The English and Immigrant Family Literacy Program is open to any adult English language learner who is the parent or guardian of a child in the New York City public school system. New applicants should come to CIET in Room C239 on the second floor of LaGuardia’s C-building to fill out a pre-application and be added to the wait list. You will then be invited to an information and pre-testing session to confirm your eligibility for the program and the most appropriate proficiency level of spoken English.
Classes begin each semester in September, January and April. The program runs on a calendar that generally matches the New York City public school calendar, offering 32 weeks of instruction in which classes meet three times a week. The morning class schedule allows you to drop off and pick up your children from school, while the evening schedule offers intensive English study as well as time for family responsibilities. Class schedules accommodate important school events such as parent-teacher conferences and recesses.
Intergenerational and Parent and Child Together (PACT) activities are essential components of the English and Immigrant Family Literacy Program. Family Nights feature a variety of intergenerational workshops from New York City cultural and community organizations, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), GrowNYC, Noguchi Museum, Transportation Alternatives, Scholastic Books, and Whitney Museum. In-class workshops include parent training on topics of interest, such as standardized testing, high school and CUNY applications, students with disabilities, financial and health literacy, homework assistance, and fraud and identity theft protections.
Workshop providers have included Learning Leaders, Advocates for Children, NYC Department of English Language Learners and Student Support, Citibank, Bank of America, NYC Commissioner for Consumer Affairs, NYC Commission on Human Rights, and The Floating Hospital.