In cooperation with the Mobile County Public School System, UCP of Mobile offers preschool classes to approximately 25 children with disabilities each year. UCP’s two preschool classes allow students to combine typical preschool activities such as story-time and crafts with their individual regimen of speech, occupational and/or physical therapy.
UCP of Mobile President & CEO, Glenn Harger has said, “The most amazing thing about our preschool is that it is so ordinary,” and the program has adopted the statement as its philosophy.
While primarily designed to encourage students to reach developmental milestones such as self-toileting and self-feeding, UCP Preschool is also a place where children can grow academically. In fact, the classes follow a curriculum that is very similar to that of most typical preschools. Students learn about the days of the week, opposites, colors, types of transportation, etc. These lesson plans are reinforced with special visitors and field trips. During the year, students are treated to visits from the Fire Department, the Police Department, and Triple Oaks Farm. They also take several field trips, with outings as diverse as the neighborhood McDonald’s to the Sea Lab on Dauphin Island.
UCP offers two, 3–5 year old class which meets Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 2:30 pm during the school year. It also meets on the same schedule through a six-week summer session. Work in this class is tailored to meet each student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP). In these classes, a team consisting of parents, teachers, early interventionist, and therapists determines the students’ individualized programs.
Eligibility requirements vary depending on the age of the child, and some testing may be involved.
For more information about UCP Preschool, please contact UCP
at (251) 479-4900 or send an e-mail.