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New Recommendations for Partnering with Parents As NYC Seeks to Revamp Reading Instruction
01.25.2024 | Today, Advocates for Children of New York (AFC) is releasing recommendations for New York City Public Schools (NYCPS) on how to partner with families as the city enters the next stages of its efforts to improve reading instruction across the school system. This report, Hearing from Parents: Recognizing Families as Crucial Partners in... Continue reading

AFC Responds to the Release of the City’s FY 25 Preliminary Budget
01.16.2024 | In response to the release of Mayor Adams’ preliminary budget for Fiscal Year 2025, Kim Sweet, Executive Director of Advocates for Children of New York (AFC), issued the following statement: The preliminary budget announced today falls far short of meeting the needs of the City’s students—putting in jeopardy the continuation of... Continue reading

AFC Responds to Governor Hochul’s Executive Budget Address
01.16.2024 | In response to the education portion of Governor Hochul’s Executive Budget address, Kim Sweet, Executive Director of Advocates for Children of New York (AFC), issued the following statement:Improving reading instruction and expanding access to mental healthcare would move our schools forward in important ways, and we are glad to see... Continue reading

AFC Responds to Mayor Adams’ Education Budget Announcement
01.12.2024 | In response to Mayor Adams’ education budget announcement, Kim Sweet, Executive Director of Advocates for Children of New York, issued the following statement: Picking up the cost of Summer Rising as federal COVID-19 funds expire and reversing previously announced cuts to community schools are positive steps that will allow... Continue reading

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Migrant families with kids will have to leave NYC shelters starting this week
01.08.2024 | Gothamist | “I can't imagine a scenario where there won't be a significant disruption to children's education,” said Jennifer Pringle, project director for Advocates for Children. “It just is ridiculous that families are going to be moved mid year when school, for so many families, is a primary source of support and stability.”... Continue reading

NYC school suspensions spiked 13% last year, returning to pre-pandemic levels
01.08.2024 | Chalkbeat NY | But some advocates worry that schools will soon have fewer resources at their disposal to address student behavior without resorting to suspensions. The city has used one-time federal relief funding to hire hundreds of social workers and expand funding for restorative justice programs, which prioritize peer... Continue reading

Faltan más de mil cupos de preescolar para niños con necesidades especiales en Nueva York
01.04.2024 | Univision | Según la organización Advocates for Children of New York, más de 1,100 niños con necesidades especiales esperan un cupo en preescolar, por lo que asegura que el alcalde Eric Adams no ha cumplido la promesa de brindar un asiento a cada menor. No obstante, la ciudad afirma que son las familias las que no han dado esas... Continue reading

Migrant families to begin moving next week as 60-day shelter deadline nears
01.03.2024 | NY1 | It’s a process advocates fear will interrupt children’s education — and could leave some families sleeping on the street while awaiting new shelter, as happened to single adults already forced to re-apply. “I desperately hope that the city has a better plan in place for families,” Jennifer Pringle, project director at... Continue reading