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United Cerebral Palsy

Program Name: Youth Resources / Respite Care Program

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 care/year.

  • 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.

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Primary contact person: Ginger Schwahn
Telephone number: 608-273-3318
Email address:

Hours of operation: 8am to 5:30pm, Monday thru Friday

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 to families.

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 above.

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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