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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2 Josh

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

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25 Ruben

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

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29 Jemma

Families of children born in 2009: prepare for the transition to kindergarten!

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31 Zio

“Each school year I often wondered, when will things improve?”

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The School-Justice Partnership Task Force releases a report on keeping kids in school and out of court.

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4 Khiry

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

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41 Anishah and Karla

AFC attorney Anishah Cumber celebrating her client Karla's graduation from high school.

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45 LGBTQ guide/Spirit Day

AFC goes purple to show our support for LGBTQ students on Spirit Day. 

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5 Izzie

“Because of AFC’s efforts my family and I do see the light at the end of the tunnel...”

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Apply to Universal Pre-K!
04.10.2014 | We would like to thank everyone who called, emailed, and rallied in support of making full-day Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) available for all four-year-old children in New York City. We are very pleased that the final state budget includes a dedicated funding stream with $300 million this year to expand full-day UPK in New York... Read more

Policy Briefing: Rethinking Pathways to Graduation in New York State
04.04.2014 | On Wednesday, April 30, the Coalition for Multiple Pathways to a Diploma will be sponsoring a policy briefing in Albany with State Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan and Senator John Flanagan. Join us to learn more about the current graduation crisis in New York State and opportunities for offering alternative pathways to a diploma.... Read more

AFC Testifies on the Impact of the 2015 Preliminary Budget on Early Learning Programs
03.24.2014 | Today, AFC will testify before the City Council General Welfare Committee about the importance of providing adequate funding for high-quality early childhood education programs for young children from low-income backgrounds. View testimony Read more

AFC & EdLaw Panel on the School-to-Prison Pipeline
03.13.2014 | On March 12, AFC's Junior Board and NYU Law School's Education Law and Policy Society held a panel on deconstructing the school-to-prison pipeline to keep kids in NYC schools. The panel was moderated by AFC Skadden Fellow Nick Sheehan. More than 110 attendees learned about several models for positive discipline and heard NYC student... Read more

AFC in the News

Few details yet from Fariña on special education’s major issues
04.08.2014 | Chalkbeat New York | The new administration’s steep challenge is to ensure that neighborhood schools and general education teachers have the resources and training to serve students with disabilities, said Kim Sweet, executive director of the group Advocates for Children of New York. “It’s one thing to change where kids go to school... Read more

Promotion fears persist as de Blasio misses chance to tamp down test anxiety
04.07.2014 | Chalkbeat New York | De Blasio’s hesitation to make changes to the policy has caused confusion for parents eager to know how much test scores will matter—if at all—when it comes to admission and promotion decisions. It has also flummoxed parent advocates who say that some kind of notice would have been an anxiety-reducing gesture at a... Read more

NYC Hustles to Make Use of Pre-K Windfall
04.07.2014 | Education Week | Early-education proponents in the city said they were thrilled about the new money. "We've been waiting more than 15 years for this day," said Randi Levine, the project director of the Early Childhood Education Project, an initiative of Advocates for Children of New York. In 1997, state lawmakers passed legislation to... Read more

Student suspended for bringing cough syrup to school
04.03.2014 | WABC Eyewitness News | Although Tavian is back in school and working to make up for the time he lost, we're told he might still be on suspension had he not been represented by the not-for-profit Advocates for Children. "This is a case that unfortunately we see too often, where it's typical of a school culture where suspension is... Read more