Easter Seals UCP Starts First Specialized After School Program for Children

Easter Seals UCP will launch Charlotte’s first specialized after school program for children with and without disabilities in kindergarten and first grade starting February 7, 2011. The five-star Easter Seals UCP Irwin and Carol Belk Children’s Center will accommodate the new after school program, which offers children dedicated teachers to assist with homework, and educational and fun activities from 2:15 – 5:30 p.m. Monday – Friday.

“While there are numerous after school programs for children without special needs, there is a shortage of programs for children with special needs,” said Courtney DeTemple, Easter Seals UCP program manager for Mecklenburg County Early Childhood and Family Services. “We found that many parents have to adjust their work schedules or hire someone to help take care of their child once they start elementary school. We already have the foundation of our five-star Children’s Center and our space offered the opportunity to fill this needed void.”

The Easter Seals UCP Children’s Center is an inclusive preschool serving children ages six weeks through Pre-K. The center supports children with and without disabilities – 50 percent of the center’s enrollment is made up of children without disabilities – and provides age-appropriate educational activities as well as specialized services including speech, occupational and physical therapies to children who need them. The new after school program will serve children in kindergarten and first grade.

To learn more about the Easter Seals UCP After School Program, please contact Courtney DeTemple at (704) 522-9912.

About Easter Seals UCP
Headquartered in Raleigh, NC with programs and services throughout North Carolina and Virginia, Easter Seals UCP is a lifelong partner to families managing disabilities and mental health challenges. The nonprofit serves more than 20,000 individuals and their families annually through an array of services. Easter Seals UCP enhances the quality of life for individuals and maximizes their potential for engaging in their communities. For more information on Easter Seals UCP North Carolina & Virginia, visit www.eastersealsucp.com.