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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2015 Spring Benefit
Wednesday, May 6
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Thank you so much for your dedication to my family, it literally changed our lives.

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15 Josh

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

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2 Jemma/Early Childhood

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

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25 Charter School Discipline Paper

Civil Rights Suspended: An Analysis of New York City Charter School Discipline Policies

5 Khiry

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

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Help Advocates for Children assist more New York City students.

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6 Paige

Back to school with AFC: What a difference a year makes!

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AFC stands in solidarity with communities impacted by recent events in Ferguson, Cleveland, & NYC. 

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Spotlight

AFC Testifies on Educational Services for English Language Learners
02.25.2015 | Today AFC Project Director Abja Midha (second from left) testified at the New York City Council Committee on Education hearing on English Language Learners (ELLs). In our testimony, we raised concerns about the shortage of bilingual program options for ELLs, particularly in languages other than Spanish. View testimony Read more

Statement by AFC in Response to Mayor de Blasio’s School Discipline Announcement
02.13.2015 | In response to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement of a package of school discipline reform proposals, Kim Sweet, Executive Director of Advocates for Children of New York, issued the following statement: “We thank Mayor de Blasio for taking this important step forward on school discipline. He has assembled a leadership team with the... Read more

Discipline Policies of Many NYC Charter Schools Deny Students Rights
02.12.2015 |  Today, Advocates for Children of New York releases a report, Civil Rights Suspended: An Analysis of New York City Charter School Discipline Policies, with key findings that we have made after reviewing 164 New York City charter school discipline policies obtained through Freedom of Information Law requests. A significant... Read more

Statement by AFC in Response to New York City Council School Discipline Proposal
02.11.2015 | In response to New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito’s State of the City Address, Advocates for Children of New York issued the following statement:  We are pleased that New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito highlighted school discipline reform as a priority in today’s State of the City Address. Her... Read more

AFC in the News

Suspensions at city charter schools far outpace those at district schools, data show
02.23.2015 | Chalkbeat New York | “Overreliance on suspension is an issue that needs to be addressed for all public schools, including charter schools,” said Paulina Davis, a staff attorney at Advocates for Children who represents charter-school students in disciplinary cases... A report released by Advocates for Children this month found that a... Read more

Build a Bridge: Department of Education Translations
02.23.2015 | Brooklyn Independent Media: BK Live | Abja Midha (Advocates for Children of New York) and Kim Sykes (The New York Immigration Coalition) discuss how Build a Bridge tries to help immigrant parents with language translation in the school system. BK Live 2/23/15 from Brooklyn Independent Media on Vimeo. Read more

Immigrant groups see chance to improve language services in chancellor’s reorganization
02.17.2015 | Chalkbeat New York | On Tuesday, parents said that help was still sorely needed, telling stories of student report cards and progress reports not being sent home in a parent’s native language, fliers telling parents about their right to translation services mailed home in English, and parent-teacher conferences and school workshops... Read more

Translation issues at schools have non-English speaking parents asking city for help
02.17.2015 | New York Daily News | Federal law grants immigrant public school parents a right to translation and immigration services. A city Department of Education policy requires language services in the nine most common languages other than English spoken by city parents — Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian,... Read more