“By 2020, 1 out of every 4 children in the United States will speak a language other than English at the dinner table.” -Dr. Cathrene Connery, Ithaca College

The number of children ages 5 to 17 who spoke a language other English at home increased from 4.7 to 11.2 million from 1980 to 2009 in the United States, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

In Ithaca, New York, about 25 percent of people age 5 and above speaks a non-English language at home, according to a 2012 report from the City of Ithaca.


Schools seek to offer alternative, n0-cost language educationIthaca Journal, Mar. 18, 2013

More information on Dr. Cathrene Connery’s book, Profiles in Emergent Biliteracy: Children Making Meaning in a Chicano Community

More on bilingual education, New York State Association for Bilingual Education


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