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AFC Testifies on DOE School Budgets Cuts
06.24.2022 | Today, Advocates for Children of New York is testifying before the City Council Committee on Education and Committee on Oversight and Investigations regarding our deep concerns about school budget cuts. Read our testimony [PDF] Continue reading

Limited English Proficient Parents Need Additional Assistance to Access Information about their Children’s Education
06.09.2022 — Today, Advocates for Children of New York (AFC) released a new data analysis, More than Translation: Multi-Faceted Solutions for Communicating with NYC’s Immigrant Families, estimating that more than 329,000 public school students do not have a parent who speaks English fluently and calling on Mayor Adams and the City Council to... Continue reading

More than 200 Organizations and Individuals Call on NYC to Continue Funding the Mental Health Continuum
06.06.2022 | Today, Advocates for Children of New York (AFC) joined more than 200 organizations and individuals in calling on Mayor Adams to invest $5 million to continue the Mental Health Continuum, an innovative, evidence-based model for supporting students with significant mental health needs by integrating a range of direct services and... Continue reading

Fall 2021 Attendance Data Show Urgent Need to Address Persistently Low Attendance Among Students Living in Shelter
05.18.2022 | Today, Advocates for Children of New York (AFC) released a new policy brief, Still Disconnected: Persistently Low Attendance Rates for Students in Shelter, highlighting alarmingly low attendance rates for students living in homeless shelters and calling on the New York City Department of Education (DOE) to direct federal COVID-19... Continue reading

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Budget Deal Maintains $4 Million to Boost Communication with Immigrant Families in NYC Schools
06.14.2022 | City Limits | “This was a multi-faceted program,” explained Rita Rodriguez-Engberg, director of AFC’s Immigrant Students’ Rights Project, “in which the DOE created a working group, of which we were part.” The group worked on finding the most effective ways to communicate with immigrant parents which included things like sending... Continue reading

Proposal would help NY students who miss or fail Regents earn diplomas
06.13.2022 | Chalkbeat NY | Juliet Eisenstein, a staff attorney with Advocates For Children’s Postsecondary Readiness Project, was hopeful that the board would continue to look at moving away from requiring students to pass exams in order to graduate as most other states have done. “This proposed amendment is a step towards recognizing that... Continue reading

Piden incluir fondos para mejorar la comunicación de padres inmigrantes que no hablan inglés en Nueva York
06.10.2022 | Univision | La asociación Advocates for Children of New York, le pide al alcalde Eric Adams que, dentro del presupuesto municipal, sean otorgados 6 millones de dólares a programas que se encarguen de acercar a padres inmigrantes a la educación de sus hijos. De acuerdo con un estudio publicado por esta organización, del millón de... Continue reading

Advocates: Schools need more funding to better communicate with immigrant families
06.09.2022 | NY1 | More than 329,000 public school students do not have a parent who is fluent in English — and a new report highlights the problems many of them face getting information from their children’s schools. “It's figuring out ways to communicate, which doesn't just entail translated documents. You have to make sure that parents are... Continue reading