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CLS Preschool Funding Program


Funding for Preschool Children

There is extensive research into the value of maintaining mother tongue or heritage languages, particularly for preschool-aged children. Research has found that there are many benefits to children learning in another language at a young age, including:

  • increased literacy
  • cognitive flexibility
  • bolstering self-esteem and wellbeing
  • strengthened cultural identity.

Learning in another language offers unique opportunities for children before they start school. The play-based pedagogy of early childhood is an effective way to support language learning because it creates a space where language is used for genuine two-way communication. CLS preschool programs actively use play-based learning to expose children to the language.


Per Capita Funding for preschool children:

Approved CLS applying for preschool funding under the Community Language Schools Funding Program in 2023 will submit an additional online application via SmartyGrants including uploading a spreadsheet with their preschool enrolment data and campus details.

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