December 3rd, 2021 | Multilingual

In an attempt to improve its communication efforts with multilingual families and students with limited English proficiency (LEP), New York City is investing $4 million into language access measures as part of a program called Language Access for All.

Language Access for All, which was launched Nov. 30, was devised with the aim of improving accommodations for students who live in families where English is not the primary household language — a community of students which makes up about 40% of all New York City children in the city’s public education system. The investment is spearheaded by the city council and the city’s Department of Education.

“One of the great things about our schools is their incredible breadth of diversity — so many of our families speak different languages at home and it’s essential that they have what they need to be active partners in their child’s education,” said Meisha Porter, the city’s schools chancellor. “This historic investment will help us better support each and every one of our students while strengthening our work with families and communities across New York City.”