The current facility housing UCP's children's programs has been the victim of repeated flooding over the years, causing disruptions in the services as well as a strain on the agency's finances.
Our plan is to raze the building and replace it as shown in the architect's rendering above. The new center will be built well above the water table to avoid the problems of the past. You can see some pictures of the flooding damage on our website.
UCP's Children's Center houses our Lekotek and Compuplay programs and the administrative space for our early intervention services, as well as other community services such as Helping Hands, a community day care center.
Lekotek makes the world of play accessible to children with all types of disabilities and levels of abilities. From finding specially adapted toys to ideas on positioning a child so that he or she can reach and manipulate a toy, the Lekotek Leader helps fully include the child in play, which is the most natural way for children to learn and families to interact. Parents, siblings and other family members are encouraged to participate in Lekotek sessions.
Compuplay uses computer activities for much the same objectives as Lekotek uses toys. Through the use of adapted equipment and positive play methods, children can learn, create and explore using the computer and software. Technology helps level the playing field for children with disabilities in all areas of life and the Compuplay program enables children with disabilities to participate in one of the favorite activities of their non-disabled peers. Compuplay Camps include children with and without disabilities in the same age range for the value of social interaction.
Early intervention involves trained staff visiting and working with the child and parents in the home, or child care staff for those who attend community programs, to incorporate the child's developmental goals into his or her daily routine.
Please consider donating to UCP's Children's Center Capital Campaign, sharing this page on your social networks, and if you feel really ambitious, creating a fundraising campaign to help.