In 2009, New York ranked 10th out of the 50 states in high poverty rate among its elderly.

University Settlement Society

Manhattan

Founded in 1886, University Settlement Society is one of New York's most dynamic social service institutions with deep roots on the Lower East Side. Each year University Settlement's diverse programs help over 25,000 low-income and at-risk people build better lives for themselves and their families.

Early Childhood Mental Health Collaborative


The Early Childhood Mental Health Collaborative is designed to promote the healthy social emotional development of young children in areas hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy. The collaborative links early childhood professional staff at UNH member agencies most affected by Superstorm Sandy with expert consultants of the New York Center for Child Development. The NYCCD professionals provide training and consultation to staff members.

The leadership and teaching staff of the four UNH member settlement houses are committed to working with UNH and the NYCCD to develop a network of early childhood teaching professionals and agencies that have the capacities, built on evidenced-based training and expert support, to effectively address the mental health needs of young children.

To date, 75 staff members have participated in the program and have learned:

Participating member organizations are:




The program is supported by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.


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