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Congratulations to our 2015 high school graduates!

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15 Disability Pride Month

AFC joins in celebrating 25 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act!

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Thank you for supporting the 2015 Spring Benefit!

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3 Jake

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

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City settles class action lawsuit on discipline of students with disabilities

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


Announcing the New York Region 1 PTIC Collaborative
10.01.2015 | For many years, AFC has been a federally funded Parent Training and Information Center. Today we are proud to announce the launch of the New York Region 1 PTIC Collaborative. Thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, we will be working with IncludeNYC, Sinergia, and the Long Island Advocacy Center to provide training... Read more

AFC Testifies Regarding the DOE’s Restructured School Support System
10.01.2015 | Today both AFC and the ARISE Coalition, which is coordinated by AFC, are testifying before the City Council Committee on Education about the new DOE structure for supporting schools and families. We are pleased that the new DOE structure includes a Family Support Coordinator in each Superintendent’s office who is responsible for... Read more

AFC Commends the City Council’s Leadership on Amendments to the Student Safety Act
09.29.2015 | Advocates for Children of New York applauds the City Council’s efforts to make New York City a model for the rest of the country in publicly reporting school discipline and police department activity in public schools.  The City Council is expected to vote tomorrow to pass amendments to the Student Safety Act that require the New... Read more

New and Updated Resources for Families
09.21.2015 | AFC has created a brand-new fact sheet, Questions & Answers About Literacy (also available in Spanish), for families of students who are struggling with reading. The fact sheet explains how to get help for your child and some of the services and supports available for struggling readers. In addition, we also have a new fact... Read more

AFC in the News

Five data points that illustrate challenges New York City schools face
10.06.2015 | Chalkbeat New York | Some of the most difficult students to serve are off-track middle-school students, which account for about 18 percent of eighth-grade students. Overage middle-school students have lower attendance rates and are more likely to drop out of school, according to a report last year by Advocates for Children of New York... Read more

NYC Council Bill Improves Student Safety Act
09.30.2015 | Public News Service | Children's advocates are calling a bill requiring the New York City Department of Education to make information about school discipline public a model for the nation. Police serve as safety officers in public schools and discipline can include arrests as well as suspensions. According to Kim Sweet, executive... Read more

Mayor’s Education Vision Finds Fans
09.17.2015 | City Limits | Said Kim Sweet, executive director of Advocates for Children, which often sues the city on behalf of parents of children with special needs, the mayor’s emphasis on literacy as a way to equality struck the right note. "For a mayor who wants to address equality, teaching children to read is a great place to start," said... Read more

Students with Disabilities Face Special Risk of Summer Slide
08.25.2015 | City Limits | The "summer slide" impacts students in different ways. Science and math losses are widespread, and slips in literacy affect students to varying degrees. But students with disabilities are particularly vulnerable to regression; without consistent services, disabled students often face the prospect of more severe losses in... Read more