Immigrant Family Services


Immigrant Family Services are designed to help immigrant parents of English Language Learners (ELL) in grades 6 through 12 understand the requirements of the New York City school system and take an active role in their children's education. In addition, the programs identify the needs of immigrant families and make referrals for health, mental health, and support services.
Parents of English Languages Learners (ELLs) often have a lower level of English proficiency than their children, making it even more difficult for them to become involved in their children’s education.

In some cases, the child (often the first to learn English-language skills) may become the family’s “ambassador” with the role of negotiating systems and acting as translator, a reversal of the usual parent/child relationship. The child may also contend with problems in school that increase his/her risk of truancy and dropping out, and the family as a whole may be confronting challenges, such as legal and financial issues.

These services work to address these complex circumstances and promote family engagement as a way to encourage the success of immigrant students in middle and high school.