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Bilingual Education & English as a New Language

A Guide to Community-Based Organizations for Immigrants

An informed, empowered community of parents, guardians and other persons in parental relation is critical to ensuring that Multilingual Learners (MLs) and English Language Learners (ELLs) are well supported and thrive. The New York State Education Department's Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages (OBEWL) has created A Guide to Community-Based Organizations for Immigrants which provides a list of organizations throughout New York State. Each organization offers a variety of services. Some of these services include, advocacy & community engagement, health care & insurance, housing, labor & employment, legal services & lawful status, public assistance, safety, and youth & education, that may be useful to parents and communities.

OBEWL is committed to supporting MLs and ELLs and their families across New York State. Parents of MLs and ELLs and former ELLs are encouraged to contact these organizations when they need assistance. When families’ needs are supported, children have a base to build upon in order to achieve academic success and become college and career ready. 

The guides are organized by the New York State region:

Capital Region CBO Guide

Hudson Valley CBO Guide

Long Island CBO Guide

Mid-state CBO Guide

Mid-west CBO Guide

New York City CBO Guide

Western Region CBO Guide

The guides have been translated into the following ten languages.  Click on the blue boxes below to access guides in these languages.

Updated 1/6/21