Translation & Interpretation Unit

Translation and Interpretation Unit
The Translation and Interpretation Unit helps the NYC Department of Education work with families who need help communicating in English.

For Families:

العربية  | বাংলা  | 中文  | Français | Kreyòl Ayisyen  |  한국어  | Русский  | Españolاردو

Your school offers free interpretation and translation services in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu.  If you need help in one of these languages, ask your school’s principal or parent coordinator. There is also a Language Access Coordinator (LAC) in every school who can help.

You can also click “Welcome” at the top of any page on this website to see translated information on:

  • How to enroll your child in school
  • How to help your child do well in school
  • New York City Department of Education policies and programs

To let us know about the language services you are receiving at your school, please complete this online feedback form or call us at 718-935-2013.

For information about careers in the Translation and Interpretation Unit, please click here.

For NYC Public Schools and Central Offices
The Translation and Interpretation Unit offers New York City public schools and offices the following written translation, on-site interpretation, and over-the-phone interpretation services: 

  1. Free translation services in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Urdu
  2. Access to on-site interpretation services in 90 languages
  3. Over-the-phone interpretation services in 200 languages
  4. Resources for working with non-English speaking families, including:
    • A multilingual welcome poster and translated signage
    • An archive of pre-translated applications, forms, and templates
    • A language identification guide for school staff  and an “I speak…” card
    • Bilingual glossaries of Department of Education terminology and special education terms and definitions

For more information, e-mail or visit the Unit’s intranet site.

The Office of Sign Language Interpreting Services provides free American Sign Language interpreters for deaf parents, students and staff to all New York City public schools. Please contact the office at 212-802-1500 X 7181 or visit the Office's internet site.