Critical operating funds are raised through our annual recognition event to continue to provide programs for more than 4,000 children and adults in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area.  Our programs are directed to help English language learners become successful in their academic lives while fostering their cultural identities.  The ELL Foundation, Inc. is a Non-Profit 501 (c)(3) Organization incorporated in 2006.

Please join us at our 10th Annual Recognition Breakfast on February 22nd, 2018 from 8:00 to 10:30 AM at the Northern Kentucky University's Student Union Ballroom and help ELL Foundation continue to make a difference in the lives of countless families. 

To purchase tickets to the 10th Annual Recognition Breakfast, become a sponsor or make a donation, see below:

For more information on the ELL Foundation Recognition Breakfast or the Children's Day Celebration, please contact:

  • 2015:  Good Samaritan Free Health Center
  • 2016:  Dr. Gregory Stewart
  • 2017: Sisters of Charity

Save The Date

10th Annual Recognition Breakfast on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Northern Kentucky University

children's day

"el día de los niÑos" 

Educator of the Year:

the English language learning foundation annual recognition breakfast

  • 2014:  Jane Portman
  • 2015:  Julie Tolbert
  • 2017: TBD
  • 2015:  Alma Oñate & Yohannes Amsalu
  • 2016:  Alexis Nizigiyimana & Dulce Ortiz Perez
  • 2017: TBD

Since April 2003, Children's Day has been celebrated in Cincinnati with our theme, "We Are All Neighbors" to:

  1.   Honor and uplift our children
  2. Provide cultural diversity education to families in the Greater Cincinnati area.

The "We Are All Neighbors" Children's Day Logo is property of the English Language Learning Foundation, Inc. and can not be used without written permission from the foundation.       

The ELL Foundation Recognition Breakfast is the foundation's annual fundraiser event held in February of each year since 2010.  Every year, the foundation invites donors, students, educators, and friends from the community to gather for a meal to celebrate the accomplishments of bright ELL students battling adversities, caring and dedicated educators, and organizations that have made a significant difference in the community. 

In every recognition breakfast, the Foundation honors the Students of the Year, Educator of the Year, Tutor of the Year and the Make a Difference Award.  Below are a few of the honorees from prior years:

  • 2015:  Alison Palassis
  • 2016:  Mary Ronan
  • 2017:  TBD

Join us during our 10th Annual Recognition Breakfast this Thursday! Make sure to arrive earlier as the silent auction tables will be open from 8:00 AM!


20 Kenton Drive,

Highland Heights KY 41099

Marie Kobayashi, M. Ed. or Sister Margarita Brewer at (513) 443 - 5534 or e-mail

Make a Difference Award:

Official Children's Day is on April 30th

Friday, May 25th, 2018

Cincinnati Public School District

Information for 2017 celebration to be available at each participating school

Children's day celebration 

English Language Learning Foundation, Inc.

Tutor of the Year:

Student of the Year: