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Off Target: How Cuts to Child Care and After School Leave Out Public Housing Communities

May 1, 2012

Cuts to child care and after-school proposed in New York City Mayor Bloomberg's Preliminary Budget will lead to thousands more children on even longer waiting lists for these services and many communities will face dramatic losses in these programs. Some of the families likely to be hardest hit are those living in public housing. These cuts will have a devastating impact not only on the children and families who benefit from these crucial services, but on New York City's successful partnership between human service providers and the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). This decades-long partnership has contributed to making NYCHA one of the nation's most successful public housing authorities and helped to build strong resilient communities in public housing developments.

Enduring Advantage of Settlement Houses

October 1, 2011

Examines the distinctive practice the settlement house model has generated and illustrates how this practice creates a settlement house advantage that is worthy of attention. The first part of this report describes the principles that frame settlement house practice and the second part illustrates the value of this practice in settlement house programs for disconnected youth and immigrant families.

Advancing Literacy Through the Arts: Lessons from Settlement House After School Programs

December 2, 2009

The report opens with brief profiles of the seven arts/literacy projects supported by the E.H.A. Foundation grant. In the second section, the report describes some of the challenges involved in operating these kinds of projects and best practices used to make them as appealing and meaningful as possible to children. That discussion is followed by a section that offers insights from staff and program managers of the seven projects who reflect on how the projects have contributed to the education of children. The report ends with brief conclusions. The report draws on information gathered through site visits to the seven projects, observations made at UNH-sponsored discussion meetings of project managers, and interviews with selected staff and managers.

Supporting Parent Engagement: Lessons from Settlement House Programs

December 1, 2009

This report is intended to give readers a picture of some of the challenges and best practices involved when settlement houses and other similar agencies undertake parent engagement programming. The report draws on the experiences of six UNH member agencies, all based in New York City, that have received grants from the MetLife Foundation to support parent engagement work.