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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’s Fiscal Year 2019 City Budget Priorities
03.09.2018 | AFC's advocacy priorities for the Fiscal Year 2019 New York City Budget include: Increased funding to improve school accessibility [PDF] Given the current lack of fully accessible school buildings, students with physical disabilities have limited options when applying to pre-K, elementary, middle, and high school... 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

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 in the News

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

‘More than your typical set of agency breakdowns’: Audit pans NYC’s handling of homeless students
03.15.2018 | Chalkbeat New York | The city employs family assistants who are supposed to work with families living in shelters and keep an eye on student attendance. But the audit found that during the 2015-16 school year, the education department deployed just 110 assistants to oversee 32,243 students living in shelters — a ratio of 293 students... Read more

Nearly 112,000 students are homeless or in temporary housing, city audit shows
03.15.2018 | New York Daily News | A report published Thursday by the nonprofit Advocates for Children of New York found that the city's offices to support homeless kids are understaffed. It called on the city to add at least 107 social workers dedicated to helping homeless students access services and succeed in school. In 2017 the city dedicated... Read more

Retiring Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña Leaves a Legacy of Modest Progress for NYC’s 200,000 Special Ed Students
02.20.2018 | The 74 Million | To Kim Sweet, executive director of the nonprofit Advocates for Children of New York, the transition gives de Blasio an opportunity to elevate the needs of disabled students. “In my experience, chancellors tend not to focus on special education in their first term, if they get to it at all,” she said. ”It would be... Read more