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5.13.2013 | Jamie Levitt, President of the Board of Directors of Advocates for Children, was honored by A Better Balance at their annual spring celebration on May 7! Jamie was recognized for her outstanding efforts on behalf of women and families.

jamie accepting her award

4.30.2013 | On May 30, join Advocates for Children, former Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye, and New York City School-Justice Task Force members for the release of the New York City School-Justice Task Force Report and Recommendations on keeping kids in school and out of court. 

As the next New York City Mayor sets the course for education reform, these recommendations provide a roadmap of next steps in a city-wide effort to take advantage of emerging approaches to school discipline that are effective and fair as a means to improve outcomes for all of our children – to keep our students in school and out of court.


04.26.2013 | Today AFC testified before the state Office of Children and Family Services hearing on the child care plan for 2014-15, arguing that our leaders must provide more funding to increase access to quality early childhood education programs and ensure that children with disabilities have access to those programs. View testimony [PDF]

04.23.2013 | Today AFC submitted comments on the New York City Administration for Children’s Services’ proposed plan for limited secure placement of youth as part of phase two of the Close to Home juvenile justice reform initiative. View comments [PDF]

04.18.2013 | AFC has a new fact sheet on the Common Core State Standards (Common Core), which explains how the Common Core will impact your child’s education. The fact sheet also explains what the Common Core means for students with disabilities and English Language Learners. View the fact sheet [PDF]

04.15.2013 | On April 15, 2013, AFC provided testimony at the City Council Oversight Hearing examining School Climate and Safety. AFC's testimony highlighted the NYC Department of Education's failure to provide mandated behavioral supports for students with disabilities as well as its failure to implement positive behavior modification programs for all students for decreasing students suspensions and improving school climate and culture in schools. View testimony [PDF]

4.12.2013 | Join The ARISE Coalition and the Pace University School of Education on Saturday, April 27, 2013 for a great event. Learn directly from students with disabilities about technology solutions that have helped them to address learning, communication, and physical challenges in their classrooms. For more information and to register for the event click here.

04.12.2013 | AFC's new Guide to Preschool Special Education Services explains how you can help your preschool child receive services to address a developmental delay or disability. Read about the services available, step-by-step instructions for requesting services, and your rights.  Read the guide [PDF]

04.08.2013 | Advocates for Children of New York (AFC) filed a complaint today with the New York State Education Department against the NYC Department of Education (DOE) for its failure to provide students with disabilities necessary behavioral supports as mandated by law. Providing these supports has been shown to decrease behaviors that often result in removing students from the classroom and/or suspending students.

Read the complaint [PDF]
Read the press release [PDF]

03.22.2013 | In November 2013, NYC will elect its next mayor. The Junior Board of Advocates for Children and NYU Law's Education Law and Policy Society invite you to attend a panel discussion on the potential changes to education policy that a new administration may bring. Kim Sweet, the Executive Director of Advocates for Children, will moderate the discussion.

"Change on the Horizon: Visions for the Next Mayor's Education Platform"
Thursday, April 4th, 7pm
NYU School of Law
Vanderbilt Hall Room 210
40 Washington Square South 

Refreshments will be provided. We encourage you to RSVP if you are able to attend: http://changeonthehorizon.eventbrite.com/