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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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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Spotlight

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 Testifies at a Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Behavioral Health System Planning Forum
9.15.2014 | This afternoon, AFC will be testifying at a Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Behavioral Health System Planning Forum on the need for DOHMH to work with the DOE to improve the mental health system for New York City’s students so they can stay and succeed in school. In our testimony, we request that DOHMH partner with the DOE to... Read more

Over-Age Middle School Students at Risk of Dropping Out Due to Shortage of Programs
9.10.2014 | More than 50,000 middle school students – a quarter of the students in New York City’s public middle schools -- have been left back at least once, and more than 8,500 students have been left back at least 3 times. Despite their significant academic and social-emotional needs, there are fewer than 450 seats in programs for over-age... Read more

Statement of Advocates for Children of New York regarding Full-Day Pre-K Expansion
9.03.2014 | As the new school year begins, we celebrate the monumental achievement of having more than 50,000 children enrolled in Pre-K in New York City. Research shows that low-income children who participate in high-quality early childhood education programs are less likely to be retained a grade in school, be placed in special education... Read more

AFC in the News

Missing Brooklyn Student Found: Nashaly Perez Was Reunited With Her Parents Thursday After Disappearing From School Monday
09.18.2014 | Wall Street Journal | Kim Sweet, executive director of Advocates for Children of New York, said it was critical for school staff to know how to proceed in such emergencies, and the training requirements of Avonte's Law were the most important element. The law requires that the report to the City Council spell out the type of safety... Read more

City’s ‘middle’ children getting older: study
09.12.2014 | New York Post | About one in four NYC middle-school students — 52,292 out of 227,474 — are at least one year older than their peers because they repeated a grade, according to figures obtained by Advocates for Children of New York. And 8,644 junior-high students are at least three years older than other kids in their classes because... Read more

Report: NYC Offers Too Little Too Late for Over-Age Middle School Students
09.10.2014 | SchoolBook | Middle school students in New York City's public schools who are held back a year or more generally are not getting the support they need to succeed in school, according to a report released Wednesday by the Advocates for Children of New York. Without extra attention, these students are about two to 11 times more likely... Read more

One-fourth of city’s middle school students have been held back before, report says
09.10.2014 | Chalkbeat | Nearly a quarter of the city’s middle-school students — or more than 50,000 pupils — have been held back from moving to the next grade at least once in their school careers, according to a new report by Advocates for Children of New York, which provides free legal and advocacy services for families. Last school year, more... Read more