Parental Support
  • Click here to learn more about the Center for Language and Culture (CLC) and to get the calendar of events of programs and services offered for parents and families of multilingual and dual language learners. 


  • For Families

    Screen-Free Activities to do at home with Children (in Spanish)
    Many of the resources below, recommended by Abriendo Puertas, emphasize the importance of mindful screen time, and encourage activities that do not require a device. 

    Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors has developed a video series as well as a list of helpful resources for organizations and families to help ease the stress and isolation during these times of physical distancing and quarantine. Resources are available in multiple languages and include helpful ways to teach children about the virus, keep your family engaged with learning activities, and best practices for staying healthy. Watch the video series in English, Spanish, or Mixteco.

    Bellwether Education explores how to support DLLs’ math learning in early care settings.

    Bilingual Kidspot Scroll down the page to access the free Language Lessons and Activities. At the moment, Spanish, Chinese, English (ESL), and French are offered.

    Bilingual Kids Rock offers practical advice for parents on how to raise bilingual children.

    Canticos Teach your little one simple songs in English and Spanish from Nick Jr.

    Chiquipedia offers Classic Children’s Stories in Spanish. 

    Colorín Colorado is a national multimedia project that offers a wealth of bilingual, research-based information, activities, and advice for educators and families of DLLs and English learners through its Spanish-English bilingual website.

    Common Sense Media recommends bilingual television programming that provides parents with a tool for helping preschool children begin to learn words and phrases in both English and Spanish, and understand the relationship between them. 

    Global Storybooks Portal provides stories in multiple languages for babies and toddlers. Books with simple texts and colorful images are also accompanied by audio. The website offers PDF versions of all books. A wonderful resource for families and caregivers with young DLL children.

    Frog Street provides engaging and interactive Professional Learning that both motivates and educates! When teachers excel, students succeed.

    Highlights High Five Bilingüe program developed in conjunction with Teaching Strategies, offers online books and accompanying audio in both Spanish and English for children ages 2 to 6. The program is intended for use either by teachers and parents.

    The Language Lizard website offers a comprehensive list of resources for both families and teachers. Resources include multicultural lesson plans, research and articles on the benefits of bilingualism, and engagement strategies to help support young dual language learners.

    Mindheart provides an illustrated guide to help discuss COVID-19 with young children. This resource is available in multiple languages, including but not limited to: Spanish, Chinese, and Russian.

    Moms Rising offers resources, the latest research, and the opportunity to raise your voice on dual language learning. Para leer la página en español, haga clic aquí

    The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) offers helpful resources to support young children who are learning a second language while continuing to develop their home language.

    Parents as Teachers (PAT) offers resources for caregivers of children birth through kindergarten. Activities include Jump and Count, Outdoor Exploration, and Shadow Play, and feature ready-to-use activity pages in both English and Spanish.

    PBS Kids offers resources in Spanish for younger learners. The webpage has online games featuring characters from PBS shows.

    Reading Rockets offers one-page parent tips offer easy ways for families to help kids become successful readers – available in multiple languages.

    Reading Rockets offers up a 5-part webinar series on parent engagement, including a session dedicated to families of dual language learner children. Teachers can access the “Helping Second-Language Families” webinar for free by registering with their name and email, and making sure Windows Media Player is installed on the computer.

    Rollins Center provides an at-home learning experience for Spanish-speaking preschoolers and their families. This free learning experience intends to support Latino parents to continue their children’s Early Learning during these troubled times of the Coronavirus pandemic and beyond.

    The Head Start Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center (ECLKC) is a website containing a wealth of resources on a variety of different ECE-related topics. Its Dual Language Learners Toolkit provides resources that can be used to support DLLs in both their home language and English, which are divided by audience: administrators and managers; teachers, caregivers, and family services staff; and families.

    Unite For Literacy features collection of books, organized by topic, with a narration option offered in many different languages.

    Vroom has collected simple and fun ways to boost brain building at home together with your child; resources are available in English and Spanish.

    Zero to Three provides resources for building healthy relationships with infants and toddlers. It offers several educator and parent resources related to supporting DLLs and their development, including articles, books, and trainings through their website.

  • Apps for Mobile Devices
    Estas son aplicaciones gratuitas para descargar en su celular o tableta. La disponibilidad puede variar de acuerdo del aparato IOS o Android. These apps are free to download onto your cell phone or tablet. Availability may vary by IOS or Android.

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    • Spanish School Bus for Kids
    • Ana Lomba’s Spanish for Kids: La Gallina Roja
    • Aprender a Leer-Silabario
    • ABC Mágico- ABECEDARIO
    • Escribir con las silabas
    • Lee a paso a paso
    • Aprender a leer con Grin
    • Kinder Lingo
    • DuoLingo for Kids
    • DuoLingo (ages 10+)
    • Spanish Crossword Puzzles for Kids Lite
    • Cuentos Clásicos
    • Cuentidubi
    • Unite Literacy
    • Jakhu Cuentos
    • PBS Parents Play and Learn
    • Sesame Street Breathe
    • Canticos
    • Leo el Camión

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