CECER DLL Policy Forum

Date Published: May 15, 2013


Policy Forum on Early Development and Education of Dual Language Learners:  Recent Research Findings and Recommendations

On May 14, 2013 CECER-DLL hosted a Policy Forum on Capitol Hill to highlight and expand the work of the CECER-DLL in relation to research and policy. The goals and objectives of the May forum were to bring attention to the research of the center and make recommendations based on research findings that inform policy.
Recent developmental science research on dual language learners  has begun to spotlight new and important  conceptual and empirical advances. These research efforts from Center for Early Care and Education Research - Dual Language Learners at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Frank P. Graham Child Development Institute point to important policy considerations  for provision of private and public child care; early learning; early social, literacy and cognitive development relevant to Head Start, Title I, and other federal, state and local early learning programs; and implications for issues of child assessment, assessment of program quality, teacher preparation, workforce development, immigration and other issues confronting society in the 21st Century. 
Panelists included: Dina C. Castro, MPH, PhD., Center Director & Principal Investigator, Senior Scientist, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, UNC-CH, Eugene Garcia, PhD, Co-Principal Investigator, Professor Emeritus, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, ASU, Carol Scheffner Hammer, PhD, Co-Principal Investigator, Professor & Chair, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Temple University, Linda Espinosa, PhD, Co-Principal Investigator, Professor of Early Childhood, University of Missouri-Columbia , and Margaret Burchinal, PhD, Senior Statistician, Senior Scientist, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, UNC-CH.  The forum was held from 2 PM at the National Press Club. Read the Policy Report in its entirety below:
To listen to the press conference held prior to the Policy Forum click on the link below: