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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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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2 Jemma/Early Childhood

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

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3 Annual appeal

Help Advocates for Children assist more New York City students.

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4 Paige

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

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45 Staff photo

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

#BlackLivesMatter

5 Ruben

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

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6 Multiple Pathways Coalition

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

7 Khiry

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

Read Khiry’s story

9 overage MS report

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

Spotlight

Statement in Response to New York Graduation Rates for the Class of 2014
12.18.2014 | The New York State and New York City Class of 2014 graduation rates released today show limited progress for students across the state. Nearly 24 percent of high school students statewide and 36 percent of high school students in New York City failed to graduate with a high school diploma within four years. In particular, English... Read more

Striving for a better future
12.17.2014 | As the year comes to a close, we want to take this moment to thank all of you for your partnership and support. We are truly privileged to devote our professional lives to work that has a profound impact on the futures of low-income children and families. The past year included the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education... Read more

AFC Testifies on Early Intervention
12.15.2014 | Today Advocates for Children testified before the City Council Committee on Mental Health, Developmental Disability, Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Disability Services on the importance of the Early Intervention program. View testimony Read more

AFC Testifies Regarding Diversity in New York City Schools
12.11.2014 | Today Advocates for Children is testifying before the City Council’s Education Committee about diversity in NYC schools. Ensuring that students from diverse backgrounds have access to high-achieving schools and programs is critical, but is only one step. As the City Council strives to ensure that every school and program in NYC serves... Read more

AFC in the News

City’s June graduation rate jumps nearly three points, outpacing state
12.18.2014 | Chalkbeat New York | The state is also considering a policy change that would let students substitute a different exam for one of the five they must currently pass to graduate, and another that would let English learners appeal low scores on their English exams. Abja Midha, a project director at Advocates for Children, said the... Read more

Regents refuse to approve city’s latest charter school renewals
12.15.2014 | Chalkbeat New York | Advocates of Children of New York says the charter school sector’s compliance problems go well beyond a handful of schools. The nonprofit says it reviewed more than 150 charter school discipline policies and is “alarmed by the number of policies that fail to comport” with the state’s charter school act, according... Read more

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