DOE helping families, children seeking asylum through 'Project Open Arms'
A collaborative effort between the Adams administration, the Department of Education and the Department of Social Services is making sure families seeking asylum and their children are provided with services in order to start their public education.
"Project Open Arms" will provide those families with the academic, social emotional and language-based resources they need by creating a support system inside school buildings and their classrooms.
"We're helping families enroll their children in school, walking with them from their shelters to nearby enrollment sites, helping them get online to enroll virtually," said DOE Chancellor David C. Banks.
Since May, elected officials say the city has seen a surge in asylum seekers arriving from border states and that many have entered the city's shelter system.
"I myself crossed the U.S.-Mexico border when I was 5 years old with my mother, and like many other families arriving here in New York City, we arrived scared but hopeful that New York would welcome us and that we would have a future here in New York City," said Immigrant Affairs Commissioner Manuel Castro.
As for the budget, Banks says they are prepared for a smooth transition into the new school year, which begins on Sept. 8.