We study language and literacy development in young children who are culturally and linguistically diverse. Our research aims to increase our understanding of factors that impact the development of language and literacy abilities in typically developing preschool children learning two languages in the context of linguistic and social diversity. This knowledge will provide the foundation for realizing our second research aim, that of developing and evaluating evidence-based assessment, treatment and instructional approaches for culturally and linguistically diverse preschoolers at risk for language and academic disparities.
Our research focuses on preschool children acquiring two languages in the context of linguistic diversity and socio-economic inequities. Current projects include investigating the role of the language of instruction in literacy-based approaches to vocabulary instruction for Spanish-speaking Latino preschoolers. We are also examining the nature of the relation between language and early literacy skills in this population.