Early Childhood Education

High quality and individualized learning for young children

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What We Do

Our seven early childhood centers support the cognitive, social, creative and physical development of children ages 2 to 5.  Our Family Child Care Network prepares community members to establish and run their own home-based child care businesses, serving children ages 8 weeks to 3 years in an educationally stimulating home-based setting.

Union Settlement is the tenth-largest provider of

early childhood education services in New York City

Did you know…
…Our Early Childhood Education programs serve over
700 young children in seven locations each year

“All children should experience high quality education

that will equip them for further schooling and for life.”

— Thomas de Castro, Site Director

440 children accessed to high quality education through

our early childhood centers this year.

Last year we supported 65 homeless families with

stable, high-quality care for their children,

enabling parents time to seek housing and work.

Our early childhood programs prepare 2 to 5 year olds for

elementary school while providing quality care

so their parents are able to work.

Our Family Child Care Network trains qualified

community members to start their own home-based childcare centers.

Last year 298 infants and toddlers were able to attend
65 home-based childcare centers in our
Family Child Care Network.

Did you know Union Settlement helped developed the model for

early childhood asthma tracking and prevention training in NYC?

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Services & Programs

All child care centers and home care providers are licensed by the Department of Health and provide hot, nutritious meals to all participants. Because parent involvement is essential to child development, we encourage and welcome parents in all aspects of our programs.

Early Childhood Education Centers

Our mission is to provide children with a well-rounded program that includes all aspects of learning. Children receive individualized instruction that includes cognitive, social, creative and physical development. Five of our early childhood education centers operate from 8AM to 6PM and two operate from 8AM to 4:30PM. All programs are open year round.

We serve 500 children and their families in seven centers. Teachers in our pre-school program assist children ages 2 to 5 in a stimulating social and educational environment.

Family Child Care Network

Union Settlement’s Family Child Care Network prepares community members to establish and run their own home-based child care businesses. Our providers care for children ages 8 weeks to 3 years in an educationally stimulating home-based setting.

Open House/Meet and Greet Events

Parents and their children are welcome to visit the center, meet our teachers and explore the classrooms. Events will be posted online and announced in person.


For more information on any Early Childhood program, contact:

Administrative Assistant
(212) 828-6029

Director of Early Childhood Education

Michelle Paige
mpaige@unionsettlement.org