The grant will fund the formation of a "Tots and Tikes Social Readiness Group” that will specifically support Perry County children ages one and two who are experiencing or at risk for developmental delays.
Through this program, UCP looks to provide a social environment in the rural community with access to professionals including physical therapists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, educators, nutrition specialists, and other key community resources. The goal is to serve 8-10 children and their families over a 10-week period.
UCP’s EI therapists encourage independence in everyday life for children from birth to age three by:
Identifying and developing each child’s individual strengths
Providing learning opportunities through playful interaction and engagement
in daily routines
Focusing on social readiness to prepare children for kindergarten
Helping children and families develop supportive, lasting relationships