Date of Award

2014

Degree Type

Creative Project

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)

Department

Special Education and Rehabilitation

First Advisor

Lillian Duran

Abstract

Given that demographic statistics in early childhood settings show an increase in the number of children who are Dual Language Learners (DLLs), it is necessary to provide early childhood education professionals with information and skill-building opportunities regarding how to best serve DLL children. Head Start, a federally funded preschool for children and families living in poverty, provides services for an increasing number of DLLs. Head Start professionals are in need of effective professional development about DLLs and their families. This study examined the effects of a training on Head Start professionals' knowledge and skills for working with DLL families. Participants included Head Start preschool teachers and home visitors who were serving children from birth to 5 years of age. The training consisted of lecture and learning activities. Participants took pre- and post-tests based on content covered during training and a participant belief survey. Results showed an increase in participant knowledge and a change in belief rating. The results provide a framework for developing and delivering similar training content and materials in preschool settings.

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