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Linda M. Espinosa, Professor of Early Childhood Education (Ret.) at the University of Missouri, Columbia has written, lectured, and consulted widely on effective curriculum and assessment practices for young children from low-income families who are Dual Language Learners. She is currently Co-Principal Investigator for the Center for Early Care and Education Research—Dual Language Learners (CECER-DLL) at Frank Porter Graham CDI at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and Lead Consultant for the Best Practices for Young Dual Language Learners Project at the California State Department of Education, Child Development Division.
Dr. Espinosa also served on the Head Start National Reporting System (NRS) Technical Advisory Group and recently completed her term as a member of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Head Start Research and Evaluation. Dr. Espinosa has worked extensively with low-income Hispanic/Latino children and families throughout California as a school administrator and program director in San Francisco, San Jose, and Redwood City.
This report profiles the population of Dual Language Learner children in the United States, who represent nearly one-third of all U.S. children under age 6, outlining school readiness and patterns of achievement. It evaluates the research on early care and education approaches that have been shown to support higher levels of language and literacy development for this population.