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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Events

2015 Spring Benefit
Wednesday, May 6
Three Sixty˚
New York City

11 Jake

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

Read Jake’s story

15 Josh

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

Read Josh’s story

2 Jemma/Early Childhood

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

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25 Charter School Discipline Paper

Civil Rights Suspended: An Analysis of New York City Charter School Discipline Policies

5 Khiry

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

Read Khiry’s story

55 Donate

Help Advocates for Children assist more New York City students.

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6 Paige

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

Read Paige’s story

7 Staff photo

AFC stands in solidarity with communities impacted by recent events in Ferguson, Cleveland, & NYC. 

#BlackLivesMatter

Spotlight

Applying to Charter Schools for 2015-16
03.05.2015 | Families wanting to apply to charter schools for the 2015-16 school year must submit their applications by April 1st. Here are 7 things you should know about the charter school admissions process.Families have to apply to any charter school that they want their children to attend. Schools must provide applications to parents upon... Read more

AFC Testifies on Overcrowding in Schools
03.03.2015 | Today, AFC is testifying before the City Council Education Committee about the problem of overcrowding in schools and about the charter school cap. We believe it is premature to raise the cap on the number of charter schools before putting laws and practices in place that protect students’ civil rights in the context of school... Read more

AFC Testifies on the Draft School Discipline Code
03.02.2015 | Today AFC will be testifying at the DOE Office of Safety and Youth Development hearing on the draft school discipline code for 2014-2015. AFC is a member of the Dignity in Schools Campaign New York (DSC-NY) and supports DSC’s goals of mandating guidance interventions prior to resorting to suspensions, expanding staff trainings that... Read more

AFC Testifies on Early Childhood Education for Children in Temporary Housing
02.27.2015 | Today, AFC is testifying at the New York City Council Committee on General Welfare hearing on interagency collaboration between the Administration for Children's Services (ACS) and the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) to protect children in temporary housing. We urge ACS and DHS to create a long-term plan to enroll all eligible... Read more

AFC in the News

BK Live: School Suspensions
03.03.2015 | Brooklyn Independent Media: BK Live | AFC Staff Attorney Bernard Dufresne appeared on BK Live to discuss school suspensions and proposed changes to the discipline code. BK Live 3/3/15: School Suspensions from Brooklyn Independent Media on Vimeo. Read more

Suspensions at city charter schools far outpace those at district schools, data show
02.23.2015 | Chalkbeat New York | “Overreliance on suspension is an issue that needs to be addressed for all public schools, including charter schools,” said Paulina Davis, a staff attorney at Advocates for Children who represents charter-school students in disciplinary cases... A report released by Advocates for Children this month found that a... Read more

BK Live: Build a Bridge (Department of Education Translations)
02.23.2015 | Brooklyn Independent Media: BK Live | Abja Midha (Advocates for Children of New York) and Kim Sykes (The New York Immigration Coalition) discuss how Build a Bridge tries to help immigrant parents with language translation in the school system. BK Live 2/23/15 from Brooklyn Independent Media on Vimeo. Read more

Immigrant groups see chance to improve language services in chancellor’s reorganization
02.17.2015 | Chalkbeat New York | On Tuesday, parents said that help was still sorely needed, telling stories of student report cards and progress reports not being sent home in a parent’s native language, fliers telling parents about their right to translation services mailed home in English, and parent-teacher conferences and school workshops... Read more