Multilingual Childhoods


Mila Schwartz, Oranim Academic College of Education, Israel
Gunhild Tomter Alstad, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway


The Multilingual Childhoods SIG was launched at the 2015 EECERA conference in Barcelona. It has been set up with a view to bringing together researchers who are investigating the learning of two or more languages in the home, school or community by children from birth to the age of 6 years old – this includes aspects of L1 and L2 language development in contexts of awareness of languages, additional languages, foreign languages, second languages, bilingual education, and immersion.

More information about this SIG can be found on the Multiligual Childhoods SIG website


  • To bridge the areas of multilingualism and early years education;
  • To promote and disseminate research in early years multilingualism and its implementation in policy and practice;
  • To create opportunities for informed and constructive discussion and debate;
  • To foster possibilities for cross-national collaboration and interaction.


Click here to view the 2021 report (pdf) Mila Schwartz & Beatriz Cortina Pérez
Click here to view the 2020 report (pdf) Gunhild Tomter Alstad & Mila Schwartz
Click here to view the 2018 report (pdf) Sandie Mourão & Gunhild Tomter Alstad
Click here to view the 2016 report (pdf) Sandie Mourão & Gunhild Tomter Alstad
Click here to view the 2015 report (pdf) Sandie Mourão & Gunhild Tomter Alstad

News & Events

Multilingual Childhoods SIG/REYLL webinar Sept 2020

“Language Education Policy and its application at the micro classroom level”
(previously scheduled as a EECERA pre-conference workshop)

Chair: Mila Schwartz
Time and date: September 9, 2020, 2-4 pm (CET) at Zoom
Registration required (open until September 2, 2020) in this link.

Conference website

Activities & Publications

For publications list please see Multilingual childhoods Research Network

SIG activity for 2017-2018

Participation of SIG members in:

Current SIGs