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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Events

2015 Spring Benefit
Wednesday, May 6
Three Sixty˚
New York City

11 Jake

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

Read Jake’s story

15 Josh

Josh came to AFC when he was 20 years old because he was desperate to learn how to read.

Read Josh’s story

2 Jemma/Early Childhood

Get ready for pre-K and kindergarten with our early childhood resources!

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25 Charter School Discipline Paper

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

5 Khiry

“I never would have been able to get my diploma if AFC hadn’t found me the right school.”

Read Khiry’s story

55 Donate

Help Advocates for Children assist more New York City students.

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6 Paige

Back to school with AFC: What a difference a year makes!

Read Paige’s story

7 Staff photo

AFC stands in solidarity with communities impacted by recent events in Ferguson, Cleveland, & NYC. 

#BlackLivesMatter

Spotlight

AFC Testifies on School Climate and Discipline
04.14.2015 | Today AFC is testifying before the New York City Council Committee on Public Safety, the Committee on Education, and the Sub-Committee on Non-Public Schools regarding school climate and discipline. AFC supports the passage of both Introduction Number 730, amending the Student Safety Act, and Introduction Number 719, requiring the DOE... Read more

AFC Submits Testimony on City Council Resolutions
03.30.2015 | Today, AFC submitted testimony to the City Council Education Committee on resolutions regarding school funding, the charter school cap, and parents’ ability to opt out of standardized tests. View testimony Read more

AFC and the ARISE Coalition Testify on Education Proposals in the Preliminary NYC Budget
03.25.2015 | Today, AFC is testifying before the City Council Education Committee about the education proposals in the Fiscal Year 2016 Preliminary Budget. We are heartened that the Preliminary Budget includes increased funding for a literacy initiative to support students with disabilities, interpretation services for immigrant families,... Read more

Free Event: AFC Junior Board & NYU Ed Law Panel on the Education of Immigrant Youth
03.09.2015 | On March 24, AFC's Junior Board and NYU Law School's Education Law and Policy Society will hold a panel discussing the experiences of undocumented young people, particularly those who arrived recently, as they enter the City and try to access their right to a public education. RSVP by March 17.   Read more

AFC in the News

Council Bills Aimed at Clarity, Improvement Around School Discipline and Support
04.13.2015 | Gotham Gazette | Nick Sheehan, staff attorney at Advocates for Children, shares Chowdhury's view. Torres' bill, he said, would increase transparency "about how the City chooses to allocate its resources." He went further, saying the bill should also add ratios of social workers and school psychologists to school safety agents, and the... Read more

City invests in new efforts to help struggling readers, but some say more is needed
04.07.2015 | Chalkbeat New York | When students start to show signs of significant reading difficulties — they struggle to make sense of individual words and whole texts — then experts say they need frequent, specialized help with their basic reading skills. But that demands highly trained teachers and well-structured programs. “For kids who need... Read more

NYC Families Get Word of Eligibility for Gifted Classes
04.06.2015 | SchoolBook | “The City needs to find a way to provide access to these programs for a broader range of New York City's children,” said Kim Sweet, executive director of Advocates for Children. She said the city's expanded pre-k options could help by providing information on gifted programs and the required tests to a wider range of four... Read more

Council members push forward on special education transparency
03.10.2015 | Chalkbeat New York | Special education advocates contend the annual reporting could provide needed context on how the department can improve its assessment and implementation of services for special education students. “We want to find out what the sticky points are in the process. Where are kids not getting services and where are... Read more