Early Childhood Family Social Worker

Job Type

Full Time




265 Henry Street
New York
New York
United States


Education and Employment Services is an 8.2 million dollar division serving about 9000 people each year through a continuum of services from Early Childhood Education through Adult Workforce programs designed to assist individuals in obtaining the skills necessary for lifetime self-sufficiency. Education Services include an Early Learn Program, After School Programs (6 sites), 4 Day Camps, Youth Recreation, High School Initiatives including 2 Community Schools, and our Expanded Horizons College Success Program. Programming takes place within 3 community center sites and multiple school-based programs. Employment Services include walk-in employment services, employment services for a public housing population, ESL job readiness training, and employment services for youth including SYEP and Young Adult Internship and Adult Literacy Programs.

This position is within our Early Childhood Education department, reporting to the Early Childhood Education Program Director.


·        Bachelors in Social Work or comparable human development field required, Masters in Social Work or comparable strongly preferred.

·        Experience working with families or in a social work capacity.

·        Experience and familiarity working with agencies that assist children and families with special needs (i.e. Committee on Preschool Special Education, other similar organizations).

·        Bilingual Spanish/English or Cantonese/Mandarin/English strongly preferred.

·        Knowledge of the Lower East Side community and resources.

·        Knowledge of Early Childhood, ACS, Early Learn, Head Start, etc. preferred.

·        Strong computer skills; Knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel required.


·        Work with children enrolled in Henry Street Settlement Early Childhood Education Center, especially those with disabilities and their families, and working with them and the staff in an effort to efficiently coordinate resources and ensure that enrolled children are receiving needed, appropriate services in a timely manner.

·        Attend varied meetings and workshops pertaining to Mental Health, Students with Disabilities, etc. as needed or advised.

·        Along with the Family Assistant, facilitate the organization of the Health Services Advisory Committee and ensure the proper planning, implementation, and evaluation of Health, Mental Health, and Disability Services content areas.

·        Encourage active parent involvement surrounding Mental Health and Disabilities Services.

·        Maintain and update data of individual Mental Health and Disabilities Services records on each child in regard to what services are needed and received.

·        Facilitate parent/caregiver/family workshops on a variety of topics as needed.

·        Conduct outreach in the neighborhood and partner with local agencies such as public libraries, elementary schools, and hospitals. 

·        Assist in establishing and maintaining relationships with the community and creating partnership agreements.

·        Assist in recruitment and enrollment of eligible children in the program.

·        Conduct tours for incoming and prospective families.

·        Meet with prospective families and collect documentation to determine eligibility.

·        Make and accept referrals for the children and families to and from external agencies for student related services and Early Intervention.

·        Recruit UPK children and organize applications to submit to DOE office.

·        Coordinate all initial vision, hearing, and nutrition screenings in the program.

·        Complete a family needs assessment with each family to identify goals and action plans to meet goals.

·        Maintain current and accurate records as required by the program and insure confidentially.

·        Coordinate and conduct orientations such as child abuse prevention, program policy and procedures, curriculum, etc.

·        Provide information and referrals to link staff and families to appropriate community resources.

·        Schedule meetings between parents and teachers and other general parent meetings as needed.

·        Coordinate nutrition and health services to ensure that procedures follow all DOH, ACS, and Head Start requirements.

·        Plan and execute for children and families a system to provide medical, dental, growth, nutritional examinations and/or assessments, health, vision and hearing screenings and required immunizations.

·        Set-up appointments for introductions between parents and assigned teaching staff, and facilitate transition into care.

·        Participate with other staff to plan and implement systems for health, nutrition, education, and parent involvement.

·        Follow-up with families on waiting list.

·        Conduct annual satisfaction surveys with families.

·        Assist families in transitioning out of the program by providing choices and explaining the enrollment process for Kindergarten. 

·        Make periodic home visits as needed.

·        Attend various mandatory trainings, meetings, and orientations.

·        Assist in classroom when teachers or volunteers are not available as needed.

·        Translate documents and interpret during conferences and meetings as needed.

·        Other related duties as assigned by Supervisor.

Due to the high volume of applicants, only qualified candidates will be contacted.

Henry Street Settlement offers excellent benefits and is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree