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Advocates for Children of New York, Legal Aid Commend the NYC Department of Education for Announcing New Team to Serve Children
12.20.2021 | Advocates for Children of New York and The Legal Aid Society commend the recent announcement that the New York City Department of Education (DOE) is creating a team dedicated to serving the unique needs of students in foster care. This announcement comes after Advocates for Children and Legal Aid released a report this year... Continue reading

AFC Statement on Announcement of David Banks as Next Schools Chancellor
12.08.2021 | Today, Kim Sweet, Executive Director of Advocates for Children of New York (AFC), issued the following statement in response to the announcement of David Banks as the next schools Chancellor: We congratulate longtime school leader David Banks on being named the next Chancellor of the New York City public schools. He will take the... Continue reading

Reaching Every Reader: NYC Literacy Summit
December 2021 | On December 9th, as City leaders prepare for the transition to a new administration, Advocates for Children of New York (AFC), the NYC Department of Education, and the ARISE Coalition are jointly hosting a Literacy Summit to build a shared vision for universal literacy. Improving the quality of literacy instruction is a matter... Continue reading

NYC Projecting Shortage of More than 900 Seats in Preschool Special Education Classes for Spring 2022
11.30.2021 | Advocates for Children of New York (AFC) issued the following response to the NYC Department of Education’s posting of new data showing a need for more than 900 additional seats in preschool special education classes in the spring of 2022: New data released by the DOE show a projected deficit of more than 900 seats in preschool... Continue reading

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NYC Education Dept. to create first division dedicated to supporting kids in foster care
12.19.2021 | NY Daily News | “Separation itself is a trauma,” said Erika Palmer, a supervising lawyer at Advocates for Children, and often comes alongside other stressful events that led to a child being removed from their home. Advocates say the Education Department historically hasn’t allocated the resources or staffing necessary to... Continue reading

NYC pols push fix for transportation woes plaguing students in shelters
12.06.2021 | Chalkbeat NY | “I think what the task force can really focus in on is, how can we make sure that busing is set up promptly and students and their parents know exactly when it is starting so that the lack of transportation doesn’t pose a barrier to attendance,” said Jennifer Pringle, director of Project Learning In Temporary... Continue reading

Advocates: 900 NYC special needs children could be left without a preschool seat next year
11.30.2021 | amNY | About 900 New York City toddlers with special needs could be left without a spot in a city preschool program next year, according to a new analysis. Advocates for Children of New York crunched newly released data from the New York City Department of Education and found a deficit of dozens of preschool special education... Continue reading

Chancellor Porter And City Council Announce Historic $4 Million Investment In Language Access For All
11.30.2021 | Harlem World Magazine | “Immigrant families, like all families in the NYC public schools, have a right to participate in their children’s education, but to do so, they have to feel comfortable communicating with their schools,” said Kim Sweet, Executive Director of Advocates for Children of New York. “The NYC Department of... Continue reading