Multilingual Learners

Multilingual Learners

Multilingual children learn and develop two or more languages as they navigate their home, community and early care and education (ECE) settings. Children’s experiences, environments, exposure to languages and opportunities to use language all play key roles in  their early language development.

While all young children need support, guidance, and positive interactions with adults, multilingual children need additional attention to their individual linguistic needs and experiences as they develop both their home language(s) and additional languages. Supporting multilingual children’s early language development is critical for their future success in K-12 systems.

The following resources can help parents and providers support multilingual learners.

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MDE English Learners website


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WIDA Early Years is an evidence-based program focused specifically on the language development of young multilingual children, often referred to as dual language learners, in early care and education (ECE) settings. Along with building local capacity in supporting multilingual children and families, the partnership also includes support for strategic statewide planning and the rollout of WIDA Early Years tools and resources. 

The WIDA Early Years project was supported by the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five Initiative (PDG B-5), Grant Number 90TP0055, from the Office of Child Care, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Return to the Preschool Development Grant B-5 page.