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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Congratulations to our 2017 high school graduates!

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11 Cheick

AFC’s help enrolling in a new high school marked “the beginning of my happiness!”

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Resources for immigrant students and families in NYC public schools

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“I can’t imagine how different [his] circumstances would’ve been without your advocacy.”

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Thank you for supporting Advocates for Children’s 2017 Spring Benefit!

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Addressing barriers to Career and Technical Education for students with disabilities

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4 Tayloni

“My [disability] does not define me. It does not limit me, it just helps the fighter in me stay alive.”

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“Thank you so much for all your help and support!”

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Spotlight

AFC Testifies on Support for Students in Temporary Housing
10.11.2017 | Today, AFC is testifying before the City Council Committee on Education and Committee on General Welfare about support for students who are homeless. We are calling on the City to ensure there is high-level leadership on this issue, expand the number of DOE social workers for these students, and devote additional resources to... Read more

Student Homelessness Continues to Rise in NYC and NYS
10.10.2017 | Today, the New York State Technical and Education Assistance Center for Homeless Students (NYS-TEACHS), a project of Advocates for Children of New York, posted new data showing the number of students identified as homeless enrolled in New York City and New York State schools for the 2016-2017 school year. The data come from the... Read more

AFC and SCO Family of Services Develop Parent Toolkit to Improve the Education Experience of Children while in Foster Care
09.29.2017 | Today, Advocates for Children of New York and SCO Family of Services, a social services provider, announced the launch of a Parent Toolkit, an easy to use guide that provides recommendations and resources to enhance parent involvement in their child’s education while in foster care.  The Toolkit helps parents navigate the... Read more

Know Your Rights: Immigrant Students and Families
Every student in New York City has the right to attend public school, regardless of immigration status. Following recent immigration-related activities by the federal government, the New York City Department of Education (DOE) issued several letters to families reiterating this commitment. The DOE has also provided additional guidance for... Read more

AFC in the News

Three things to know about the record number of homeless students in New York City schools
10.11.2017 | Chalkbeat New York | Randi Levine, policy director at Advocates for Children, said in an interview that the city is moving in the right direction — just not quickly enough. As an example, she pointed out that more than 150 schools have populations where at least 10 percent of students live in shelters — yet the city is only sending 43... Read more

Record number of homeless kids attend city schools this year, research shows
10.10.2017 | New York Daily News |  A record 111,562 homeless students attended city schools in the 2016-17 year, up from 105,445 in the 2015-16 school year, according to data posted online Tuesday by the New York State Technical and Education Assistance Center for Homeless Students. The center is a project of the nonprofit Advocates for... Read more

One in 10 New York City Public School Students Were Homeless Last Year
10.10.2017 | New York Times |  The number of homeless students in the New York City public school system rose again last year, according to state data expected to be released on Tuesday. The increase pushed the city over a sober milestone: One in every 10 public school students was homeless at some point during the 2016-17 school year... Read more

Bronx School Stabbing Shows How NYC’s War on Bullying Has Failed
10.06.2017 | Village Voice |  Though the city reports bullying in schools is on the decline, the AFC hotline, which helps families and students who are experiencing bullying, has received an increasing number of calls over the past few years. One of the primary complaints received: schools not taking action after a student reports being... Read more