WIDA Early Years

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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

Membership

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.

Membership Benefits

Resources for Educators and Practitioners

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Instructional and program practices for supporting early language development and engaging with families
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Can Do Descriptors that highlight what multilingual children can do
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The Resource Library has many more resources for ECE practitioners and teachers.
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Early Language Development

Understanding the unique language development needs and experiences of young multilingual children.

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Early Years Professional Learning

Learning opportunities for early care and education (ECE) practitioners, coaches and program leaders.

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Family Engagement

Resources, including webinars and parent handouts, to help educators engage with families to support multilingual learner success.

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Additional Resources

Visit the Resource Library for a complete list of materials related to early language development.