Early Head Start

Nominated for consideration as a National Center of Excellence in Early Childhood Education, the Early Head Start program provides child care services to eligible families with children under age three with comprehensive center-based programs and home visits. Our eligibility requirements are listed to the right.

Our Early Head Start program is currently enrolling for fall! Please fill out the form below to get more information!

We believe that parents are a child's first and most important teachers and are true partners in University Settlement's Early Head Start Program. Families and staff work together to design a comprehensive and effective plan that will ensure each child's individual goals are met. Services include:

University Settlement Early Head Start

  • Pre– and post-natal education, screenings and referrals
  • Health, safety, nutrition and mental health services
  • Developmental assessments & screenings
  • Early learning classroom-based sessions for infants & toddlers
  • Parent education & support groups
  • Parent-child socialization groups
  • Special needs education & referrals (full inclusion of children with special needs)
  • Home-visiting services to support healthy family development
  • Social service advocacy & referrals

Parents and children receive an infant/toddler classroom groups five times a week (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) OR weekly home visits (90 minutes) & regular parent-child socialization groups (90 minutes)

Our Early Head Start program has also collaborated with the renowned Ackerman Institute for the Family to implement a parent-child program to support social-emotional development and school readiness. We encourage you to consider enrolling while pregnant to take full advantage of the many benefits our Early Head Start program has to offer!

Services are available in English, Spanish, Cantonese and Mandarin.

Servicios disponibles en Inglés, mandarín, cantonés y español. 提供華語服務(國語和粵語).  提供华语服务(国语和粤语).

Learn more!

Fill out the contact form below to get more information about Early Head Start. 


Please be aware that Early Head Start is only available to residents of the Lower East Side and Chinatown unless you are homeless and/or living in a shelter. 


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