The Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education, in partnership with the Alabama Department of Education, is excited to announce that the early care and education (ECE) community in Alabama now has free access to WIDA Early Years eLearning. These online professional learning resources focus on supporting young multilingual children in ECE settings. Multilingual children, commonly referred to as dual language learners, are young children who are growing up learning and developing more than one language.
WIDA Early Years eLearning offers self-paced, interactive modules that provide opportunities for reflection and offer suggestions for applying content to local practice. In addition to self- paced modules, WIDA Early Years eLearning also provides exclusive access to the Are We Ready? What K-12 Educators Can Do to Support Young Multilingual Children webinar and downloadable resources. Are We Ready? resources promote collaboration among Pre-K and K-3 educators to support multilingual children and families as they transition to Kindergarten.
Please see below for a description of eLearning resources available, frequently asked questions, and instructions for creating a user account for WIDA Early Years eLearning. To access WIDA Early Years eLearning, visit https://go.wisc.edu/3d61bc .
A cultural enrichment approach uses families’ home cultures as their foundation. When young children see themselves and their family reflected in the language, books, dress-ups, food, and customs of their early learning program, their self-concepts and personal identities are enhanced. They are more likely to feel understood and to interact positively with others. Look beyond your materials and environment and determine ways in which you can learn more about families’ culture that can be incorporated into your early learning program. For additional state specific support, see the newly revised Alabama Standards of Early Learning and Development (ASELDs).