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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AFC's 2018 Spring Benefit
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AFC’s help enrolling in a new high school marked “the beginning of my happiness!”

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Addressing barriers to Career and Technical Education for students with disabilities

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“I can’t imagine how different [his] circumstances would’ve been without your advocacy.”

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“My [disability] does not define me. It does not limit me, it just helps the fighter in me stay alive.”

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Spotlight

AFC’s Fiscal Year 2019 City Budget Priorities
04.18.2018 | On March 23, AFC testified before the New York City Council Committee on Education regarding the Fiscal Year 2019 Preliminary Budget. Read our full testimony [PDF] and click on the links below to learn more about each of AFC's advocacy priorities. Support for students who are homeless [PDF] In 2016-17, a... Read more

Upcoming Panel Discussion: Disability, Race, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline
03.23.2018 | On March 28th at 6pm, join the Junior Board of Advocates for Children of New York and NYU Law School's Disability Allied Law Students Association, Education Law & Policy Society, Black Allied Law Students Association, and Suspension Representation Project for a panel discussion on the school-to-prison pipeline. The panel will be... Read more

Advocates Call on City to Increase Support for Rising Numbers of Students in Temporary Housing
03.15.2018 | Today, Advocates for Children of New York (AFC) and Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York (CCC) called on Mayor de Blasio to provide critical support to students who are homeless, releasing a publication entitled Recommendations for Improving School Access and Success for Rising Numbers of Students in Temporary Housing [PDF].... Read more

AFC Testifies on the New York State Education & Health Budget Proposals
02.13.2018 | On February 12, 2018, AFC submitted testimony for the New York State Joint Legislative Public Hearing on the 2018-2019 Health Budget proposal, urging legislators to increase the reimbursement rate for Early Intervention providers and to reject a budget proposal to restructure the Early Intervention screening and evaluation... Read more

AFC in the News

Pols, activists call for City Hall to fund homeless-student aid
04.18.2018 | New York Daily News | A group of 30 City Council members signed on to a letter sent to de Blasio on Monday that seeks at least $30.3 million for social workers and tutors, in addition to other measures to support homeless kids... Randi Levine, the policy coordinator for Advocates for Children, said her group also backs the push for... Read more

Here’s how Richard Carranza handled Houston’s special education crisis and what it could mean for New York City
04.03.2018 | Chalkbeat New York | When New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Carranza as his pick to replace Chancellor Carmen Fariña, local advocates privately wondered what his record on special education in Houston might mean for New York... Moroff said she is optimistic that Carranza will take those problems seriously — and that local... Read more

New York City students can now pass Spanish exam on path to graduation
03.28.2018 | Chalkbeat New York | Still, those learning English will be required to pass another four exams, including an English Regents exam, which could limit their ability to use the new option, said Ashley Grant, a supervising staff attorney at Advocates for Children. “We’d still like to see more pathways that don’t rely on high-stakes... Read more

New York City Is Failing Homeless Students, Reports Say
03.15.2018 | New York Times | The second report released on Thursday went further. That paper, released by Advocates for Children of New York and the Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York, called on Mr. de Blasio to hire more trained social workers to work in shelters — family assistants need neither a college degree nor any formal training... Read more