Family Assistant

Department: Early Childhood Education
Start Date: As soon as possible
Hours: Full Time
Salary: Commensurate with experience

Program Overview: Education and Employment Services is an $8.2 million division serving about 9,000 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.


  • BA preferred, High School Diploma or HSE required.
  • Experience working with families or in a social work capacity.
  • Bilingual Cantonese/English or 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.
  • Statewide Central Register (SCR) Clearance Required
  • Completed Medical Form Required


  • 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.
  • In coordination with the Health and Nutrition Consultants, develop service procedures, specifically for children who are under/overweight.
  • Coordinate all initial vision, hearing, and nutrition screenings in the program.
  • Follow up with screenings by referring to Health/Nutrition Consultant or other appropriate medical specialists.
  • 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.
  • Organize Parent Committee and classroom parent elections annually and monthly meetings per Head Start regulations.
  • 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.
  • Responsible for ensuring that all parents assigned to caseworkers are seen at home or at the center.
  • Coordinate parent workshops and individual conferences with families across mental health, nutrition, and education services.
  • 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.

To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter to Indicate “Family Assistant” AND the website the position was found in subject of e-mail .

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.

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