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Anna O’Toole was a Research Assistant at MPI, where she provided program support and administrative assistance to the National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy. She currently works with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) assisting communities in the state of Florida to implement a variety of HUD’s community development programs. Prior to joining HUD, she served in county government, where she focused on homelessness policy and system coordination in support of local efforts to prevent and end homelessness.
Ms. O’Toole holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Michigan with concentrations in international studies and Spanish, focusing on the intersection of human rights and migration in Latin America.
Many states and localities have language access laws and policies to ensure people who are Limited English Proficient (LEP) have effective access to essential public services and institutions. This report explores a wide range of common and unique features of these language access laws, highlighting how different jurisdictions have approached issues such as translation, interpretation, agency oversight, technical assistance, and community involvement.
As the share of U.S. children under age 8 who are Dual Language Learners (DLLs) increases, state policies have an important role to play in ensuring all young learners are able to get their education off to a good start. These fact sheets compare key characteristics of DLLs and their peers nationwide and in 30 states, and identify state policies that support equitable access to high-quality early childhood education and care programs.