Early Childhood

At Grand St. Settlement, we guide children from birth to age five and their parents through the most important years, ensuring school readiness and nurturing a life-long love of learning.

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What We Do

Getting Ready

Health + Habits
Our focus on good health and habits means we provide nutritious meals daily, offer health screenings, and work to ensure families can access insurance, care and support.

Creative Curricula
We specialize in nurturing the academic knowledge, communication skills, independence, and social-emotional development children need to do well in school.

Developmental Assistance
We provide caring education for learners at every developmental level – and we’re an NYC leader in providing services to children with delays and special needs. We help every child start school with every possible advantage.

Engaging Families

Parent Involvement
Be a part of conversations and decisions, spend time in the classroom, and join us for workshops and family events to stay connected. This is a partnership between staff and families with many opportunities to volunteer, develop new skills, and help set policies and directions.

Family Resources and Support
Workshops and events give parents the skills and information they need to be at their best. From we create a community of support and inclusion. We help parents set and achieve their goals from parenting tips to family fun and bonding to job training and employment. Services are provided in English, Spanish and Chinese.

Investing Together

Outstanding Teaching
With over 60 years’ experience as a leader in early care and education, we know the most important part of creating a nurturing learning environment is investing in amazing staff. Between professional development, continual training, and all the right certifications, our team loves learning as much as teaching.

Finding Your Advocate
We help families navigate education systems, social services, and mental wellness options. Our teachers and family workers advocate for individual needs of every child, and help you support their development.

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Our Child & Family Centers host a variety of services for expecting parents, families, and young children. See our map to find the programs closest to you.
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Early Head Start

For expecting parents and babies from birth through age three

From a healthy pregnancy to family teamwork, we get everyone ready for success with both home and center-based services. This program is free for eligible families.


Head Start

For ages three through four

Bright colors, dynamic learning, and a focus on nutrition and wellness all in 3 languages advance school readiness.

EarlyLearn NYC

Head Start and child care for ages two through five

A safe, caring environment gives children full-day learning and play, helping them and their parents learn, grow and achieve. This program is free for eligible families and a sliding-scale fee is charged for extended hours.


Universal Pre-Kindergarten

For the year before Kindergarten eligibility

Get school ready! We provide outstanding Pre-K education and help each family find the right Kindergarten for their child.


Meet the Team

Rosalie Moran

Early Head Start /
Child Care Partnership Director

Joanna Liu

Early Head Start

I really enjoy working directly with Early Childhood Educators to strengthen their skills and knowledge in connection with providing high quality infant-toddler programming.

Ayana Reefe

Head Start Director /
Early Learn Coordinator

When it comes to work ethic, I like to consider myself a mover, shaker and a pusher. Having worked in Head Start for fifteen years, I credit my unique team as the driving force behind my work. My favorite part of my day is hearing laughter – which guarantees every day will have several bright spots!


You Belong Here.

It's easy to join our programs and access our services, everyone is welcome. Contact us today and join the Grand St. Settlement family.

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