Preschool and Kindergarten: ELLs

This section focuses on the early education of young English language learners (ELLs).  Resources include a webcast, classroom strategies, parent tips, research and policy recommendations, and recommended books and websites.

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Peep and the Big Wide World: Bilingual Activities & STEM Curriculum

Public television producer WGBH has launched a bilingual website and preschool curriculum based on Peep and the Big Wide World, the Award-winning STEM series for 3-5 year olds following a newly hatched chicken named Peep and his friends Chirp and Quack (a robin and a duck) on their daily adventures. Each half-hour episode contains two stories which highlight specific science concepts, plus two live-action shorts presenting real kids playing and experimenting with these concepts in their own big wide worlds.

The accompanying site includes bilingual games, videos, apps, a 6-unit STEM curriculum, professional development video modules for early childhood educators, and science resources and activity ideas for families.  The website is also available in Spanish.

Dual Language Learner Toolkit

This toolkit from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education provides resources that can be used to support young children who are learning their home languages and English. It is divided into three sections 1) administrators and managers; 2) teachers, caregivers, and family services staff; and 3) families