Childcare Enhancement with a Purpose

CCEP (Childcare Enhancement with a Purpose), funded by Alabama DHR, offers free inclusion training to childcare providers statewide. CCEP utilizes experienced teachers and therapists to share simple, practical ways to work with and include children with special needs in childcare centers and family/group childcare homes.

This program offers:

  • A curriculum with a mulitdisciplinary approach which utilizes developmentally appropriate practices.
  • Free training funding for substitute teachers during training.
  • Educational kits.
  • Clock-hour credit approved by the Department of Human Resources.
  • Onsite consultation and technical assistance.
  • Workshops.
  • Other resources for assistance.

For more information about CCEP, contact UCP Huntsville at (256) 859-4900 or email

Quarterly NewsletterCCEP Summer Newsletter 4th Q FY 19




CCEP Teams by Counties Served


UCP of Huntsville/UCP Tuscumbia (Satellite Office)

Call 256-859-4900 to schedule free CCEP trainings in Madison, Morgan, Marshall, Limestone, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Colbert, Franklin, Marion, Winston, and Cullman counties.


United Ability

Contact Kelli Gerchow at 205-944-3969 or email to schedule free CCEP trainings in Walker, Blount, St. Clair, Jefferson, Shelby, and Chilton counties.


UCP of East Central Alabama

Call 256-237-8203, ext. 123, or email to schedule free trainings in Calhoun, Cherokee, Talladega, Cleburne, Clay, Randolph, Etowah, and Coosa counties.


UCP of West Alabama

Contact Paula Peacock at 205.292.4292 or to schedule free trainings in Lamar, Fayette, Pickens, Tuscaloosa, Bibb, Hale, Greene, Sumter, and Choctaw counties.


UCP Central Alabama/Montgomery Office

Call 334-271-2280 or email to schedule free trainings in Autauga, Dallas, Elmore, Montgomery, and Perry counties.


UCP Central Alabama/Auburn Office

Call Shea Thompson at 334-364-1847 or email to schedule free trainings in Tallapoosa, Chambers, Bullock, Lee, Macon, and Russell counties.


UCP of Mobile

Contact Samantha Davidson at 251-479-4900 or to schedule free trainings in Clarke, Washington, Marengo, and Mobile counties.


UCP of Mobile/Troy Office

Contact Judy Wells at 334-343-1598 (voice or text) and, or Jessica Adair at 334-372-7444 (voice or text) and to schedule free trainings in Barbour, Butler, Coffee, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Lowndes,  Pike, and Wilcox counties.


UCP of Mobile/Evergreen Office

Contact Kristin Hegji at 251-545-8473 (voice or text) and to schedule free trainings in Monroe, Conecuh, Escambia, and Baldwin counties.



UCP CCEP program earns national Award for Excellence

CCEP award

Congratulations to UCP Huntsville’s Childcare 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).