Demographic trends indicate that all early childhood educators must anticipate and plan for a more linguistically and culturally diverse student population. This article will serve as a guide for creat- ing more effective early childhood programs serving linguistically and culturally diverse young chil- dren. The discussion includes demographic trends, second language acquisition research, historical trends in bilingual education, ESL and bilingual programs, controversies, assessment and ESL stu- dents, and program recommendations.
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