At P.S. 189 The Bilingual Center, located in Brooklyn, students can learn in multiple languages, including Creole. Photo courtesy of InsideSchools.

This story was reported with support from the William and Flora Hewitt Foundation.

As New York City plans to reopen its public schools on Sept. 13, worries about how children will re-adjust to in-person learning has raised concerns among many Haitian-American parents. 

A lack of socialization opportunities tops the list for many parents. Other concerns include inconsistent virtual learning that may cause children to regress, inadequate technology access, language barriers and a lack of proper supervision or child care when parents must work. Educators said much more needs to be done to bring the children up to speed.

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Larisa Karr

Larisa is a reporter for The Haitian Times covering politics, elections and education primarily. A graduate of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, she has interned at CNBC and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network. She is also a recipient of a 2021 DBEI Fellowship by Investigative Reporters & Editors. Larisa can be reached by email at or on Twitter @larisakarr.