Early Years Professional Learning

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Build on your capacity to support multilingual children

WIDA Early Years offers professional learning opportunities* for early care and education (ECE) practitioners, coaches and program leaders that serve multilingual children and their families. Designed to highlight multilingual children’s language learning and development, WIDA Early Years professional learning:

  • Builds capacity around supporting multilingual children, ages 2.5-5.5 years
  • Promotes language-focused family engagement
  • Provides tools and resources for designing high-quality instruction and assessment for multilingual children

Early Years professional learning offerings are available in the following delivery formats:

  • Online, on-demand learning modules that can be accessed any time
  • 1-3 day workshops
  • Blended learning that include 1-3 days in person, with online learning over an extended period of time

To learn more about these offerings, described below, or to inquire about scheduling and availability, please contact us.


* PLUs cannot be used for Early Years Professional Learning.

Master Cadre Training of Trainers (ToT)

This intensive program prepares participants to facilitate local professional learning opportunities for early care and education audiences around the WIDA Early Years Essential Actions. Using a blended learning design that spans 4-5 months, this program engages participants in activities focused on enhanced facilitation techniques, as well as strategies for planning and evaluating effective professional learning. Participants will have opportunities to design activities and practice facilitation over the course of the program.

Prerequisite(s): Introduction to WIDA Early Years, Essential Actions: Institute I, Essential Actions: Institute II

Up to 30 participants

Essential Actions: Institute I

This 2-day interactive workshop introduces participants to the WIDA Early Years Essential Actions, a series of practices, grounded in research, that support the learning and language development of young multilingual children in center-based early care and education programs. Participants will explore Essential Actions that focus on establishing culturally and linguistically responsive learning environments and effective practices for family engagement.

Prerequisite(s): Introduction to WIDA Early Years

Up to 30 participants

Essential Actions: Institute II

This 2-day interactive workshop builds on Essential Actions: Institute I by exploring Essential Actions that focus on instructional practices for supporting the language learning and development of young multilingual children. Participants will learn how to plan language instruction using WIDA tools and resources.

Prerequisite(s): Introduction to WIDA Early Years, Essential Actions: Institute I

Up to 30 participants

Introduction to WIDA Early Years

This 1-day interactive workshop examines key ideas and concepts from the WIDA Can Do Philosophy and WIDA Early Years Guiding Principles of Language Development that are essential for providing quality care and education to young multilingual children. Participants will connect research to practice as they explore topics related to language development and language-focused family engagement. This workshop provides foundational knowledge in supporting multilingual children and their families.

Prerequisite(s): None

Up to 30 participants

Early Years Online Modules

Online learning modules are self-paced, stand-alone learning experiences. Each module contains one hour of content. The five online learning modules available are: 

  • Dual Language Learners and their Families
  • Dual Language Learners with Disabilities
  • Scaffolding Language Learning
  • Promising Practices 
  • WIDA Early English Language Development Standards Framework

Prerequisite(s): None

Unlimited number of participants

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Featured Educator

"I loved the Master Cadre because it reinforced my belief in the importance of embracing culture and diversity and in supporting children with their born language. It also gave me a chance to reflect on my teaching and on our program and to think about our best practices and partnerships and about how best to support our dual language learners. It gave me a clear vision of what I want our program to become and helped me develop effective goals."

Beletu Angagwa, Early Head Start Coordinator

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Family Engagement

Flyers, short videos and other resources to help educators engage with families to support multilingual learner success.

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Can Do Descriptors

Use the Descriptors to understand what multilingual learners can do at various stages of language development, and advocate for equitable access to developmentally appropriate content throughout this continuum.

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Early Language Development Standards

A framework for supporting, instructing, and assessing the language development of multilingual children, ages 2.5 – 5.5 years.

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Early Years Partnerships

WIDA Early Years partners with state education agencies to provide early care and education practitioners, coaches and program leaders access to high-quality tools and resources designed to support multilingual children, ages 2.5-5.5 years.