Latino Infant Initiative: Are Babies Confused When They Grow Up with Two Languages?

Topic Brief

Four out of five Latino infants in the United States are dual language learners, growing up with both Spanish and English.

Historically, there are many myths associated with dual language development, and Latino parents may hesitate to support their child’s acquisition of Spanish out of concerns that infants are “confused” by more than one language. However, extensive research evidence demonstrates that children are capable of developing two languages. Programs working with Latino families can share these research messages to support children’s dual language development and school success.



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