- Students Ages 0 - 26
- Early Childhood
- Students with Disabilities
- Over-Age Students
- Immigrant Students & English Language Learners
- Students Facing Disciplinary Issues
- Youth in the Juvenile and Criminal Justice Systems
- Students Involved in the Child Welfare System
- Students in Temporary Housing
- Charter Schools
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Monday to Thursday
10 am to 4 pm
Josh came to AFC when he was 20 years old because he was desperate to learn how to read.
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Who We Serve
Students Ages 0 - 26
Students Ages 0 - 26
Advocates for Children of New York (AFC) is the most trusted and experienced organization fighting to ensure that ALL New York City students have access to a quality education. We believe every child deserves an excellent education regardless of the obstacles they face.
We serve ALL NYC students from birth through age 26, focusing on students from low-income backgrounds who are struggling in school or experiencing school discrimination of any kind, including suspensions, inappropriate class placement, or denial of necessary services. No matter what challenge your child faces, we will advise you on your child’s specific situation and work with you to ensure that he/she receives the educational services he/she is legally entitled to receive.
Our experienced education specialists and attorneys provide free legal services including representation at school-related hearings and appeals. We also offer a wide range of resources, such as fact sheets, referrals, and guides to help families stand up for their child’s educational rights.
If you would like to speak with an attorney or advocate, please call our Helpline between the hours of 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM, Monday through Thursday at 1-866-427-6033.
AFC also works to change education policy so that the public school system serves ALL children of New York City effectively. For more information about Policy & Initiatives and Litigation, please click on the links.
To read about some of the families AFC has helped, please go to Success Stories.