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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1 Benefit 2014

Thank you for supporting the 2014 Spring Benefit!

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1 LGBTQ guide

Happy Pride Month from Advocates for Children! 

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2 Josh

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

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22 Jemma/Early Childhood

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

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3 Ruben

“Now I will be able to be an active contributing member of the work force!”

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35 SJPTF

The School-Justice Partnership Task Force releases a report on keeping kids in school and out of court.

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4 Khiry

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

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5 Izzie

“Because of AFC’s efforts my family and I do see the light at the end of the tunnel...”

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Spotlight

Updated Resources for Immigrant Families
07.18.2014 | AFC has a newly updated "Know Your Rights" guidebook for immigrant families in the New York City public schools! The guide is available in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu, and covers topics such as enrolling in school, services for English Language Learners and students... Read more

AFC Testifies on Graduation Pathways and Career and Technical Education
07.16.2014 | Today AFC is testifying before the New York State Assembly Committee on Education regarding Career and Technical Education (CTE) in New York State (NYS). To respond to the graduation crisis in NYS, we must create both instructional and assessment pathways that take into account the postsecondary aspirations and learning styles of all... Read more

Statement in response to the release of New York State’s graduation rates for the 2009 cohort
06.23.2014 | The graduation rates released today show little progress for the State as a whole, with a disturbing decrease in the percentage of English Language Learners receiving a diploma. With 25% of students in New York State leaving high school empty-handed, we have a graduation crisis that will require creativity and commitment to resolve.... Read more

AFC Submits Testimony on Protecting Students from Elopement
06.12.2014 | AFC submitted testimony to the New York City Council Committee on Education regarding the proposed bill to equip all exit doors in elementary school buildings and buildings accommodating District 75 programs with an alarm system. We support the targeted use of alarms, but only as a piece of a larger plan. To be successful, any move to... Read more

AFC in the News

New York cyberbullying law violates First Amendment, state appeals court says
07.02.2014 | Student Press Law Center | Advocates for Children of New York, which signed the amicus brief alongside SPLC, is pleased with the ruling, said Dawn Yuster, the group’s School Justice Project director. “Advocates for Children strongly supports positive approaches to discipline, such as ones that improve the school climate and keep kids... Read more

Report shows growing special ed challenge
07.02.2014 | Capital New York | The Department of Education faces a daunting challenge in accommodating a large and growing population of special needs students, statistics in an Independent Budget Office report released Tuesday revealed...“These numbers remind us that students with special needs are not a minor sub-population,” said Kim Sweet,... Read more

Five big takeaways from the latest treasure trove of NYC school data
07.01.2014 | Chalkbeat New York | The percentage of English language learners with a disability is similar to the overall share of city students with a disability. But advocates said it was still alarming to see the numbers. “These students are often among the most poorly served in the system,” said Kim Sweet, executive director of Advocates for... Read more

With police report requirement unclear, safety transfers hard to come by
06.27.2014 | Chalkbeat New York | According to Nick Sheehan, who works on the School Justice Project at Advocates for Children, safety transfers are “really challenging to get.” The biggest stumbling block, he said, is the required police report, which the city’s regulations list among the required documents for a safety transfer. Parents might... Read more