersOutcomes

Hispanic children and families have been hit particularly hard due to recent funding cuts in state-funded pre-K. While the State Preschool Yearbook  does not break down data by ethnicity, our data on state efforts combined with other sources paints a troubling picture for Hispanic preschoolers, especially those growing up in a household where English is not the primary…