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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Events

AFC's 2017 Spring Benefit
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
6:00—9:30 pm
Three Sixty° in New York City

1 Benefit 2017

Advocates for Children’s 2017 Spring Benefit is May 24!

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1 Omar

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

Read Omar’s story

12 Gloria

“Thank you so much for all your help and support!”

Read Gloria’s story

13 Immigrant rights

Resources for immigrant students and families in NYC public schools

Know your rights!

15 CTE report

Addressing barriers to Career and Technical Education for students with disabilities

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16 Tayloni

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

Read Tayloni’s story

17 Micaela

“Thank you for defending the rights of Micaela!!”

Read Micaela's story

42 Literacy Paper

Meeting the literacy needs of students with and without disabilities in the NYC public schools 

45 Kalilah

“Now, everything is so great. She’s excited to go to school every day.”

Read Kalilah’s story

5 Jemma/Donate

Help Advocates for Children assist more New York City students

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Spotlight

AFC Testifies on the Fiscal Year 2018 Executive Budget for New York City
05.25.2017 | Today AFC is testifying before the New York City Council about the Fiscal Year 2018 city budget proposal. We urge the Administration and City Council to increase funding for DOE social workers for students living in homeless shelters, Restorative Practices and other alternatives to school suspensions, and school accessibility. View... Read more

Know Your Rights: Immigrant Students and Families
May 2017 | Every student in New York City has the right to attend public school, regardless of immigration status. Following recent immigration-related activities by the federal government, the New York City Department of Education (DOE) issued a letter to families reiterating this commitment. The DOE also provided additional guidance for... Read more

New Report Urges New York School Districts to Better Protect and Support Immigrant Students and Families
05.17.2017 | As the families of more than 190,000 immigrant students across New York State wrestle with the current climate of fear and uncertainty, a new report finds major inconsistencies in how New York’s school districts are responding and the extent to which they are rising to the challenge of protecting and supporting the immigrant... Read more

Statement on Announcement of Pre-K Expansion
04.24.2017 | In response to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement that the City will expand pre-K to three-year-old children starting with District 7 in the South Bronx and District 23 in Brownsville, Kim Sweet, Executive Director of Advocates for Children of New York, released the following statement: “Having achieved universal pre-K access... Read more

AFC in the News

New York City’s special ed tracking system malfunctioned more than 800,000 times per day, but changes are underway
05.09.2017 | Chalkbeat New York | Maggie Moroff, a disability policy expert at Advocates for Children, said the report validates the idea that problems with SESIS have persisted for years without being adequately addressed. But the bigger issue, she emphasized, is that many students with disabilities are going without services they need. “We can’t... Read more

Mayor’s budget includes funding for homeless students, 3-K for All, and air-conditioned classrooms
04.26.2017 | Chalkbeat New York | Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 2018 executive budget, unveiled Wednesday, was hailed as a win by advocates who successfully pushed for the restoration of $10.3 million in funding for homeless students omitted from his draft budget. “We are disappointed that we had to fight to get the $10.3 million restored,” said Randi... Read more

Advocates urge de Blasio to reinstate $10.3M in city budget to provide crucial services for homeless kids
04.19.2017 | New York Daily News | Advocates say the services are needed now more than ever because the city’s homeless crisis has reached historic proportions, with an all-time high of 105,000 kids in temporary housing now enrolled in public schools. “Students living in shelters need supports in order to succeed in school,” said Randi Levine,... Read more

How often does New York City tell its principals they can’t suspend a student?
04.13.2017 | Chalkbeat New York | Officials rejected 453 of the 2,008 requests to suspend students for insubordination, or 23 percent. And they rejected about 20 percent of the 1,039 attempts to suspend students in grades K-3, or 31 percent if you include the more serious suspensions that already required approval. “It is promising to see that... Read more