Language Access for All

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This year, City Council awarded DOE a record $4 million investment to jumpstart language access for every family. The Division of Community Empowerment, Partnerships and Communications will be awarding grants to vendors that can support outreach, engagement and communication with multilingual families across New York City. The DOE is soliciting proposals that focus on these critical areas of work:

  1. Offer high-quality “Know Your Rights” in-language workshops (in-person, remote, and/or hybrid) for Limited English Proficient (LEP) and immigrant families on language access and tools for participating in their child’s education.
  2. Train and support parents to act as a bridge between communities that speak languages other than English - particularly Languages of Limited Diffusion - and schools through the Parent Language Liaison program and/or by expanding an already existing community-based parent leadership program(s).
  3. Train school-based staff on how to use language access tools and culturally-responsive communications strategies to better reach families who require language services and may not be digitally connected.
  4. Share out DOE’s communications, information, and materials to be consistent, clear, and appropriate for all families through multiple culturally-responsive methods of communication to improve language access and accessibility.

See the Request for Vendor Proposal to learn more and get started.