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  • Free Tutoring for Special Education Students

    Please help spread the word about a free tutoring program for special education students run by the Hunter College Learning Lab.  It is first-come, first-served, and they are currently pairing tutors with children.
    At this time it is being run remotely.  But:
    • The majority of the tutors are teachers already, and they are just being certified in special education. 
    • Each tutor assesses the student and designs a program specific to their needs.
    • It is highly interactive.  The tutors know how to use technology so that students are always being engaged and supported. A good example is a program that they use to share a whiteboard to solve math problems. The tutor and student can discuss how to solve the problem and analyze why the student might be struggling to find the answer.  Reading passages can be shared to discuss vocabulary in context or answer comprehension questions.
    The flier is attached. Feel free to contact the Hunter College Learning Lab (hclearn@hunter.cuny.edu) if you have any questions.
    Community Education Council of District 20
  • The Citywide Council on English Language Learners (CCELL) has 3 vacancies!

    CCELL promotes English language learning by advocating on behalf of New York City public school students in Transitional Bilingual, Dual Language, and ENL programs. The Council also encourages parent engagement in their children’s language learning by providing information about public school ELL programs and services and by providing a forum for parents and community concerns about these programs and services.
    The CCELL members serve for a term of two years, which started July 1, 2021, and runs until June 30, 2022.
    Apply now to be a voice of ELL families! Fill out the application form and send to ccecinfo@schools.nyc.gov
    Community Education Council of District 20
  • Urgent: Updated DOE Guidance For Parents Effective Mon 9/13

    DOE has introduced an updated guidance for parents effective Monday 9/13 - the first day of school, that will require parents to provide proof of vaccination before they can enter the school building.

    Here's the policy.

    UPDATE: School Building Visitors

    Effective Monday, September 13, all visitors to DOE school buildings are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination (1 dose), in order to enter the building, except in the case of an emergency. This proof may be provided in several ways, please see schools.nyc.gov/2021health for more information.

    Pending an Order by the Health Commissioner

    On the first day of school, 3K/Pre-K parents, in small groups, are able to walk their children into the classroom and stay with them briefly on the first day of school without showing proof of vaccination. All other requirements apply.

    In order to enter the building, a visitor must:

    • show identification,
    • have proof of vaccination,
    • complete the daily health screening form, and
    • wear a face covering.

    Staff, contractors, and volunteers remain required to provide proof of vaccination (1 dose) by September 27, 2021. Staff must upload proof to the DOE Vaccination Portal.

    Please share this with your communities. In addition, parents/caregivers can voice any concerns by:

    • calling 311 to lodge a complaint
    • calling their elected officials

    You can find your city council member and borough president by going to Who Represents Me NYC.

    Thank you,

    Steering Committee


    Community Education Council of District 20
  • Back to School Forums

    Please see the attached Back to School Forum flyer, detailing the dates of the upcoming borough-based forums:


    Community Education Council of District 20
  • A Message from Commissioner Betty A. Rosa

    Dear Parents and Families,
    Commissioner Rosa
    As summer draws to a close and we look ahead to the upcoming school year, the health and safety of our students, teachers, and school personnel remains our top priority. Earlier this week, Board of Regents Chancellor Young and I welcomed Governor Hochul and expressed our strong support for her plans for masking requirements in schools. Governor Hochul took action after consultation with educators, demonstrating her commitment to the health and wellbeing of our students and the importance of keeping our schools open. We look forward to working in partnership with Governor Hochul to meet the safety and educational needs of our students.
    At the New York State Education Department (NYSED), we are doing all we can to assist schools in a safe and smooth reopening in September. As we embark on the second autumn and back to school season of the pandemic, we will continue to assess the circumstances and provide updated guidance and information as the situation requires. The Health and Safety Guide recently issued by NYSED focuses on keeping students and school staff healthy and safe, being responsive to student needs, and maximizing in-person teaching and learning.
    NYSED also announced this week that 47 community and faith-based organizations across New York State will receive over $1 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES Act) funds to provide services and supports for students and families adversely affected by the pandemic. New York’s students have suffered from social isolation, experienced loss of connection, witnessed ongoing civil unrest, faced economic hardship, and for many, lost loved ones. By working with our community and faith-based partners in the neighborhoods hardest hit by the pandemic, we are making strides in supporting and helping children in these communities. A full listing of the awardees can be found on NYSED’s website.
    Finally, I want to recognize you, our exceptional New York parents and families. Your role in your children’s education has changed significantly since the beginning of the pandemic. I know you have worked extremely hard to keep your children engaged in learning throughout school closures, remote and in-person instruction, and even the summer. The connection between families and schools is a key component to school and student success, and I appreciate all your support that helps keep our schools and communities strong.
    I look forward to continuing to provide you with updates when the new school year begins. Until then, you can find all the latest news from NYSED on our COVID-19 web page, our Back to School web page, and our social media channels (TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn).
    Thank you.
    Betty A. Rosa
    Community Education Council of District 20
  • Remote Option Letter

    Please see the letter linked below from Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer to DOE Chancellor Meisha Ross Porter regarding the decision to not have a remote learning option for students and families during the 2021-2022 academic year. 



    Community Education Council of District 20
  • IMPORTANT: COVID-19 Vaccine Information

    Dear Families,
    The next school year begins September 13, and a healthy and safe year for your child depends on vaccination! All New Yorkers aged 12 and older can now receive a free COVID-19 vaccine. MondayAugust 9 is the last day for your child to get the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine to be fully vaccinated in time for school.
    This date is important to remember because the vaccine for adolescents (Pfizer) requires two doses, three weeks apart, and it takes two weeks from the second shot for someone to be considered fully vaccinated.
    While vaccination is not required for school attendance, vaccination allows children to be in the classroom, participate in afterschool activities and sports, and gather with friends safely. It also provides a more stable learning environment because students who are fully vaccinated currently are not required to quarantine if a student in their class has COVID-19. Vaccination has already greatly reduced COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, helping to reopen the city and deliver a brighter future.
    Getting your child vaccinated is safe, confidential, and easy. Here’s what you need to know:
    • Visit nyc.gov/vaccinefinder or call 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692) to find a vaccination site near you. Many sites do not require an appointment.
    • You can also request and receive at-home vaccination by visiting nyc.gov/homevaccine or calling 877-VAX-4NYC. In-home vaccination is free and available to all New Yorkers ages 12 and older.
    • You do not need to provide proof of immigration status or a social security number to get vaccinated. Identification is only required for proof of age. If your child does not have an ID, you can attest to their age at the time of vaccination.
    • You do not need health insurance to get vaccinated.
    • For people under 18 years of age, a parent or legal guardian must provide consent.
      • Children aged 12 to 15 must be accompanied to the vaccination site by a parent or guardian, or another adult caregiver designated by the parent or guardian.
      • Some sites allow children aged 16 and 17 to go to the site alone, but they still require parental consent in writing or by phone.
    • All records and information associated with vaccination are kept strictly confidential.
    • Vaccines are administered by trained medical professionals.
    • On-site telephone interpretation in multiple languages will be available.
    • The City is now offering $100 for anyone (including children) who gets their first dose at a City-run vaccination site or at home as part of the in-home vaccination program. To find a City-run site, visit NYC COVID-19 Vax4NYC Appointment Scheduler or call 877-VAX-4NYC. See here for more information about this and other incentives.
    Pediatricians and other health care providers can help answer questions, and many are able to give the COVID-19 vaccine at a back-to-school check-up, along with other routine immunizations. If you need a provider, call 1-844-NYC-4NYC. NYC Health + Hospitals providers care regardless of immigration status or ability to pay.
    If you have any questions, visit nyc.gov/covidvaccine for all the facts. We deeply appreciate your partnership in keeping our school communities safe and healthy.
    The NYC Department of Education
    Community Education Council of District 20
  • Virtual Workshops for Parents

    Free Virtual Workshops for Parents offered by NYCDOE Brooklyn Regional Partnership Center and IncludeNYC in conjunction with NYS-OSE Educational Partnership
    This training will review New York State’s adult service agencies for people with disabilities, the services they provide, and their eligibility processes. Learn about how to connect students with disabilities to essential post-school options and supports, the benefits of adult agency services, and how to involve your student and IEP team in accessing services.
    Children’s vocabulary acquisition develops best when it is fostered at home and school. Learn the importance of vocabulary instruction in language development and reading skills for elementary school grades. You will hear practical tips to incorporate vocabulary development into everyday life.
    DIPLOMA AND CREDENTIAL OPTIONS FOR FAMILIES - August 10, 2021 (3:30pm -5pm)
    This training will review New York State’s diploma and credential options for your child. Learn about the different options for students with disabilities and how diploma and credential options fit into transition planning and the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process.
    In this workshop you will learn:
    Possible options as your child transitions from Early Intervention to preschool special education services
    How the Committee for Preschool Special Education is different from Early Intervention
    About timelines, key terms, the CPSE evaluation process, and role of the family
    Stay well,
    Michele T. Allen
    Special Education Trainer - EA
    Regional Partnership Center - Brooklyn (RPC-BK)
    Division of Specialized Instruction and Student Support (DSISS)
    New York City Department of Education
    Register for trainings: Regional Partnership Professional Learning Calendar - RPC Learning Calendar
    Community Education Council of District 20
  • CCELL Appointee representative to sit on the CCHS - Deadline Extended

    The Citywide Council on English Language Learners (CCELL) is tasked with appointing a parent of a public high school English Language Learner (ELL) to the Citywide Council for High Schools (CCHS) for the 2021-2023 term.  If you are a parent of a high school ELL student and interested in being considered, please fill out the attached application and send it to  elections2021@schools.nyc.gov by August 30, 2021.
    Citywide Council on English Language Learners
    28-11 Queens Plaza North, 4th Floor
    Long Island City, NY, 11101
    website: ccell.org
    Community Education Council of District 20
  • FY 2020-2021 Playlist

    You can view the complete playlist of FY 2020-2021 meeting recordings on YouTube

    Community Education Council of District 20
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About District 20

District 20 is the southwest section of Brooklyn, spanning from the Verrazano bridge to Borough Park and the southern section of  Sunset Park.  Neighborhoods include Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bath Beach, and Bensonhurst, along with the Fort Hamilton Army Base.



What are CECs?

The Community Education Councils were created in 2004 after the school boards were dismantled.
Throughout the city, there are 32 school districts.  Each school district has a CEC.  Each CEC oversees the elementary and junior high schools within their district. Parents serve a two year term on 36 Councils throughout the city, including the 32 Community Education Councils and the 4 Citywide Councils.

CECs are made up of:

9 parents-selected by the district's PTA/PAs
2 Borough President Appointees
1 High School Senior

CEC members represent the parents in their district. The CEC is the voice of all the district parents. Parents are encouraged to attend the monthly meetings to learn what is going on and also to voice their concerns and issues.  Members also visit the district schools and attend their PTA/PA meetings, as well as their School Leadership Team meetings.  The CECs participate in shaping educational policies in their districts. Their responsibilities include approving school zoning lines, holding hearings on the capital plan, and providing input on other important policy issues. Each CEC has nine members who are parents of students currently in grades K-8 in district schools.

For District 20, the parent CEC members have children in the district's public school system.  On CEC20, our members' children attend: PS102, PS/IS 104, PS112,PS127, PS176,  PS185, IS187, IS201,  IS259, PS503, and PS682.  

Citywide Councils:

There are 4 citywide councils: the CCHS (Citywide Council on High Schools) oversees all the high schools, the CCSE (Citywide Council on Special Education) oversees Special Education., the CCELL (Citywide Council on English Language Learners) and the District 75 Council.

Citywide Council on High Schools (CCHS)

The CCHS advises and comments on educational or instructional policy involving students attending public high schools. There are ten elected members on the Citywide Council on High Schools, two from each borough. Each member must be the parent of a student currently attending public high school.

Citywide Council on English Language Learners (CCELL)

The CCELL advises and comments on policy involving bilingual and English as a Second Language (ESL) programs. There are nine elected members on the Citywide Council on English Language Learners. Each member must be the parent of a student currently receiving bilingual or ESL services.

Citywide Council on Special Education (CCSE)

The CCSE advises and comments on services for students with disabilities. There are nine elected members on the Citywide Council on Special Education. Each member must be the parent of a student currently receiving special education services.District 75 Citywide Council (D75 Council)The Council advises and comments on educational policies that affect students with disabilities who attend D75 schools. There are nine elected members on the D75 Council. Each member must be the parent of a student currently enrolled in a D75 program. 

District 75 Council

District 75 provides highly specialized instructional support for students with significant challenges, such as:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Significant cognitive delays
  • Emotional disturbances
  • Sensory impairments
  • Multiple disabilities

Know Your Rights!

Each child’s maximum potential can best be achieved through a partnership between parents and the education community. Please see the DOE's Parents Bill of Rights:  Parents Bill of Rights.pdf 

Translations can be downloaded from the DOE website: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/know-your-rights/parents-bill-of-rights

Contact Us

Address: 415 89th Street, Room 410, Brooklyn, NY 11209

Phone: 718-759-3921

Email: cec20@schools.nyc.gov

You can also email Superintendent David Pretto at: dpretto@schools.nyc.gov