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at Advocates for Children

151 West 30th Street
5th Floor
New York, NY 10001

TEL 800.388.2014
FAX 212.807.6872

About Us


New York State Technical and Education Assistance Center for Homeless Students (NYS-TEACHS) provides information, referrals, and trainings to schools, school districts, social service providers, parents, and others about the educational rights of children and youth experiencing homelessness.

NYS-TEACHS is funded by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) and is housed at Advocates for Children of New York, Inc. (AFC).

About AFC

Advocates for Children of New York, Inc. (AFC) works on behalf of New York City's children who are at greatest risk for school-based discrimination and/or academic failure. These include children with disabilities, ethnic minorities, immigrants, children who are homeless, children in foster care, children with limited English proficiency, and those living in poverty. AFC provides a full range of services: free individual case advocacy, technical assistance, and training for parents, students and professionals about children's educational entitlements and due process rights in New York City.


  • Karen E. Chicas, Administrative Assistant
  • Joao M. Da Silva, Education Specialist
  • Michelle Frank, JD, Assistant Director
  • Emily J. Kramer, Senior Program Analyst
  • Arija Linauts, Senior Program Associate
  • Marlene D. Lleva, Education Specialist
  • Jennifer Pringle, JD, Project Director

Upcoming Workshops and Trainings

May 16, 2016 - OCM BOCES

May 17, 2016 - Jefferson-Lewis BOCES

May 18, 2016 - St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES

Upcoming Webinars

Recorded Webinars and Materials

McKinney-Vento for School-Based Liaisons
NYC - 5/10/16

Serving Students in Temporary Housing Through Creative Collaborations
NYS & NYC - 5/11/16

Data Collection & Reporting
NYS - 5/18/16

Click here for a full list of upcoming webinars.

Recorded Webinars and Materials

Workshops and Training Materials

Training and Workshop Materials