Priority Populations

Multilingual Children: Beyond Myths and Toward Best Practices

This Social Policy Report from the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)*, examines how to best support the development and learning of children who are multilingual, and offers recommendations for policy and practice.

This collaborative report by a group of scholars in the field of language development is framed by four questions:

  1. What are the broad social and historical contexts of multilingual learners in the U.S.?
  2. What are the demographic characteristics of a multilingual family?
  3. Which basic language developmental processes and strategies for promoting multilingual children’s language can be applied to multilingual children?
  4. What home, education, and community contexts support learning multiple languages?

*Volume 27, number 4, 2013