United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona’s (UCP) Early Learning Center (ELC) is a high quality developmentally appropriate educational environment serving children ages six weeks to five years with and without disabilities, their families, and the community.

The center has low staff to children ratios to allow children to be engaged in learning opportunities and growth in age appropriate groups: infants, toddlers, two year olds, and preschool.

The staff in the Early Learning Center is highly qualified, trained and dedicated to ensure the highest level of development and well-being for each child. They interact with the children through various age appropriate activities and lessons that stimulate growth to enhance the learning of each child. 

Many activities encourage peer to peer interactions and group interactions for social and educational development. The classrooms and play areas have been designed for safety and to ensure a healthy environment for the children.

The Early Learning Center is designed for children ages six weeks through five years old to prepare the child physically and emotionally for school. What sets the Early Learning Center apart is the inclusive environment of typical and special needs children which fosters social acceptance at an early age. In addition, through collaboration with UCP’s therapy program, children attending the ELC are able to receive occupational, speech, and physical therapy during their program day. The center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and licensed by the Arizona Department of Health Services. The result is a higher standard of care requiring the center to focus on key components such as: positive relationship building; a creative curriculum promoting learning and development in the areas of social, emotional, physical, language, and cognitive skills; assessment of child progress by ongoing systematic, formal, and informal assessment approaches; and promoting healthy nutrition choices for children.

For more information about UCP Early Learning Center, please contact us by email or at (602) 943-5472.