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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Thank you for supporting the 2014 Spring Benefit!

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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5 Annual appeal

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Spotlight

Transitioning to Kindergarten
11.13.2014 | Children born in 2010 are eligible to enter kindergarten in September 2015, and there are steps that families can start taking now to prepare for this important milestone!From November 14th through December 3rd, the DOE is holding Kindergarten Orientation Meetings to provide information about the transition to kindergarten to families... Read more

Free Event: Expert Panel and Parent Speak Out on Inclusive Education
11.05.2014 | On the evening of December 4, the ARISE Coalition (which is coordinated by AFC) and Parents for Inclusive Education (PIE) will be co-sponsoring a panel and parent speak out on inclusion. Download a larger version of the flyer in English and Spanish. Read more

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 in the News

Focus on Discipline: How One NYC Student Was Suspended for 30 Days
11.20.2014 | SchoolBook | Bernard Dufresne, a staff attorney at Advocates for Children, said he thought the school missed an opportunity to encourage a conversation between the parties in a much more constructive setting. "Principals in many ways see a suspension as the first option," he said, adding that suspensions were "not an investment in the... Read more

For students aged 17 and in eighth grade, a Bronx middle school tries to break through
11.13.2014 | Chalkbeat New York | While there are dozens of programs able to serve thousands of high-school students who fall behind, fewer than 450 slots exist in programs for overage middle school students, according to a recent report by the nonprofit Advocates for Children... Ashley Grant, a staff attorney at Advocates for Children and the... Read more

At Boys and Girls HS, struggling students urged to transfer, sources say
11.06.2014 | Chalkbeat New York | The matter is especially delicate at Boys and Girls, which was the subject of a class action lawsuit a decade ago alleging that the school warehoused troublesome students in the auditorium as a way to push them out. Brown’s claim—that he was pressured to transfer to another school—differs from the 2005 lawsuit,... Read more

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