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4.16.2012 | Mayor Bloomberg’s Preliminary Budget would cut 47,000 children from early childhood education and after-school programs.  To see what you can do to oppose these cuts, and to get an update on Early Intervention in the final state budget, please click here.

3.29.2012 | AFC testified before the New York City Council Committee on General Welfare in opposition to the shortsighted, massive cuts to early childhood education programs proposed in Mayor Bloomberg’s Preliminary Budget. Read testimony

3.09.2012 | Research demonstrates that the stimulation and interaction a child receives during the first five years of life are critical to permanent brain development. Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Early Intervention (EI) program provides evaluations and services to infants and toddlers who have developmental delays or disabilities. These services can help infants and toddlers at the time when they can make the biggest difference.

Governor Cuomo’s 2012-2013 Executive Budget proposal would restructure EI, giving health insurance companies an unprecedented role in the program. AFC is urging state legislators to protect access to high-quality EI services and ensure that EI services are driven by children’s needs, not by their health insurance coverage.

Read a letter from AFC expressing our concerns regarding this proposal.

Click here to learn more about what you can do to take action.

2.09.2012 | When children miss out on kindergarten, they start behind and, far too often, stay behind. Speaker Quinn’s call for mandatory kindergarten is an important step toward ensuring that all children get the start they need to succeed in school.... Read statement

01.26.2012 | New website provides parents, students, and educators access to hundreds of free, education guides and resources, and important information about New York education issues and education law .... Read press release

12.12.2011 | As Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott moves to implement the latest round of school closures, AFC urges the Department of Education to learn from the lessons of prior years .... Read statement

10.11.2011 | AFC’s response to New York State’s announcement that it has reached an agreement with the New York City Department of Education on a plan to improve educational services for English Language Learners.... Read press release

3.2.2011 | The ARISE Coalition kicked off its new campaign which aims to improve transition planning for students with disabilities in New York City.... Read press release

10.28.2010 | In New York State, 14.5% of graduating students in 2009 received a local diploma, rather than the more rigorous Regents diploma. But the State is phasing out the local diploma as an option.... Read press release

8.3.2010 | State Education Commissioner Makes Clear That Special Education Schools Are Protected By State Law. New York State Education Commissioner David Steiner issued yesterday afternoon decisions in two appeals that Advocates for Children of New York, Inc. filed on behalf of public school parents challenging the New York City Department of Education’s decision to give more public school space to two charter schools.... Read press release