Child's Primary Language
A student's primary language is identified by the Home Language Survey as the language first learned, most frequently used at home, or most frequently spoken by the parents or adults in the home.
Where to Find It
This information is collected on the CD-9600 Confidential Application for Child Development Services and Certification of Eligibility and located in Section IV, Data on Children, 7. Native Language, Language Code.
Rules and Guidelines
Report the child’s primary language. If the child speaks more than one language, select the language in which they are the most fluent. The languages and codes below are the same as those listed on the CD-9600 form.
- This information is required.
- For agencies submitting an electronic file, enter the code associated with the child's primary language listed below.
- For agencies using web input, select the child's primary language from the dropdown list.
|Cebuano (Visayan)||36||Khmer (Cambodian)||09||Serbo-Croatian||52|
|19||Native American Languages||88||Other Languages of China||55|
|Gujarati||43||Pashto||40||Other Languages of the Philippines||66|
|Hebrew||21||Pilipino (Tagalong)||05||Other non-English||99|
Error Messages and Solutions
"Child's Primary Language" must be a valid two digit language code. [801A File Transfer]
The information in the upload file for the Child's Primary Language is not a valid code.
Confirm you have entered a two-digit code from the list above.
Answer to Child's Primary Language is required. [801A Web Input/Edit], [801A File Transfer]
The question “Child's Primary Language” has not been answered.
Confirm that you have selected a primary language for the child.
FAQs About Child's Primary Language
How do I know which is the primary language?
The child data section of the CD-9600 should list the code for the primary language.
What if the family files does not contain this information?
This information is required on the CD-9600. If it is missing, you will need to contact the family to obtain the primary language and update the information in the family file.
What if the family indicates a primary language that is not listed?
If the language on the CD-9600 is not on the list, choose "Other non-English" for this child.