Yonkers in need of funding as they prepare for influx of migrant children into school system
Yonkers leaders are trying to figure out how to best work with the influx of migrants that are being bused in from New York City – and that includes their eventual acceptance into the city’s school system.
Although Mayor Eric Adams said he wouldn't send any school-age children to Westchester County, Yonkers officials say the district is ready should migrant children enter their classrooms.
School Superintendent Dr. Edwin Quezada says the district is ready to help any migrant children with academic, social, and emotional needs.
They have bilingual counselors and psychologists who can provide emotional support and educators who know how to work with children who have had their education interrupted.
They also have an adult education program that will be available to the migrant parents.
"That can assist you with learning the language, we can help you with a trade so you can be skilled in taking on a job. We have an adult education program that can also do the GED program. We also have individuals that can assist you with immigration, we have individuals that can help you with health concerns," says Quezada.
In order to ensure these resources remain available to incoming migrants, the superintendent says the district needs funding from the city, the state and the federal governments.