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Translation and Interpretation Services

All parents have the right to ask for translated documents and interpretation services to be well informed about their child’s education. The NYCDOE’s Translation and Interpretation Unit works with New York City public schools and NYCDOE offices to provide resources to help families that cannot communicate in English. If you or someone you know needs help, ask your school’s principal or parent coordinator. There is also a Language Access Coordinator in every school who can help. Find your school contact information by using the school search.

Parent’s Guide to Language Access

The Parent's Guide to Language Access is also a resource for parents. This is a multilingual brochure that:

  • Informs parents of their right to free translation and interpretation services.
  • Includes a cut out "I Speak" card.
  • Directs parents to translated content on the NYCDOE website.
  • Reminds parents to email or call us to provide feedback on language services.

Achieve NYC

Read Achieve NYC to learn how to stay informed about your child's academic performance and behavior at school. This guide is for all NYCDOE families and is translated into Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu. It has information about what your child is learning, how to plan for next steps with your child and resources to keep your child on track for college and careers.

We Want to Hear from You

We want to hear from you about your experiences with language services at your school. Call the NYCDOE at 718-935-2013 or email InYourLanguage@schools.nyc.gov.


Using the NYCDOE website and Google Translate

The NYCDOE uses Google Translate on this website. To get an immediate (and approximate) translation of any page on which you see the control in the upper right corner of the screen, follow these steps: 

  1. Click the down arrow to display a list of available languages.
  2. Click on your language to select it.

The text of the web page will change, but certain graphics and images will not. You may want to start on the Parents and Families page, where all the most relevant information for families is organized in one location.

Please let us know what you think.

NOTE: The service provides automated computer translations and are only an approximation of the websites’ original content. The NYCDOE does not guarantee the accuracy of translations through Google Translate.