Advocates for Children of New York works on behalf of children who are at greatest risk for school-based discrimination and/or academic failure due to poverty, disability, race, ethnicity, immigrant or English Language Learner status, sexual orientation, gender identity, homelessness, or involvement in the foster care or juvenile justice systems.
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11 Jake

Thank you so much for your dedication to my family, it literally changed our lives.

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12 overage MS report

Sixteen Going on Seventh Grade: Over-Age Students in New York City Middle Schools

13 Josh

Josh came to AFC when he was 20 years old because he was desperate to learn how to read.

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14 Paige

Back to school with AFC: What a difference a year makes!

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16 Jemma/Early Childhood

Get ready for pre-K and kindergarten with our early childhood resources!

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17 Khiry

“I never would have been able to get my diploma if AFC hadn’t found me the right school.”

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18 Multiple Pathways Coalition

The Coalition for Multiple Pathways to a Diploma holds a policy briefing on New York's graduation crisis.

35 Ruben

“Now I will be able to be an active contributing member of the work force!”

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Spotlight

AFC Testifies on Special Education Instruction and Student Achievement
10.28.2014 | Today AFC will be testifying at the New York City Council Committee on Education's oversight hearing on special education instruction and student achievement. At Advocates for Children, we see again and again that when students of all ages have been failed by the system and still can’t read, they start making significant progress once... Read more

AFC Testifies Regarding Guidance Services for Students
9.29.2014 | Today AFC is testifying before the New York City Council Committee on Education regarding guidance counselors in schools. We strongly support the City Council in publicly monitoring the number and distribution of guidance counselors, social workers, and school psychologists in New York City schools and would like to see the data that... Read more

AFC Testifies at a Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Behavioral Health System Planning Forum
9.15.2014 | This afternoon, AFC will be testifying at a Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Behavioral Health System Planning Forum on the need for DOHMH to work with the DOE to improve the mental health system for New York City’s students so they can stay and succeed in school. In our testimony, we request that DOHMH partner with the DOE to... Read more

Over-Age Middle School Students at Risk of Dropping Out Due to Shortage of Programs
9.10.2014 | More than 50,000 middle school students – a quarter of the students in New York City’s public middle schools -- have been left back at least once, and more than 8,500 students have been left back at least 3 times. Despite their significant academic and social-emotional needs, there are fewer than 450 seats in programs for over-age... Read more

AFC in the News

City students are entitled to hearing if they’re to be suspended
10.30.2014 | New York Daily News | Piece by Nick Sheehan, Skadden Fellow on AFC's School Justice Project, informing the greater NYC community that students who are suspended have basic due process rights. The hearing allows the accused to present their version of events and to question any evidence the school wants to submit. The school must... Read more

Advocates Demand The NYPD Stop Handcuffing 5-Year-Olds
10.30.2014 | Huffington Post | Bernard Dufresne, a staff attorney for the nonprofit group Advocates for Children, called for more transparency when it comes to restraining students, pointing to the success of the 2010 Student Safety Act in reducing superfluous suspensions. “Thanks in part to the Student Safety Act, which requires the [DOE] to... Read more

Chancellor Fariña Says Discipline Code Revisions Still in the Works
10.29.2014 | SchoolBook | The civil liberties union and the group Advocates for Children want the City Council to support legislation — yet to be drafted — that would require the city to report detailed data on how many students are handcuffed. The city already requires the Department of Education to report the number of annual suspensions, which... Read more

At Council data hearing, special education grievances aired
10.28.2014 | Capital New York | Other parents criticized the D.O.E. for not providing appropriate services for their children who struggled with reading. Representatives from Advocates for Children, a leading organization for special education students in New York, called on the D.O.E. Tuesday to improve literacy training in pre-K and up, provide... Read more