New York City expands dual language teaching

New York City is expanding programs where students will be taught in two different languages.

Mayor de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza made the announcement as they kicked off the first day of Pre-K and 3-K applications for next year.

Dual language classes are comprised of 50 percent children whose home language is the target language of the program and 50 percent English-proficient students. Instruction is held in both languages.

The 47 new programs will include the city’s first French, Haitian-Creole, Hebrew and Japanese pre-K dual language programs.

At the start of the 2019-20 school year, there will be 107 programs throughout all five boroughs, more than triple the original 30 in 2015.

Mayor de Blasio said, "By offering even more dual-language Pre-K programs across the five boroughs, we’re readying our children for the global economy of the future."

The programs will be in 103 schools, Pre-K centers, and early education centers, with four sites offering dual language in more than one language.

The new programs include six in the Bronx, 16 in Brooklyn, 8 in Manhattan, 16 in Queens, and one on Staten Island.

Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza said, "More New York City kids will get an early start on becoming multilingual, multicultural, and ready to succeed in our diverse world."

In addition to the new French, Haitian-Creole, Hebrew, and Japanese programs, schools will continue to offer programs in Bengali, Chinese, Italian, Russian and Spanish.

There are currently 545 bilingual programs for students in grades K-12. Bilingual programs are available in schools citywide in 13 languages, serving approximately 40,000 students.

Applications for free, full-day, 3-K and Pre-K seats opened Monday. Families can apply online at, over the phone at 718-935-2009, or in person at a Family Welcome Center.

All New York City families with children born in 2015 can apply for free.

Below is a complete list of pre-K Dual Language sites available in September 2019:

PS 30 Wilton – Spanish (New)
The New American Academy at Roberto Clemente State Park – Spanish (New)
Bedford Park Elementary School – Spanish (New)
Ready Set Learn – Spanish (New)
3467 Ready Set Learn – Spanish (New)
Monsignor Boyle Head Start – Spanish (New)
Samara Community School – Spanish (Expanding)
PS 49 Willis Avenue – Spanish (Current)
PS 161 Juan Ponce De Leon School – Spanish (Current)
PS 277 – Spanish (Current)
PS 138 Samuel Randall – Spanish (Current)
PS 73 Bronx – Spanish (Current)
PS 109 Sedgwick – Spanish (Current)
PS 226 – Spanish (Current)
PS 160 Walt Disney – Spanish (Current)
Belmont Community Day Care Center – Spanish (Current)

PS 46 Edward C. Blum – Spanish (New)
PS 147 Isaac Remsen – Japanese (New)
PS 124 Silas B. Dutcher – Spanish (New)
PS 5 Dr. Ronald McNair – French (New)
PS 40 George W. Carver – Spanish (New)
Brighter Choices Community School – Spanish (New)
PS 238 Anne Sullivan – Spanish (New)
All My Children Day Care 10 – Hebrew (New)
Charles R. Drew ELC 5 – Haitian-Creole (New)
Higher Level – Spanish (New)
Kreative Kare Day Care Center – Spanish (New) 
ABC Plus – Russian (New)
Learn and Explore – Russian (New)
District 20 Pre-K Center at 7415 Fort Hamilton Parkway – Chinese (New)
District 20 Pre-K Center at 140 58th Street – Spanish (New)
District 20 Pre-K Center at 21 Bay 11th Street – Chinese (New)
PS 9 Teunis G. Bergen – Spanish (Current)
PS 54 Samuel C. Barnes – Spanish (Current)
PS 133 William A. Butler – Spanish (Current)
PS 319 – Spanish (Current)
PS 1 The Bergen School – Spanish (Current)
PS 15 Patrick F. Daly – Spanish (Current)
PS 24 – Spanish (Current)
Sunset Park Avenues Elementary School – Spanish (Current)
Brooklyn Arts and Sciences Elementary School – Spanish (Current)
PS 89 Cypress Hills – Spanish (Current)
PS 108 Sal Abbracciamento – Spanish (Current)
PS 112 Lefferts Park – Italian (Current)
PS 90 Edna Cohen School – Spanish (Current)
PS 139 Alexine A. Fenty – Spanish (Current)
PS  123 Suydam – Spanish (Current)
PS 145 Andrew Jackson – Spanish (Current)
PS 151 Lyndon B. Johnson – Spanish (Current)
The Little Brooklyn Pre-K Center at 173-177 25th Street – Chinese, Spanish (Current)
District 20 Pre-K Center at 1423 62nd Street – Chinese, Spanish (Current)

PS 163 Alfred E. Smith – Spanish (New)
PS 242 The Young Diplomats Magnet Academy – Italian (New)
PS 155 William Paca – Spanish (New)
PS 5 Ellen Lurie – Spanish (New)
PS 48 P.O. Michael J. Buczek – Spanish (New)
PS 98 Shorac Kappock – Spanish (New)
East Harlem CHS Bilingual Head Start Program – Spanish (New)
Saint Elizabeth Pre-Kindergarten – Spanish (New)
PS 20 Anna Silver – Chinese, Spanish (Current)
PS 188 The Island School – Spanish (Current)
PS 1 Alfred E. Smith – Spanish (Current)
PS 145 The Bloomingdale School – Russian, Spanish (Current)
PS 180 Hugo Newman – Spanish (Current)
James Weldon Johnson – Spanish (Current)
PS 96 Joseph Lanzetta – Spanish (Current)
PS 129 John H. Finely – Spanish (Current)
PS 28 Wright Brothers – Spanish (Current)
PS 128 Audubon – Spanish (Current)
PS/IS 210 Twenty-first Century Academy for Community Leadership – Spanish (Current)
Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School – Spanish (Current)
Castle Bridge School – Spanish (Current)

PS 19 Marino Jeantet – Spanish (New)
PS 29 Queens – Spanish (New)
PS 163 Flushing Heights – Chinese (New)
PS 197 The Ocean School – Spanish (New)
PS 112 Dutch Kills – Spanish (New)
PS 127 Aerospace Science Magnet School – Spanish (New)
Mi Nuevo Mundo – Spanish (New)
Sesame Sprout – Spanish (New)
Charles R. Drew ELC 3 – Spanish (New)
Little Friends School Sunnyside – Spanish (New)
Long Island City YMCA – Spanish (New)
Kon Wah Day School – Chinese (New)
Home Sweet Home Children’s School – Chinese (New)
Atonement Preschool – Spanish (New)
Corona Friends – Spanish (New)
BWY Preschool – Spanish (New)
District 25 Pre-K Center at 123-07 22nd Ave – Spanish (Expanding)
Elm Tree Elementary School – Spanish (Current)
PS/MS 138 Sunrise – Spanish (Current)
PS 17 Henry David Thoreau – Spanish (Current)
PS 76 William Hallet – Spanish (Current)
Fire Fighter Christopher A. Santora School – Spanish (Current)
PS 228 Early Childhood Magnet School of the Arts – Spanish (Current)
Ezra Jack Keats Pre-K Center at 153-36 89th Ave – Bengali (Current)
District 30 Pre-K Center at 96-10 23rd Avenue – Spanish (Current)
District 30 Pre-K Center at 3252 37th Street – Spanish (Current

Staten Island
Little Smarties Preschool – Russian (New)
PS 16 John. J. Driscoll – Spanish (Current)
PS 19 The Curtis School – Spanish (Current)
PS 22 Graniteville – Spanish (Current)
PS 44 Thomas C. Brown – Spanish (Current)