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2 FY22 budget priorities

COVID-19 Education Recovery: AFC’s Fiscal Year 2022 City Budget Priorities

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Live updates on AFC's services and COVID-19

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4 Briana

“I will forever be so grateful for all your help in finding her the right fit.”

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4 Vision for NYC Schools: Mayoral Recommendations (published)

Vision for NYC Schools: AFC's recommendations for the next 
mayoral administration

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5 Emma

“Our lives have been transformed for the better since we have been part of the AFC family.”

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7 Early Interventions data brief

Delayed Interventions: Early indicators of the pandemic’s impact on infants and toddlers

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Response to Release of DOE Academic Recovery Plan
07.08.2021 | Today, Kim Sweet, Executive Director of Advocates for Children of New York (AFC), issued the following statement in response to the NYC Department of Education’s release of its plan for using its historic influx of funding from the federal American Rescue Plan Act:We appreciate that the City is using American Rescue Plan funding to... Continue reading

AFC Response to City Budget Agreement
06.30.2021 | Today, Kim Sweet, Executive Director of Advocates for Children of New York (AFC), issued the following statement in response to the announcement of the Fiscal Year 2022 city budget agreement:Following 15 months of unprecedented disruption in public education, we are pleased that the final budget includes a number of education... Continue reading

Organizations Urge DOE to Hire Shelter-Based Community Coordinators
06.25.2021 | Today, Advocates for Children of New York joined 25 organizations to urge the DOE to hire 150 shelter-based Community Coordinators to help students living in shelter reconnect with school and participate in supplemental programming offered by the DOE.  With the DOE poised to receive tens of millions of dollars in COVID-19 federal... Continue reading

1,200 NYC Preschoolers with Disabilities Went Without Seats in Preschool Special Education Classes Last Year
06.09.2021 | Today, Advocates for Children of New York (AFC) issued the following response to the NYC Department of Education’s first release of preschool special education data required pursuant to Local Law 21 of 2020:Data released by the DOE show that at the end of the 2019-2020 school year, 1,215 preschoolers with disabilities were waiting for... Continue reading

AFC in the News

Assemblymember Paulin & Senator Reichlin-Melnick on Early Intervention Services Legislation
07.16.2021 | Rockland News | “Early Intervention (EI) provides critical assistance for young children with developmental delays and disabilities at the time intervention can have the greatest impact," said Randi Levine, Policy Director, Advocates for Children of New York. "Following years of commercial health insurance companies denying the vast... Continue reading

Education advocates call for more clarity in City’s Academic Recovery Plan
07.14.2021 | amNY | Advocates for Children of New York, a nonprofit education advocacy group based in New York City, wants to makes sure that the new Mosaic curriculum is both culturally responsive and uses new and better ways to teach students how to read. According to the AFC, the current approach to reading instruction in public schools is... Continue reading

Who’s Happy About In-Person Summer School? N.Y.C. Parents.
07.08.2021 | The New York Times | But Advocates for Children of New York, a nonprofit, said a reimbursement system excludes children who cannot afford the upfront payment. Prepaid car service is available for students who live in shelters and MetroCards are available to all families, the department said in a statement. Read article Continue reading

‘Literacy blitz’ and other ways de Blasio plans to spend $635 million to help NYC students catch up
07.08.2021 | Chalkbeat NY | Still, Advocates for Children of New York Executive Director Kim Sweet wanted to know more about how the city will address the lapse in services for these students. “We are still waiting for the DOE to release a plan for make-up special education services for students with disabilities without requiring each... Continue reading