Program Name: Youth Resources / Respite
Services offered: Through its Youth Resources and
Respite Care programs, UCP provides services and support to empower
and educate child care providers and community members on including
children, youth, teenagers and adults with disabilities, including:
- Respite Care (ages birth - adulthood)
Respite Care supports families in reaching out and making personal
connections to people within their community to establish care
providers for their children. Our services help families find,
screen and train qualified staff to provide short term services
in the families home, the respite staff’s home or in the
community. Services for this program are limited and the cost
of care is subsidized up to a certain number hours of respite
- Inclusive Child Care (ages birth -12)
Our Inclusive Child Care services focuses exclusively on helping
families find and maintain inclusive childcare. Through different
levels of support we strive to empower and educate child care
providers on inclusion so that children with disabilities have
the same opportunities as their peers. The level of support we
provide to each child ranges from consultative to direct support.
With consultative support professional staff from UCP work with
individual child care centers to provide on-going guidance through
observations, problem solving, periodic check-ins and advice aimed
at enhancing each provider’s ability to include a specific
child. Depending on the needs of your child or child care program,
the Inclusion Consultant may recommend additional assistance in
the form of Direct Support. With Direct Support, Youth Resources
hires and trains a staff person to work within a particular child’s
child care program. Under direction from the Inclusion Consultant,
the staff person assists child care providers with gaining the
skills and knowledge needed to fully include the child. Once those
skills are achieved and the child is consistently included, the
amount of support is then reassessed and changed accordingly.
- Teen Afterschool and Summer Program (ages 12-18)
Each youth is assigned an Inclusion Consultant who is responsible
for coordinating individualized and group activities based on
the needs of the youth being served. This could include structured
activities, such as participating in an after-school club, volunteering
or taking guitar lessons, or could be less structured, such as
hanging out at the mall, playing mini golf or going to the movies.
In whatever environment the youth is involved with, the Inclusion
Consultant will recommend an appropriate level of staff support
to promote success.
Our Teen based services differ slightly depending upon the time
of year. During the school year, Youth Resources provides middle
school and high school aged youth living in the Madison Metropolitan
School District with afterschool programming. Inclusion Consultants
coordinate transportation with the youth’s family and school
and may recommend that Youth Resources provides pick-up and drop-off
services. Service hours are from school dismissal until 5:00 pm.
During summer months services are either full day or partial day
and are expanded to those living in Dane County. Youth participating
need to be dropped off and picked up from a pre-arranged centralized
location in Madison and will participate in a variety of fun filled
summer activities. Day trips away from Madison can be expected.
Families are responsible for any activity fees and a separate
participation fee is charged for our summer program.
Waitlist Information: Many of the services we
offer are in high demand and have an associated waitlist. Each service’s
waitlist is managed separately. Because of this, there is no guarantee
that families and children who receive one service will automatically
receive the others.
Web page: www.ucpdane.org
Primary contact person: Ginger Schwahn
Telephone number: 608-273-3318
Email address: email@example.com
Hours of operation: 8am to 5:30pm, Monday thru
Size of staff: 8 regular staff members and 10-25
limited term employees depending upon the time of year.
Average cost of service is: Our services are free
Funded by: United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Dane
County and Dane County Department of Human Services.
Average length of service is: Varies depending
on the needs of each family.
Intake procedure is: Interested families should
contact Ginger Schwahn via the telephone number or email listed
Target population is: Families of children, youth
and teens with developmental disabilities who are in need of or
currently using child care services, afterschool or summer care
in their community.
Other eligibility requirements include: Eligibility
is conducted by the Program Director and all consumers need to meet
the eligibility requirements set forth by Dane County Department
of Human Services.
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