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This practitioner friendly guide helps all constituents navigate the landscape of early childhood education in linguistically and culturally responsive ways. In this practical guide, 45 contributing experts answer 78 practitioner questions about such topics as the role of a child’s home language in the educational process, proper identification of young dual language learners, standards and regulations, customizing instructional programs, interviewing and staffing, leadership and professional development (PD), and collaborating effectively with families and community partners. These expert responses help educational leaders support teachers, comply with regulations, and achieve desired outcomes.

Learning Support Features: These features allow the book to be used as an in-depth planning tool, an easy-access desktop reference for any early childhood education administrator, and a great resource for graduate courses and high-level PD.

Key Considerations for Language Plan: Each chapter begins with this feature to show educators how they can use what they read to create a specific language plan for their schools that represents the shared knowledge and vision of the entire school community.

Glossary: Highlights and explains the myriad of terms that may be encountered when attending meetings or reading guidance materials about working with young children who have home languages other than English.

Resources and Questions: Each chapter concludes with tools that can immediately be used in practice: