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 help enrolling in a new high school marked “the beginning of my happiness!”

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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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Congratulations to our 2017 high school graduates!

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Addressing barriers to Career and Technical Education for students with disabilities

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Spotlight

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

News Release: Preliminary Budget Would Cut Key Supports for Students who are Homeless
02.01.2018 | Today, Kim Sweet, Executive Director of Advocates for Children of New York (AFC), issued the following statement in response to the release of the City’s Fiscal Year 2019 Preliminary Budget: We are appalled that the Mayor’s Preliminary Budget would eliminate funding for the DOE Bridging the Gap social workers for students... Read more

AFC Files Federal Complaints on Behalf of Students Requiring Nursing Services to Attend School
12.22.2017 | In the fall of 2017, AFC with Greenberg Traurig, LLP filed federal complaints against the New York City Department of Education on behalf of four parents whose children did not receive the nursing services that they required to attend school. As a result of the lack of nursing services, two of the students were unable to attend school... Read more

New AFC Resource: Guide to Preventing & Addressing Bullying
12.19.2017 | Advocates for Children has a new guide on preventing and addressing bullying! This guide describes bullying behavior and signs a child may be bullied. It also includes the education rights of students who are bullied or engaged in bullying behavior and attend NYC Department of Education schools, including special protections for... Read more

AFC in the News

How well does your school serve students with disabilities? A proposed law in New York City would make that clear.
02.13.2018 | Chalkbeat New York | Advocates said the new reporting requirement would be a powerful tool for accountability. “To get this would be a huge win,” said Maggie Moroff, a special-education policy expert at Advocates for Children. “It would allow us and other advocates to know where to drive our advocacy and allow the [education... Read more

NYC’s Special Education Crisis, Where 1 in 4 Families Doesn’t Receive Guaranteed Services
02.13.2018 | The 74 Million | “We’re glad to see that the percentage of students fully receiving special education services increased from last year, but 48,000 students with disabilities are still going without special education services they’re entitled to receive under the law,” said Randi Levine, policy coordinator for Advocates for... Read more

NYC’s Homeless Pre-K Kids with Special Needs Face Steep Barriers to Getting Help
01.31.2018 | City Limits | In the 2016-17 school year, between 31 and 35 homeless preschool students in New York City were receiving special education services, from 17 in the Bronx to none in Staten Island, according to data from NYS Student Information Repository System (SIRS). The data was released by NYS-TEACHS, a project from Advocates... Read more

Bullying in NY Public Schools
01.16.2018 | WBAI Radio | Equal Justice Works fellow Gena Miller spoke with WBAI Radio's The Morning Show about bullying in New York City public schools, particularly as it affects LGBTQ students. Listen to the segement:  Read more