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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Thank you for supporting the 2014 Spring Benefit!

11 Jake

Thank you so much for your dedication to my family, it literally changed our lives.

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12 overage MS report

Sixteen Going on Seventh Grade: Over-Age Students in New York City Middle Schools

13 Josh

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

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14 Paige

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

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16 Jemma/Early Childhood

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

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17 Khiry

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

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18 Multiple Pathways Coalition

The Coalition for Multiple Pathways to a Diploma holds a policy briefing on New York's graduation crisis.

35 Ruben

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

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5 Annual appeal

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Spotlight

AFC Testifies Regarding Guidance Services for Students
9.29.2014 | Today AFC is testifying before the New York City Council Committee on Education regarding guidance counselors in schools. We strongly support the City Council in publicly monitoring the number and distribution of guidance counselors, social workers, and school psychologists in New York City schools and would like to see the data that... Read more

AFC Testifies at a Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Behavioral Health System Planning Forum
9.15.2014 | This afternoon, AFC will be testifying at a Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Behavioral Health System Planning Forum on the need for DOHMH to work with the DOE to improve the mental health system for New York City’s students so they can stay and succeed in school. In our testimony, we request that DOHMH partner with the DOE to... Read more

Over-Age Middle School Students at Risk of Dropping Out Due to Shortage of Programs
9.10.2014 | More than 50,000 middle school students – a quarter of the students in New York City’s public middle schools -- have been left back at least once, and more than 8,500 students have been left back at least 3 times. Despite their significant academic and social-emotional needs, there are fewer than 450 seats in programs for over-age... Read more

Statement of Advocates for Children of New York regarding Full-Day Pre-K Expansion
9.03.2014 | As the new school year begins, we celebrate the monumental achievement of having more than 50,000 children enrolled in Pre-K in New York City. Research shows that low-income children who participate in high-quality early childhood education programs are less likely to be retained a grade in school, be placed in special education... Read more

AFC in the News

Teacher complaints expose tensions as special-ed overhaul continues
10.15.2014 | Chalkbeat New York | Still, they reflect the new demands that have been placed on schools by the city’s special-education overhaul, which calls for neighborhood schools to serve special-needs students whom they might have referred elsewhere in the past, and to try to place those students in classes alongside their non-disabled peers... Read more

Special-ed students in some neighborhoods face longer odds when looking for help
10.15.2014 | Chalkbeat New York | The city is failing to provide thousands of services to students with disabilities, and the shortfall is worst in some of the city’s poorest and least accessible neighborhoods, new data shows...the process of turning a referral into reality can be frustrating to parents everywhere, who say they must advocate for... Read more

Lawyers Who Lead by Example 2014 Awards: Caroline Heller
10.14.2014 | The New York Law Journal | Finding the right educational services for a child with a disability isn't supposed to require an attorney. But it may when collaboration between parents and public school breaks down. That's when Caroline J. Heller, a partner at Greenberg Traurig, steps in. Heller, 41, heads Greenberg Traurig's pro bono... Read more

Policy changes coming after 5-year-old with special needs was restrained in Bronx school
10.01.2014 | ABC Eyewitness News | Policy changes are coming to New York City schools after a 5-year-old special-needs student was tied up as part of a punishment for acting out at his Bronx school, and the incident was caught on cell phone video... "In the video, what we see is he's not a danger to himself or others," children's advocate Bernard... Read more