The Family English Initiative (FEI) is for students currently enrolled in kindergarten and first grade this school year, along with their caregivers. The program helps families strengthen their language skills and explore cultural institutions together. By strengthening language skills, the Family English initiative hopes to help caregivers byuild confidnece, relationships, and tools to support their students' education.
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For more information email us at FamilyEnglish@schools.nyc.gov.
How the Family English Initiative Works
The Family English Initiative consists of three components: Family Literacy, Student Supplemental Instruction, and an Adult ESOL class. Parents of ELLs in grades K-2 will enroll in the program at their child’s school. The Family Literacy content will be in English and in their home language, focusing on effective strategies to support language acquisition in and out of school, and will include activities that promote multilingualism and a shared learning experience. Students and adults will then attend separate classes to further strengthen their English language skills. Free breakfast will be provided for families. Testing is required for placement in adult ESOL.
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