Childcare Enhancement with a Purpose

Childcare Enhancement with a Purpose (CCEP), is a state-wide quality enhancement training initiative for childcare settings funded by the Alabama Department of Human Resources. Realizing that only a limited number of children would benefit from Hand In Hand’s inclusive early learning program, CCEP was implemented in 2002 to offer free training, consultation, and onsite technical assistance to community childcare teachers.  

How Childcare Enhancement with a Purpose Training Works

CCEP Training occurs at over 40 facilities throughout the service area each year, greatly enhancing childcare opportunities for children of all abilities. CCEP utilizes experienced developmental specialists to share simple, practical ways to work with and includes children with special needs in childcare settings.

Our training focuses on understanding typical development and developmentally appropriate practices. As a result, we are able to impact the care of all children with and without disabilities. The impact of our training has raised awareness for early identification of children at risk for developmental delays.

Benefits of Childcare Enhancement with a Purpose Training


Our CCEP Training provides free onsite training, consultation and technical assistance to childcare providers and parents to create an inclusive classroom environment for children with special needs. Participants will learn:

  • To become aware of the benefits of including children with special needs
  • To enhance the skills of childcare teachers and other professionals
  • To become more knowledgeable about developmentally appropriate practices presented by experienced early childhood teachers and therapist
  • To be able to identify possible areas of concern in a child’s development
  • To learn how to find and utilize resources in your area

This program offers:


  • A curriculum with a multidisciplinary approach which utilizes developmentally appropriate practices.
  • Educational kits.
  • Clock-hour credit approved by the Department of Human Resources.
  • Onsite consultation and technical assistance.
  • Other resources for assistance.
  • Choose to Include
  • Quarterly Newsletters

For more information about CCEP contact United Ability at (205) 944-3969 or email Project Coordinator, Kelli Gerchow or Meredith Bishop. 


First 5 Alabama




The mission of First 5 Alabama is to enhance healthy attachment relationships between children birth to age five and adults who care for them through promotion, prevention, and intervention supports throughout Alabama’s early childhood system. First 5 Alabama Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant, in partnership with United Ability, is located at Hand in Hand Early Learning Program.

Funded by First 5 Alabama/Alabama Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health

Get In Touch

For more information about First 5 Alamama, contact United Ability at (205) 944-3968 or email Taungela Sledge or Ebone Owens.


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