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Community News Volume 2 Sponsored by United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona


Circle K Employees, Customers, and Business Partners Raise Over $5.3 Million for United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona, United Cerebral Palsy of Southern Arizona and Opportunity Village


Through fundraising efforts at local stores and events throughout the State of Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada, Circle K employees, customers and vendors generously helped raise over $5.3 million for UCP of Central and Southern Arizona, and Opportunity Village in Las Vegas, Nevada.


The funds donated support the


organizations’ mission to help children and adults with disabilities including Down syndrome, autism, developmental delays, learning disabilities, and cerebral palsy. Donations are collected every day as Circle K employees ask customers to donate their extra change at the register to benefit families and children with disabilities. In addition, Circle K business partners participating in the Aces High and Desert Klassic golf tournaments result in additional funding for UCP of Central Arizona’s important mission.


UCP would like to acknowledge


Circle K for its extraordinary efforts in supporting UCP and its families. “Circle K promotes a culture that is deeply rooted in corporate responsibility, giving back to the community and making a positive difference in the lives of others,”


UCP recognizes Paul Rodriguez, Circle K Vice President of Operations Arizona, for his leadership and vision as well as the extraordinary efforts by Karla Garsha on the Circle K team and Sandra Davis, Corporate Relations Manager at UCP, as they bring about hope and make life without limits a reality to the many we serve. In like manner, we commend the passion and drive of the Circle K employees, and the generosity of their customers and business partners, which make it possible to provide comprehensive therapy and other services to children as they speak their first words, take their first step, and give a loved one a hug for the first time,” he added.


You can donate at any Circle K store or online at www.ucpofcentralaz.org/give-now


said Armando Contreras, CEO of United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona. “UCP has been working in collaboration with Circle K for over 30 years, and with their help, thousands of children, adults and families have received the essential services they


desperately need. Furthermore,


“Our record contribution level this past year is testament to the caring and generous community spirit of everyone we have the great privilege to employ and serve,” said Paul Rodriguez, Vice President of the Arizona Division of Circle K.


“Our


30 year partnership speaks not just to the sincerity of the effort but also to the good and important work being done by UCP. Breakthroughs happen every day at the Dozer Center that our employees have the honor to witness and participate in. It lends See Circle K


Cont’ on page 4 WHAT’S INSIDE


In this edition of the Community News look for important news and information about UCP Services:


Page 2


- Featured Story: Your Growing Child - Benchmarks & Tips


Page 3 - Training and Trust Leads to Success


- Employee Spotlight: Hiroko Perry


Page 4 - Volunteer Spotlight: Christina Sanchez


- UCP Ambassador Spotlight: Candice Taylor


- Grants Support UCP - Upcoming Events


- Employment Opportunities


Important Contact Information: - UCP Mainline: 602-943-5472 - UCP Toll-Free: 1-888-943-5472 - Early Intervention Referrals - Online: www.azdes.gov/azeip - By Phone: 602-635-9799 - Email: Azeip.info@raisingspecialkids.org


Education Starts Before Kindergarten!


Early learning Central Arizona


For more information on UCP of Central Arizona, please contact: 602-943-5472 or Info@ucpofcentralaz.org.


www.ucpofcentralaz.org/give-now UCPofAZ


prepares children with


language, art, math and science skills through play and activities. Children who are exposed to learning environments such as our Early Learning Center experience many opportunities


to become “school


ready.” Children discover that learning is fun!


Children begin to grow and learn by UCP of Central Arizona


their surroundings from birth. Whether they are typically developing, experience developmental delays or a disability, each child benefits from a quality childcare and educational program such as our Early Learning Center. We are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) which means that we have quality teachers, curriculum and maintain the highest standards in our Early Learning Center. We also offer lower teacher to child ratios to ensure individualized


attention in an inclusive


setting. Our inclusive program is very special because it provides an environment that is open to all children including those with learning and physical disabilities along with typically developing children. This helps build a community where children are exposed to members of the community that might not look physically the same, or learn differently, and learn to love and respect everyone and their differences.


Beginning at the infant level, our teachers interact and monitor babies for development including situations that may create concern and require intervention or


awareness for the parents. When concerns are noted, parents are informed and UCP is fortunate to have therapists on staff to assist. In addition, it is common for our therapists to visit our Early Learning Center and provide suggestions to our teachers, continually enhancing our services and support to each family.


Our one year old children begin to learn to


hold and use crayons, continue developing socialization skills and have a structured environment for learning. Through every age and stage of child development, we seek to create a positive experience and education in preparation for kindergarten. As children progress through each class, we see healthy relationships develop between the child, their parents, and the caregivers. The relationships built with the families that entrust the care of their children to our educators are the root of a successful educational journey. Our structured days


See Early Learning Cont’ on page 3


UCP of Central Arizona 1802 W. Parkside Lane Phoenix, AZ 85027


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