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

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“Thank you for defending the rights of Micaela!!”

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Meeting the literacy needs of students with and without disabilities in the NYC public schools 

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Back to school with Advocates for Children

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45 Kalilah

“Now, everything is so great. She’s excited to go to school every day.”

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Spotlight

AFC Testifies on Access to Career and Technical Education Programs
09.21.2016 | Today, AFC is testifying before the New York City Council Committee on Education regarding access to Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs for students with disabilities and English Language Learners (ELLs). CTE is shown to help keep at-risk students – such as ELLs and students with disabilities – engaged and on-track for... Read more

AFC Urges the City to Focus on Significant Racial Disparities in School Arrest Data
09.15.2016 | Today, the New York City Police Department (NYPD) released data showing that schools have continued to become safer: there are record lows in school crime and fewer students arrested for school-related incidents. Despite these improvements, new data reported pursuant to Student Safety Act amendments passed last year illustrates the... Read more

Thoughts for the new school year
09.07.2016 | At Advocates for Children of New York, we are gearing up for the first day of school, a moment that invites us to reflect on what we do and how we want to impact the world around us. Each new school year brings new demands but also new opportunities to use our resources and expertise to improve the lives of children in New York City... Read more

Get Ready for Back to School!
08.25.2016 | The first day of school is Thursday, September 8! In preparation, we've updated our back-to-school fact sheet for families of students with disabilities, which covers concerns that typically come up at this time of year, such as what to do if a child does not yet have a school assignment or the school assigned says they cannot serve... Read more

AFC in the News

New York City promised free preschool to every family, so why do some students with disabilities struggle to find seats?
09.30.2016 | Chalkbeat New York | “The city has expanded Pre-K For All and sought to ensure there is a prekindergarten seat for every child in the city,” said Randi Levine, an early childhood expert at Advocates for Children, which worked on Mikel’s case. “Parents, advocates, and providers are concerned that we have not done enough to ensure... Read more

School safety data say Black students face more arrests, summonses than white peers
09.29.2016 | New York Amsterdam News | Director of the School Justice Project for AFC, Dawn Yuster, urges the city to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline and invest in restorative practices. “There were 93 children in emotional crisis that were handcuffed, all of those students were students of color,” Yuster said. “We hope the city will adopt... Read more

New York City schools expand career and technical education, while City Council members look to track progress
09.22.2016 | Chalkbeat New York | In New York City, as of 2013, students enrolled in CTE schools were more likely to graduate than those who were not, a finding that’s especially true for students with disabilities or who are learning English. But Sam Streed, a policy analyst with Advocates for Children, said steps need to be taken to make sure... Read more

NYPD Data Shows Schools Safer, but Racial Disparities Persist
09.19.2016 | Public News Service | School crime hit a record low in the second quarter of 2016, and fewer students were arrested overall. But Dawn Yuster, school justice project director at Advocates for Children of New York, said the vast majority of those involved with police while in school were students of color. "New York City needs to... Read more