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Can Do Descriptors - Early Years

The Early Years Can Do Descriptors provide examples of what dual-language learners (DLLs) can do at various stages of language development from 2 to 5 years old.

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Making Connections (Alabama)

Making Connections: Using the Alabama Early Learning and Development Standards and WIDA Early Years Resources to Plan Instruction for Young Multilingual Children is a comprehensive resource that offers suggestions, tools, and sample plans for teachers who use the Alabama Early Learning and Development Standards and WIDA Early Years resources to plan equitable learning opportunities for young multilingual children.

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Making Connections (Connecticut)

Making Connections: Using the Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards and WIDA Early Years Resources to Plan Instruction for Young Multilingual Children is a comprehensive resource that offers suggestions, tools, and sample plans for teachers who use the Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards and WIDA Early Years resources to plan equitable learning opportunities for young multilingual children.

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Making Connections (Illinois)

Making Connections: Using the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards and WIDA Early Years Resources to Plan Instruction for Young Multilingual Children is a comprehensive resource that offers suggestions, tools, and sample plans for teachers who use the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards and WIDA Early Years resources to plan equitable learning opportunities for young multilingual children.

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Making Connections (Maryland)

Making Connections: Using the Maryland Early Learning Standards and WIDA Early Years Resources to Plan Instruction for Young Multilingual Children is a comprehensive resource that offers suggestions, tools, and sample plans for teachers who use the Maryland Early Learning Standards and WIDA Early Years resources to plan equitable learning opportunities for young multilingual children.

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Making Connections (Michigan)

Making Connections: Using the Michigan Early Learning and Development Standards and WIDA Early Years Resources to Plan Instruction for Young Multilingual Children is a comprehensive resource that offers suggestions, tools, and sample plans for teachers who use the Michigan Early Learning and Development Standards and WIDA Early Years resources to plan equitable learning opportunities for young multilingual children.​​

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Making Connections (Minnesota)

Making Connections: Using the Early Childhood Indicators of Progress: Minnesota’s Early Learning Standards and WIDA Early Years Resources to Plan Instruction for Young Multilingual Children is a comprehensive resource that offers suggestions, tools, and sample plans for teachers who use the Early Childhood Indicators of Progress: Minnesota’s Early Learning Standards and WIDA Early Years resources to plan equitable learning opportunities for young multilingual children.

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Making Connections (New Mexico)

Making Connections: Using the New Mexico Early Learning Guidelines and WIDA Early Years Resources to Plan Instruction for Young Multilingual Children is a comprehensive resource that offers suggestions, tools, and sample plans for teachers who use the New Mexico Early Learning Guidelines and WIDA Early Years resources to plan equitable learning opportunities for young multilingual children.

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Making Connections (Virginia)

Making Connections: Using the Virginia Early Learning and Development Standards and WIDA Early Years Resources to Plan Instruction for Young Multilingual Children is a comprehensive resource that offers suggestions, tools and sample plans for teachers who use the Virginia Early Learning and Development Standards and WIDA Early Years resources to plan equitable learning opportunities for young multilingual children.

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Making Connections (Washington)

Making Connections: Using the Washington State Early Learning and Development Guidelines and WIDA Early Years Resources to Plan Instruction for Young Multilingual Children is a comprehensive resource that offers suggestions, tools, and sample plans for teachers who use the Washington State Early Learning and Development Guidelines and WIDA Early Years resources to plan equitable learning opportunities for young multilingual children.

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Making Connections (Wisconsin)

Making Connections: Using the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards and WIDA Early Years Resources to Plan Instruction for Young Multilingual Children is a comprehensive resource that offers suggestions, tools, and sample plans for teachers who use the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards and WIDA Early Years resources to plan equitable learning opportunities for young multilingual children.

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Planning for Languaging and Learning

In early care and education (ECE) settings, planning for multilingual children includes fostering the many ways we use language to make meaning of our environments, experiences, and learning. This WIDA Snapshot includes ideas for gathering information from families, community members, and classroom observations to use while planning.

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WIDA Early Language Development Standards

The WIDA Early Language Development Standards, available for English and Spanish language development, are designed for use with children ages 2.5–5.5 years old and correspond to five domains of children’s development and learning: approaches to learning, language and communication development, cognition and general knowledge, physical well-being and motor development, and social and emotional development.

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WIDA Early Years Guiding Principles of Language Development

The WIDA Early Years Guiding Principles of Language Development provide practitioners with a broad perspective on key concepts related to the language development of young children learning multiple languages. To further clarify the guiding principles, these research highlights provide practitioners with research-based descriptions and examples of effective practices.

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