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“I will forever be so grateful for all your help in finding her the right fit.”

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4 Vision for NYC Schools: Mayoral Recommendations (published)

Vision for NYC Schools: AFC's recommendations for the next 
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AFC Issues Statement in Response to Passage of Intro 150-A
11.23.2021 | Today, Kim Sweet, Executive Director of Advocates for Children of New York (AFC), issued the following statement in response to the New York City Council’s passage of Intro 150-A, creating a task force focused on the transportation of students in temporary housing: AFC thanks the New York City Council for today passing Intro 150-... Continue reading

AFC Calls on the City to Address the Urgent Need for Make-Up Services for Students with Disabilities
11.18.2021 | Advocates for Children of New York (AFC) issued the following response to the release of the New York City Department of Education (DOE)’s special education data report for the 2020-21 school year: The data released today show that 23,000 students with disabilities did not fully receive their mandated special education... Continue reading

More than 101,000 New York City Students Experienced Homelessness in 2020-21
11.08.2021 | Today, Advocates for Children of New York released new data showing that more than 101,000 New York City students were identified as homeless during the 2020-2021 school year, a 42% increase since the start of the decade and a number that has remained stubbornly persistent in recent years: last year marked the sixth consecutive school... Continue reading

Vision for NYC Schools: AFC Issues Recommendations for the Next Administration
11.03.2021 | Mayor-elect Eric Adams will take office at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the longstanding inequities in our City’s schools. Based on our 50 years of on-the-ground experience helping students and families navigate the largest school system in the country and get the support they need to learn, we outline some of... Continue reading

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Data: More than 101,000 NYC students experienced homelessness in 2020-21
11.18.2021 | NY Amsterdam News | In an interview with the AmNews, AFC policy director Randi Levine said city schools are required to identify students who are experiencing homelessness and report their information to the state. The data comes from the state’s education department. Levine said people don’t know how serious the number of students... Continue reading

NYC special education referrals plunge 57% from pre-pandemic levels
11.18.2021 | Chalkbeat NY | “The drop in referrals likely means that there are students with disabilities that went all year without getting the help they needed and maybe continuing into this year without getting needed support,” said Randi Levine, a special education policy expert at Advocates for Children, a nonprofit that helps low-income... Continue reading

Today's Verdict: Study on School Attendance, New Bill to End Substance Abuse, Youthful Offender Bill
11.12.2021 | BronxNet TV | Host David Lesch talks to Jennifer Pringle, director of Advocates for Children's Project for Learners in Temporary Housing, about a recent study about how inadequate resources and poor conditions in shelters have impacted school attendance of students who live in shelters and of students who live in their primary... Continue reading

Advocates push to overhaul support system for NYC homeless students.
11.11.2021 | PIX 11 | More than 100,000 New York City schoolchildren were homeless at some point during the 2020-2021 school year and advocates are calling on Mayor-elect Eric Adams to overhaul the education support system in shelters. The situation needs to be improved to stop the cycle of homelessness, advocates said. As kids are left... Continue reading