Dear Mr Mayor

An open letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio, with three wishes that serve as a starting point for a better New York.

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Nancy Wackstein, UNH's Executive Director, blogs about the human services sector, and the way she sees things after 20+ years in the field. 

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Introducing the Blueprint for Neighborhoods, a set of policy recommendations for the next Mayor to keep New York City strong, stable and vibrant. 

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With the Campaign for Children, we are fighting to restore the Mayor's Fiscal Year 2014 budget cuts, which could leave 47,000 children and families without child care and after-school programs. 

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Why do over half a million New Yorkers utilize settlement house services? A sense of belonging and caring. The people who come to settlement houses every day are welcomed as neighbors with skills and abilities, not clients with deficits and problems.

Programs emphasize voice, leadership and respect; comprehensive services address the needs of the whole person.

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News & Issues

The Daunting Logistics of the Pre-K Plan

Friday, February 07, 2014
UNH Executive Director Nancy Wackstein comments on the need for Universal Pre-K in New York City's communities and addresses some of the logistical challenges to implementing the Mayor's plan. 

“There’s hardly any community you go in that doesn’t have a big need for pre-K,” said Nancy Wackstein, the executive director of United Neighborhood Houses, a coalition of 38 community organizations, many of which currently provide pre-K and are willing to increase their capacity under the mayor’s plan. "What it will require is all the city agencies pulling together to make it happen, and to expand in many cases. We in the nonprofit sector are sometimes the victim of slow city processes.”

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