Big Apple Goes Bilingual

 NYC Launches 47 New, Free Pre-K Dual-Language Programs
“More New York City kids will get an early start on becoming multilingual, multicultural, and ready to succeed in our diverse world.”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools
Chancellor Richard A. Carranza kicked off the first day of Pre-K and 3-K for All applications by announcing that 47 new pre-K
Dual Language programs will open across the City this fall. The new programs
will include the City’s first French, Haitian-Creole, Hebrew, and Japanese
pre-K Dual Language programs. At the start of the 2019-20 school year, there
will be 107 programs throughout all five boroughs,
more than triple the original 30 in 2015.
“Building
the fairest big city in America starts in the classroom. We believe every child
deserves the same strong start which is why we’re providing New Yorkers in
every zip code with access to early childhood education,” said Mayor de Blasio. “By offering even more
dual-language Pre-K programs across the five boroughs, we’re readying our
children for the global economy of the future.”
“New
York City’s youngest learners gain so much in 3-K and Pre-K classrooms across
the City, and I encourage all eligible families to apply,” said Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza. 
“I’m also excited to announce that we’re opening 47 new Dual Language programs,
where our students are learning to speak two languages—one of the greatest
gifts there is. More New York City kids will get an early start on becoming
multilingual, multicultural, and ready to succeed in our diverse world.”
“No
one in our city’s history has done more to ensure that all of our city’s
children have the advantages of a high-quality early education than Mayor de
Blasio,” said Hispanic Federation
President José Calderón. “Today’s announcement of the opening of 47 new
pre-K dual language programs is a testament to the importance of mayoral
control. It is an incredible gift of education and multi-language acquisition
for our children and their families that will strengthen communities across our
city for generations to come.”
In
the 2019-20 school year, these programs will be in 103 schools, Pre-K Centers,
and New York City Early Education Centers (NYCEECs) in every borough, with four
sites offering Dual Language in more than one language. The new programs include
six in the Bronx, 16 in Brooklyn, eight in Manhattan, 16 in Queens, and one on
Staten Island. In addition to the new French, Haitian-Creole, Hebrew, and
Japanese programs, the DOE will continue to offer programs in Bengali, Chinese,
Italian, Russian, and Spanish.
In
addition to the City’s pre-K Dual Language programs, there are currently 545
bilingual programs across every borough for students in grades K-12.
Approximately 200 bilingual programs have opened or expanded since the 2013-14
school year. Bilingual programs are available in schools citywide in 13
languages, serving approximately 40,000 students. Building on this progress,
earlier this school year, Chancellor Carranza formally re-named the Division of
English Language Learners as the Division of Multilingual Learners in order to
honor the value of the hundreds of home languages spoken by New York City
public school students.
Applications for free, full-day, high-quality 3-K for All and Pre-K for All seats opened today. Families can find early childhood
programs and apply online at MySchools.nyc. Families can also apply
over the phone at 718-935-2009, or in person at a Family
Welcome Center. All New York City
families with children born in 2015 can apply for free, full-day, high-quality
pre-K in the 2019-20 school year.
The
3-K application will remain open until May 3. Programs in districts 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 16, 19, 23, 27, and 31 will be
available for families when the application launches. Programs in the newly
announced districts, 8 and 32, will be added to the application beginning in
March. All New York City families with children born in 2016 can apply for the
2019-20 school year; families residing in district will receive priority.
Families can find out their school district by calling 311 or visiting schools.nyc.gov/find-a-school.


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