English Language Learners (ELLs)

An English Language Learner, or ELL, is a student whose home language is not English and needs support learning English. 

If you have any questions please contact the Division of English Language Learners: 

(212)323-9559 or ellfamilies@schools.nyc.gov

ELL Presentation


Transforming Communities through Multilingualism

On Tuesday, December 4th, 2018, CEC15 hosted a meeting which focused on important information and resources for English Language Learner (ELL) students and their families.  

Invited speaker Cynthia J. Felix, Senior Director Bilingual Programs, Department of Education, gave a fantastic presentation on the Essentials of Bilingual Programs. 

To download the presentation please click below.

Resources for ELL Students and their Families

¡Colorín Colorado!



A bilingual website for families and educators of English Language Learners, which is a project in partnership with the American Federation of Teachers.

Reading Rockets



A website geared mostly toward educators, but useful for families as well!  Discusses the most effective ways to teach English Language Learners, how to create a welcoming classroom, and ways to promote family involvement.

United States Department of Education Toolkit for Hispanic Families



This brochure provides information about how you can help build your child's reading and language skills during the early years of life.  




Parents can use DualLanguageSchools.org to find local bilingual programs, connect with schools directly, and network with other parents in the bilingual community.

Community Education and Advocacy Groups

Advocates for Children



Advocates for Children works on behalf of children who are at greatest risk for school-based discrimination and/or academic failure due to poverty, disability, race, ethnicity, immigration or English Language Learner status, sexual orientation, gender identity, homelessness, or involvement in the foster care or juvenile justice systems.

New York Immigration Coalition



The New York Immigration Coalition aims to achieve a fairer and more just society that values the contributions of immigrants and extends opportunity to all.  The New York Immigration Coalition promotes immigrants' full civic participation, fosters their leadership, and provides a unified voice and a vehicle for collective action for New York's diverse immigrant communities.


Brooklyn Chinese American Association (BCA)



The Brooklyn Chinese American Association (BCA) was founded in 1988 as a community-based not-for-profit human service agency in response to the growing needs of the Asian-American communities in the Sunset Park, Borough Park, and Bay Ridge sections of Brooklyn.