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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.
  • Students with Disabilities

    Glen's Story

    AFC was able to prove that Glen’s behavior was a direct result of his disabilities, and his school agreed and admitted it did not have the services needed to support Glen.

  • Immigrant Students & English Language Learners

    Michelle's Story

    Michelle, a 20-year-old from Haiti, emigrated after the earthquake, just one month short of finishing high school. Many schools were reluctant to accept her, given how little time she would be there, but AFC helped her understand her educational options.

  • Students Facing Disciplinary Issues

    George's Story

    George was a junior with no history of disciplinary reprimands, but when noticed graffiti in the bathroom and informed the school safety officer, he was hand-cuffed, arrested, and suspended from school.

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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.