A dual language preschool is being offered in one school district, to ready children for entry into dual language kindergarten and elementary classes.
Oregon’s Eagle Point School District will add the dual language preschool as a result of tests given when children enter kindergarten. “What we saw was that children in our area were performing below state averages when it comes time for education,” said Tiffanie Lambert, district director of school improvement.
30 students will participate in the program which will be taught in Spanish and English in two three hour sessions. There is currently a waiting list for the program, and it is open to any preschooler in the district.
“A strong body of research suggests that not only do children in dual-language early learning programs make similar gains in language development to their English-only peers, they also experience greater levels of executive function development and problem-solving skills,” said Megan Irwin, early learning system director for Oregon’s Department of Education.