DLL Recommended Resources

Research & Resources for Supporting Young Dual Language Learners

La ciencia detrás del desarrollo cerebral

Dr. Carola Oliva-Olson, Principal Investigator & Director was featured in the Univision "Semana de Educación - La ciencia detrás del desarrollo cerebral" segment to share the importance of early language experiences and what we have learned from neuroscience.


Each & Every Child NAEYC Resource

NAEYC curated collection provides concrete strategies and tips for implementing recommendations from NAEYC’s position statement “Advancing Equity in Early Childhood Education” in your work with children ages 3 through 5. Includes two articles co-authored by Dr. Carola Oliva-Olson on Strategies for Supporting Children in Superdiverse Settings.


Ready DLL Mobile App

Ready DLL is a mobile application (app). Users can access resources, learn key words and phrases in multiple languages, and discover strategies from their phone or tablet.


Quality Counts California (QCC)

Dual Language Learners Resource Guide: Best and Promising Practices for Supporting Young Dual Language Learners in California

Getting It Right for Young Children from Diverse Backgrounds Book

By: Dr. Linda Espinosa

Free Copy of Chapter 4: Practical & Proven Strategies for Teaching Young DLLs (Download)

PD2GO Dual Language Learners Pack

NASEM Report & Webinar

Promoting the Educational Success of Children and Youth Learning English: Promising Future


Language & Literacy Resources

Book Recommendations


Language Castle Website & Newsletter


Language Castle Connection Newsletter

Curated by Karen Nemeth

Link to Join

Talk.Read.Sing. Everyday Scholastic Website & App

Literacy and Print Materials for Teachers and Parents


Head Start ECLKC Dialogic Reading Professional Development Module

This ECLKC Professional Development Module is designed to guide Head Start and Early Head Start program staff on using the dialogic reading strategy to support early literacy in children who are dual language learners (DLLs).


Training Opportunities

California Early Childhood Online (CECO) Training Modules

Foundations & Frameworks

  • Overview of the Early Learning & Development System for Infant/Toddler and Preschool

    • Infant/Toddler Language Development

    • Preschool Language and Literacy Development

    • Preschool English-Language Development

Preschool Program Guidelines

  • Module 5: Chapter 6 - Support for young dual language learners

Family Partnerships & Culture

  • Module 1: Best Practices for Planning Curriculum for Young Children: Family Partnerships and Culture

  • Module 2: Overview of Guiding Principles for Developing Cultural Competence

  • Module 5: Best Practices in Planning Curriculum for Young Children (intended for Teachers & Administrators)

Quality Counts California Family Engagement Toolkit

  • Module 2: Build Strengths-based Relationships

  • Module 4: Show Cultural Respect


ECLKC Dual Language Learner Modules

E-Learning Topics:

  • Module 1: Value of Supporting Home Language Learning and English

  • Module 2: Intentionally Creating a Welcoming Environment

  • Module 3: Making Connections fo rChildren Who Are DLLs and Their Families

  • Module 4: Springing into Action

Modules are free to complete, .2 CEUs are available upon request.

Access Information:

  • Register for Individualized Professional Development (iPD) Portfolio on Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC)

  • Enroll in "Dual Language learner Celebration Week: Spring into Practice"


California Preschool Development Grant (PDG) Online Learning Pilot

The California Preschool Development Grant (PDG) is piloting instructor-led and asynchronous courses designed specifically for early learning providers entirely online.

These courses support early childhood professionals to expand their skills and advancing their careers by making professional development easy, accessible, and highly effective.

  • All courses are FREE of cost

  • Choose from Instructor-led and Asynchronous options.

  • Courses can be completed on your own time.

  • Infant/Toddler and Preschool courses are available

  • Spanish courses are available

For more information visit: https://http://www.californiapdg.org/. For help or information email support@californiapdg.org

Note: The California Preschool Development Grant (PDI) Online Learning Pilot courses are not affiliated with the CSU Channel Islands Dual Language Learners Professional Development Project.

Policy and Advocacy

The Dual Language Learner Policy Platform

The Dual Language Learner Policy Platform: Informing California’s Early Learning and Care Policies and Investments in 2020–21 and Beyond

Lead Author: Marlene Zepeda, Ph.D.

Co-Authors: Carolyne Crolotte, JunHee Doh, Vickie Ramos Harris

Informed by DLL experts and stakeholders in the early childhood field, The Dual Language Learner Policy Platform guides decision-makers to build on the assets and recognize the needs of DLLs and their families when improving our state’s ELC system. The Platform’s recommendations align with the asset-based approach to DLLs in the California English Learner Roadmap and reflect its values and spirit. Recommendations identify both short-term and long-term goals.


Making Room for More: DLL Communications Framework

California's Gold: An Advocacy Framework for Young DLLS