Family Child Specialist

Job Type

Full Time




184 Eldridge Street
New York
New York
United States


Overview: University Settlement is one of New York City's most dynamic social justice institutions, with an

impressive legacy as the first settlement house in the nation. For 130 years, University Settlement has been an

anchor in the low-income and immigrant communities where we work, offering pioneering programs in early

childhood care and education, youth development, eviction prevention, literacy, theater and visual arts,

senior services, and mental health. Each year, we engage over 40,000 New Yorkers through our network of 31

sites in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Our mission is to empower the individuals we serve through

comprehensive, quality services that strengthen families and meet the current needs of the community.

The Zero to Three Child Development program integrates Early Head Start and Family Child Care services into a

single program that offers full-day home-based child care services, family support services and advocacy to low

income pregnant women and families with children under three years of age. The program provides

developmentally appropriate home-based child care, and Home visits to families and family child care providers.


  • Manage a caseload of families and conduct home visits
  • Coordinate parent/family involvement with Parent Provider conference workshops and activities 
  • Take some program-wide responsibilities that may include annual events, parent/child groups, etc.
  • Develop consistent, stable and supportive relationships with families and children
  • Be part of a team in assessing family needs and child developmental status
  • Be part of a team in developing an individualized family/child plan addressing family and child needs
  • Provide appropriate services to families/children based on the individualized family plan
  • Work closely with families on specific issues and difficulties those individual families are experiencing
  • Provide families with appropriate referrals and follow-up with families and service providers on referrals
  • Provide workshops to families and staff
  • Assist in the recruitment of families
  • Assist in developing the Parent Council and other parent support groups
  • Maintain proper documentation on families and children
  • Other duties as requested by supervisor to fulfill job responsibilities


  • BA in Early Childhood Education, Social Work, Human Development or related field 
  • Knowledge of child development birth to three. 
  • Two to three years of experience working with families in a supportive and empowering environment.
  • Bilingual English/Cantonese or English/Mandarin required

Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual English/Cantonese or English/Mandarin

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree