What support services does UCP provide?
Individual, couples, and family counseling services for children with disabilities and their families are available free of charge (funded through Orange County Citizens Review Panel).
Information and referral, support groups, parent training and family events are available at all campuses.
For more information about our Support Services – click here.
What is a state-funded charter school?
Charter schools are unique public schools that have the freedom to be more innovative while being held accountable for improving student achievement. They were created more than 20 years ago to find ways to improve our nation’s public schools and close the achievement gap. As a result, they raise the bar for what is possible in public education.
Charter schools, while operating independent of a school district, are public schools. Just like traditional public schools, charter schools are funded by local, state and federal tax dollars based on student enrollment. They are free, do not have special entrance requirements and do not charge tuition. Charter schools are not religious and cannot discriminate against students on any basis.
How many children are enrolled in UCP of Central Florida’s schools?
UCP’s seven campuses enrolled over 1000 900 children ages 6 weeks to 21 at its 7 campuses.
What are UCP’s Education Programs?
- Early intervention in the classroom for children ages birth to 3.
- Infants, toddler, preschool and VPK inclusion programs for children ages 3 – 4.
- Kindergarten through 5th grade inclusion elementary school programs
- Middle and high school programs for children with special needs.
- Career/College Experience Program for eligible young adults with special needs who have graduated from high school and are ages 18 – 21.
- Before/After Care
- Summer Camp Programs
Who might benefit from UCP’s education programs and classroom settings?
- Children with special needs including: cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, visual or hearing impairments, developmental and learning disabilities, seizure disorders, children with spinal cord injuries, or speech disorders or delays.
- Children without disabilities whose parents or caregivers are interested in an inclusive learning environment that promotes acceptance of differences and individualized curriculum and instruction using art and technology integration and project based learning – designed with the child’s learning styles in mind.
As a charter school, we can give teachers the freedom to innovate and try new ways to improve student achievement and create an environment tailored to the needs of individual students, while still being held accountable for student learning. At UCP Charter schools we are able to make changes more quickly in general than traditional public school to help make sure students are learning.
What are the funding sources for education programs and school at UCP?
- Early Steps for children birth to 3 with special needs
- 4C/School Readiness funding for children under age 5 Free Voluntary PreK (VPK) for children age 4 (entering Kindergarten next year)
- Tuition Free charter school funding for children with an IFSP or IEP (infants to age 21)
- Tuition Free Charter School funding for children without disabilities – Kindergarten – 5th grade
- McKay Scholarship – for Middle/High School Students with disabilities
- Private pay accepted
What therapies are offered at UCP?
- Physical, speech/language and occupational therapy.
- A trans-disciplinary approach to intervention.
- Music therapy and behavioral therapies.
What therapy services are offered at UCP?
- Developmental Screenings
- Hearing Screenings
- Wheelchair Clinics (Fitting and Customization)
- Serial Casting and post casting maintenance/rehabilitation
- Upper/Lower Extremity Splinting
- Augmentative/Alternative Communication Assessments
- Parent Education (i.e., Hanen training, individualized home programs). Appointments available throughout the day Dedicated to working closely with parents, physicians, teachers and other professionals.
- Comprehensive plans established to meet child & family needs.
What payment does UCP accept for therapy?
- Commercial Insurance (Currently accept Blue Cross, United Healthcare, CIGNA)
- Medicaid, ATA, Wellcare, Staywell, Children’s Medical Services (CMS), Sunshine, Aetna, Ameri-Ben, Amerigroup, Assurant, Golden Rule, Prestige, Principal, Tri-Care south, Freedom and Clear Health Alliance.
- Early Steps
- Private Pay
- UCP also provides therapy as part of the child’s IFSP/IEP if enrolled in our charter school program
- UCP works closely with our families to assist in obtaining funding for services. Please contact our Family Service Campus Manager for assistance
Who are the children who benefit most from the therapy services that UCP provides?
- Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)
- Dyspraxia / Motor Incoordination
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Autism / Pervasive Development Disorder
- Developmental Delay
- Learning Disabilities
- Hypotonia /Hypertonicity
- Central Auditory Processing Disorder
- Down Syndrome
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder / Difficult Behaviors
- Cerebral Palsy
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Stroke / Hemiparesis
- Brain Injuries