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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“I can’t imagine how different [his] circumstances would’ve been without your advocacy.”

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“My [disability] does not define me. It does not limit me, it just helps the fighter in me stay alive.”

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Spotlight

New Report Shows Need for More Social Workers at Schools with High Concentrations of Students Living in Shelters
05.24.2018 | Today, Advocates for Children of New York issued a new publication entitled Gaps in Social Workers for Students Living in Shelters [PDF], documenting the number of New York City schools with high concentrations of students living in shelters that do not have a social worker to serve these students. During the 2016-2017... Read more

AFC Testifies on the Fiscal Year 2019 Executive Budget
05.24.2018 | Today, AFC is testifying before the City Council Committee on Finance on the importance of increasing funding for several education priorities, including school social workers for students living in shelter, school accessibility for students with physical disabilities, and evidence-based practices to improve school climate. Read... Read more

AFC, members of the ARISE Coalition, and PIE call for increased funding for school accessibility in the 2019 City budget
05.21.2018 | On May 15, members of the ARISE Coalition, which is coordinated by AFC, and Parents for Inclusive Education (PIE) wrote to Mayor de Blasio and the New York City Council, urging them to ensure that the final FY 2019 budget includes the City Council’s recommendation for an additional $125 million for school accessibility projects.... Read more

AFC’s Fiscal Year 2019 City Budget Priorities
05.02.2018 | On March 23, AFC testified before the New York City Council Committee on Education regarding the Fiscal Year 2019 Preliminary Budget. Read our full testimony [PDF] and click on the links below to learn more about each of AFC's advocacy priorities. Support for students who are homeless [PDF] In 2016-17, a... Read more

AFC in the News

What should it take to graduate? Inside the growing divide over whether to require New York’s vaunted Regents exams
05.03.2018 | Chalkbeat New York | The confusion surrounding Garcia’s diploma grows out of the system that New York’s education leaders have been creating for years — carving out new ways for students to graduate that rely less on the passing the state’s traditional five Regents exams. The goal is to ensure students like Garcia don’t get left... Read more

Pols, activists call for City Hall to fund homeless-student aid
04.18.2018 | New York Daily News | A group of 30 City Council members signed on to a letter sent to de Blasio on Monday that seeks at least $30.3 million for social workers and tutors, in addition to other measures to support homeless kids... Randi Levine, the policy coordinator for Advocates for Children, said her group also backs the push for... Read more

Here’s how Richard Carranza handled Houston’s special education crisis and what it could mean for New York City
04.03.2018 | Chalkbeat New York | When New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Carranza as his pick to replace Chancellor Carmen Fariña, local advocates privately wondered what his record on special education in Houston might mean for New York... Moroff said she is optimistic that Carranza will take those problems seriously — and that local... Read more

New York City students can now pass Spanish exam on path to graduation
03.28.2018 | Chalkbeat New York | Still, those learning English will be required to pass another four exams, including an English Regents exam, which could limit their ability to use the new option, said Ashley Grant, a supervising staff attorney at Advocates for Children. “We’d still like to see more pathways that don’t rely on high-stakes... Read more