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UCP CCEP program earns national Award of Excellence

Congratulations to UCP Huntsville’s Child Care Enhancement with a Purpose (CCEP) program for winning the 2014 Nina Eaton Program of the Year Award, which was presented to the CCEP team and UCP Executive Director Cheryl Smith at the 2014 UCP Annual Conference April 11 in Nashville as part of the annual UCP Awards for Excellence.

The Nina Eaton Program of the Year Award recognizes a program of a UCP affiliate that has made an extraordinary contribution to the quality of life of people with disabilities, enabling them to become more independent, productive or integrated into the family or community through a particular program.

“The CCEP program is an innovative inclusion training and technical assistance initiative that uses a multidisciplinary team approach to address issues related to childcare providers and community settings. The program offers a proven approach to training individual childcare providers and parents through on-site trainings, consultations, and technical assistance supporting best practices for inclusive environments for children with special needs. Further, the training provides the knowledge base and tools necessary to identify and assist children at risk of possible developmental delays. UCP affiliates throughout Alabama are proud of the CCEP program and of the program’s insight and innovation to address a crucial need of families throughout the state who have children with disabilities.”

The annual UCP Awards for Excellence recognizes UCP affiliates, individuals and companies whose exceptional service, achievements and dedication succeed in enabling a life without limits for people with a range of disabilities and their families.

The CCEP team was also honored to meet UCP Celebrity Ambassador Cheryl Hines (pictured).

To learn more about CCEP, visit


Supply donations welcome year-round!

The UCP Therapy Center welcomes donations of supplies for use with clients and their families during playgroup, preschool readiness group, outpatient therapy, and Art Stops. Current needs include:

  • Baby wipes
  • Plastic bathroom cups (3oz.)
  • Small paper plates
  • Juice boxes
  • WOW Cups (Registered Trademark)
  • "Baby Dipper" Bowl & Spoon Sets
  • Gift cards to Wal-Mart, Hobby Lobby, and Michael's (for crafting supplies)
  • Small outside play activities (balls, soft throwing discs, etc.)
  • iTunes gift cards for purchase of speech/language apps used with clients
  • Color copy paper

Your donation of these items helps UCP to reduce dollars spent on supplies and increase the dollars spent on direct client services for children and adults of all abilities.

To donate, or for more information, please contact UCP Special Instructor Wendy Pittard at and 256-852-5600. All donations are tax-deductible.

Thank you to CAS Cares for their recent $4,000 donation to UCP Huntsville for security upgrades, equipment, and client scholarships. 

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