Among unemployed New York City residents, 58% experienced difficulty affording food throughout 2009.(Food Bank for New York City)

Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation


The Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation (CHLDC) is a not-for-profit community organization, serving 8,000 residents a year through a comprehensive array of housing preservation, economic development, community organizing and youth and family support services programs and projects.

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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