Participant in Empower Plus Program

Licensed through Arizona Department of Health Services
United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona’s (UCP) Early Learning Center (ELC) is a high quality developmentally appropriate learning environment serving children ages six weeks to five years with and without disabilities.

The center has low staff to children ratios to allow children to be engaged in learning opportunities within age and developmentally appropriate groups.

The staff in the ELC is highly qualified, trained and dedicated to ensure the highest level of care and education for each child. Staff provides the children with various age appropriate activities that engage the children and facilitate learning opportunities. Classroom activities encourage peer to peer interactions and foster social-emotional growth and development.
The classrooms and play areas have been designed for safety and to ensure a healthy environment for the children. Our playground and classrooms are ADA accessible, and provide opportunities for all children to have the ability to participate.

The ELC is designed to prepare the child physically and emotionally for school. What sets the ELC 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 Early Learning 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.

Why choose a NAEYC accredited center?

NAEYC Accreditation helps parents find the best possible early childhood experience for their children. NAEYC-Accredited programs must:

  • Promote positive relationships for all children and adults to encourage each child’s sense of individual worth.
  • Implement a curriculum that fosters all areas of child development: cognitive, emotional, language, physical, and social. Use developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate and effective teaching approaches.
  • Provide ongoing assessments of each child’s learning and development and communicate the child’s progress to the family.
  • Promote the nutrition and health of children and protect children and staff from illness and injury.
  • Employ and support a teaching staff that has the educational qualifications, knowledge, and professional commitment necessary to promote children’s learning and development and to support families’ diverse interests and needs.
  • Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with each child’s family.
  • Establish relationships with and use the resources of the community to support achievement of program goals. Provide a safe and healthy physical environment.
  • Implement strong personnel, fiscal, and program management policies so that all children, families, and staff have high-quality experiences.


Hours: Monday thru Friday from 6:30 am – 6:00 pm year round.