Newcomer Services


In 2014, at the height of an unprecedented surge of unaccompanied children from Central America arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ English Language Learner (ELL) department partnered with CIS-Charlotte to establish an innovative program to address the socio-emotional needs of recently arrived immigrant children. In addition to providing our comprehensive services, our bilingual “Newcomer Services” Site Coordinators help families connect to existing resources in the community while also partnering with local organizations to address the overwhelming needs of these traumatized youth. Conversational English language programs, mental health group services, referrals to community organizations and advocacy at the school level are also offered to support this fragile population.

For more information about our Newcomer Services, please contact CIS Program Director, Kenyatta Wheeler.