The Transition to Preschool for Dual Language Learners Study

The transition to preschool is an important time for children’s development and learning, particularly for children who are learning more than one language. After starting preschool, children are exposed to new ways of learning in the school environment. However, less is known about how children learn from their experiences in the home before and after they start preschool. We are particularly interested in how parents are thinking about their child’s language development and how parents use Spanish and English at home to support their child’s learning. In this study, we will observe how parents and children explore new toys as well as measure children’s early learning skills before and after the children start preschool. If you are a Spanish-speaking parent of a 3 or 4 year old and are interested in participating in this study, please email sarahsurrain@g.harvard.edu or call 617-544-7057.

The Language and Music Study

Young children learn through hearing sounds in the world. Across cultures, language and music are two prevalent sources of auditory information surrounding young children. However, we have limited knowledge about how music experience and exposure to different languages jointly shape children’s language and cognitive development. We are conducting a study exploring how variation in language and music experience influences toddlers’ learning and development. We invite families with toddlers (18-30 month olds, with or without music training) to our lab at Harvard Square for a brief, 1-hour visit. During the study, children will play fun games and watch some short animations. If you are interested in participating or would like to receive more information, please contact rowelab@gse.harvard.edu.