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.

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15 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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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.”

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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!

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7 Staff photo

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

#BlackLivesMatter

Spotlight

AFC Submits Testimony on City Council Resolutions
03.30.2015 | Today, AFC submitted testimony to the City Council Education Committee on resolutions regarding school funding, the charter school cap, and parents’ ability to opt out of standardized tests. View testimony Read more

AFC and the ARISE Coalition Testify on Education Proposals in the Preliminary NYC Budget
03.25.2015 | Today, AFC is testifying before the City Council Education Committee about the education proposals in the Fiscal Year 2016 Preliminary Budget. We are heartened that the Preliminary Budget includes increased funding for a literacy initiative to support students with disabilities, interpretation services for immigrant families,... Read more

Free Event: AFC Junior Board & NYU Ed Law Panel on the Education of Immigrant Youth
03.09.2015 | On March 24, AFC's Junior Board and NYU Law School's Education Law and Policy Society will hold a panel discussing the experiences of undocumented young people, particularly those who arrived recently, as they enter the City and try to access their right to a public education. RSVP by March 17.   Read more

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 in the News

Council members push forward on special education transparency
03.10.2015 | Chalkbeat New York | Special education advocates contend the annual reporting could provide needed context on how the department can improve its assessment and implementation of services for special education students. “We want to find out what the sticky points are in the process. Where are kids not getting services and where are... Read more

Fixing Special Ed: Are New York City’s Reforms on Target?
03.10.2015 | City Limits | Further efforts to fix special education were made in 2007 and between 2010 and 2012, but these mostly administrative changes did not address the two biggest challenges facing the special education program: the delay in evaluating children for additional services, such as speech or physical therapy, and the delay... Read more

New York State Exposed Education: State testing for graduation requirements
03.05.2015 | WHEC Rochester | A report from Advocates for Children of New York recommends dropping two of the regents exams and only testing students in English, math and science. We interviewed one of the authors who also thinks some kids should be assessed for their classroom work instead of taking more standardized tests. The advocate group... Read more

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