Resources to Support Multilingual Learners
Multilingual families in our communities are growing. By 2025, districts will need to provide transitional kindergarten options for all four-year-olds. The time is now to recruit, prepare, and support the early childhood educators districts will need to teach their youngest multilingual students, and to do that coherently within the larger P3 system. State leaders have made many millions of state dollars available in SY 2021-22 to support multi-faceted efforts to grow and develop a diverse and effective workforce. They are spread across more than a dozen separate funding opportunities with varying timelines, requirements, and audiences.
With support from the Emerging Bilingual Collaborative and in partnership with the English Learner Workforce Investment initiative (EL-WIN), the Greater LA Education Foundation (GLA) is facilitating free technical assistance, including resource sharing and dedicated grant writing, to help districts unlock state funding.
Below are sample materials that draw on best practices for multilingual learners, early childhood systems, and other areas that districts can use to develop their UPK state plan and apply for related state funding for Residency Grants, Early Educator Teacher Development Grant, and/or Classified School Employee Teacher Credentialing Program Grants.
Additional resources will be added as they become available.
How to Center Multilingual Learners in California Universal Pre-Kindergarten Plans
EL-WIN developed a resource for California school district leaders who want to ensure that their Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) plans explicitly and coherently address the assets and needs of multilingual learners. The resource complements CDE’s planning template, and provides additional evidence-based guidance on how to center multilingual learners.
Click here to access the resource.
Competitive State Grant Opportunities and Timelines
Click here to access an overview of current state grant opportunities.
Recorded Info Session
This pre-recorded session offers resources to support district leaders in applying for the state funding made available to train, hire, and support new TK teachers with a focus on multilingual learners. The session also reviews the CDE UPK planning template and guidance for districts to use in crafting their plans.