Through our Inclusive Child Care Services we encourage families to renew their energy and support their overall resiliency in caring for a child who has a disability. We focus exclusively on helping families find and maintain licensed and inclusive child care programming such as in-home care, child care centers or summer day camps.
Through different levels of support, UCP empowers and educates child care providers on inclusion so children with disabilities have the same opportunities as their peers. The level of support we provide to each child and their family ranges from consultative to full on-site staff support.
With consultative support, a UCP Service Coordinator works with individual child care programs to provide on-going guidance through observations, problem solving, periodic check-ins and advice aimed at enhancing each child care provider’s ability to include a specific child. Depending on the needs of a child or child care program, a child’s UCP Service Coordinator may recommend additional assistance in the form of on-site support.
With on-site support, UCP hires and trains an Inclusion Facilitator to work within a particular child’s child care program. Working alongside child care providers, we assist them with attaining the skills, knowledge and ability to support the child’s overall physical, social and emotional needs. We consider our services to be a support to the child care provider/teachers as opposed to “an aide” to a child and as such strive to blend into the child care program to the greatest extent possible.