WIDA Early Years
Trusted resources for supporting multilingual children in early care and education settings
WIDA Early Years is a program focused specifically on the language development of young multilingual children in early care and education (ECE) settings. We partner with state education agencies to help states provide support and resources to ECE programs and providers that serve multilingual children and families.
Multilingual children are among the fastest growing populations of children ages birth to eight. These young children learn and develop language(s) across their home, community and ECE environments. Ensuring multilingual children have rich and frequent exposure to language and opportunities to use their home language(s) and English with peers and caring adults is critical for their learning and development as well as their future success in K-12 systems.
What We Offer
- Partnerships with state education agencies to provide statewide resources, benefits and support to ECE communities
- High-quality, research-based instructional tools and resources for supporting multilingual children and families
- Professional learning opportunities designed for ECE practitioners, coaches, and program leaders
WIDA Early Years membership provides states access to tools, resources, and services designed to support the unique needs of young multilingual children in early care and education settings.
Resources for Educators and Practitioners
Early Language Development
Understanding the unique language development needs and experiences of young multilingual children.
Early Years Professional Learning
Learning opportunities for early care and education (ECE) practitioners, coaches and program leaders.
Resources, including webinars and parent handouts, to help educators engage with families to support multilingual learner success.
Visit the Resource Library for a complete list of materials related to early language development.