Megina Baker is a Lecturer in the Early Childhood Education Department at Boston University and a researcher on the Pedagogy of Play project at Harvard Graduate School of Education's Project Zero. She completed her PhD at Boston College, where her research focused on learning from community-nominated early childhood teachers who excel in teaching young Dual Language Learners.
Dr. Baker has more than ten years of experience teaching young children, both in the United States and in Sweden. In collaboration with the Boston Public Schools, she also co-authored an integrated, play-based curriculum for Boston's kindergartens called Focus on K2.
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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.