Dual Language Learners: A National Demographic and Policy Profile

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Maki Park, Anna O'Toole, and Caitlin Katsiaficas
Institutional Author
Migration Policy Institute
Resource Type
Fact Sheet
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Published Date
07-06-2018 3:53 PM
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Dual Language Learners (DLLs)those under age 8 with at least one parent who speaks a language other than English at homemake up 32 percent of the U.S. young child population and a growing share of children in most states. While these young learners stand to benefit disproportionately from high-quality early childhood education and care (ECEC), they are less likely than their peers to be enrolled in such programspotentially contributing to lags in kindergarten readiness and later academic achievement. The fact sheets in this series offer a sociodemographic sketch of the DLL population (and comparison to non-DLL peers) at both the national level and in the 30 states with the most DLLs, providing data on age and enrollment, race/ethnicity, income and poverty levels, parental English proficiency and educational attainment, and top home languages spoken in DLL households. The fact sheets also provide an overview of the policies states have introduced to support DLLs and their families in accessing quality ECEC programs, drawing from an MPI survey of state ECEC agencies.

Family and Community Involvement
English Learners
English Learners
Dual Language Programs