Mariela Páez is an Associate Professor at the Lynch School of Education, Boston College. She holds a doctorate in human development and psychology from the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. Her primary research interests include bilingualism, children’s language and early literacy development, and early childhood education.
Dr. Páez has conducted several longitudinal studies with young bilingual children with funding from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Educational Research and Improvement. She is the author of numerous articles and co-editor of Latinos: Remaking America (with Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, 2008).
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As preschools across the United States enroll Dual Language Learners who speak a wide variety of languages at home, it is crucial that early childhood education and care providers have the tools to effectively support this superdiverse population. This report examines how teachers in different preschool programs use English and their students’ home languages to support their development and future academic success.