Resources and learning opportunities from WIDA Early Years

Learn about a new webpage, free educator tools and fall webinars from the WIDA Early Years program.

New WIDA Early Years webpage: Early Language Development

Visit the new Early Language Development webpage for tools and resources to help early care and education (ECE) professionals plan equitable and engaging learning opportunities for young multilingual children.

The webpage includes free resources and tools from the new Making Connections series, a resource recently released by the Early Years team for member states:

  • A Language-Focused Approach to Planning Equitable Opportunities allows readers to learn more about a language-focused approach to planning equitable learning opportunities for multilingual children.
  • The Language-Focused Planning Tool is designed to assist ECE practitioners embed a language-focused approach to planning.
  • The Language-Focused Planning Tool: Annotated Guide provides guiding questions to help ECE practitioners use the Language-Focused Planning Tool.

The tools listed above are available to all educators who serve young multilingual children in ECE programs or settings. To explore the Making Connections documents currently available, visit the WIDA Resource Library.

Join WIDA Early Years for upcoming Making Connections webinars

Introduction to Making Connections: An Overview of New WIDA Early Years Resources for Early Care and Education Professionals

This interactive webinar will provide an overview of the new WIDA Early Years Making Connections resource, including the three tools highlighted within this article. Participants will have an opportunity to make connections with other early childhood professionals to consider how this resource can be utilized in their local context.

September 15
10:30-11:30 a.m. CT
Register for Sep 15

September 22
1:00-2:00 p.m. CT
Register for Sep 22

Introduction to Making Connections: A Language-Focused Approach to Planning Equitable Learning Opportunities

Join this interactive webinar to deepen your understanding about the Making Connections resource and three language-focused planning tools. Participants will have an opportunity to practice using the tools and to engage in activities introduced in an Early Years eWorkshop.

October 13
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CT
Register for Oct 13

October 20
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CT
Register for Oct 20

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