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Protecting every child’s right to learn

Advocates for Children of New York has a singular vision: an equitable and inclusive school system where all students receive the education they need to maximize their potential as adults.

We fight for families

For more than 50 years, we have fought beside NYC families from under-resourced communities through a unique combination of services, all focused on protecting education rights and eliminating barriers to success so all students can thrive.
  • Zio's Story

    When Zio, who is classified as autistic, came to AFC, he was 12 years old and had attended four different schools in six years, none of which had provided him with an appropriate education.

  • Tavian's Story

    Tavian, an honor roll student, received a 30-day suspension for bringing over-the-counter cough medicine to school to help treat a cold. With AFC’s prompt intervention, Tavian was back in school after only 8 days, and working to make up the time he lost.

  • Jake's Story

    “It's my hope it will remind parents not to give up! I thank you so much for your dedication to my family, it literally changed our lives and we'll forever be grateful.”

    jake in front of school building wearing backpack

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Save Essential Programs from City Budget Cuts!

Email Mayor Adams, your City Council Member, and other City leaders and tell them that the Fiscal Year 2025 budget must save education programs that are providing critical support to New York City students and families.