Thank you Sky Ranch Foundation!

A huge thank you to Sky Ranch Foundation for their generous grant of $30,000 for POPS Kids! POPS was founded in 1993 to serve those in the community who were unable to receive aid from traditional sources. We began simply by helping one little girl with cerebral palsy, whose family was unable to receive necessary aid from mainstream community agencies. Our original mission was to provide the assistance other agencies would not. Since 1993 we have offered the Referral Service Program and the Family Assistance Program. In 1996 we established a third program, the Conductive Education Program, and we have found that this is where our community needs us the most.

Molly, the girl who inspired us all!

Since 1996 POPS Kids has been using conductive education to teach children with motor disabilities at a young age. Conductive education is a system of teaching and learning that enables children (and adults) with motor disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, to function more independently. Developed at the Peto Institute in Hungary over 50 years ago, this system motivates and empowers individuals with motor disabilities to find their own solutions to daily living problems. The success of the ongoing CE Programs provided proof that conductive education can build self esteem, independence and physical stamina in children with motor disabilities.

POPS is dedicated to the continued advancement of conductive education in California and the Nation. Our hope, that in our role as the fund raising entity and source of support for conductive education we can, in the not too distant future, offer tuition free classes in all of our affiliated teaching centers. This generous grant from Sky Ranch Foundation allows us to keep these children learning, growing, and succeeding in their lives. Truly creating a life without limits.

Mike Donohoe with Jack Brennan and Ursula Miller

For over six decades the Sky Ranch Foundation’s SKY RANCH FOR BOYS® has been assisting young people rehabilitate their lives for the better. Sky Ranch Foundation is committed to giving at-risk youth a second chance. POPS kids is more than honored to be a grant recipient of Sky Ranch Foundation in order to provide Conductive Education and opportunities for children with Motor Disabilities.

Thank you Sky Ranch Foundation for all your support!
UCPNB’s programs to support children with Cerebral Palsy

An interview with Tanya Sheckley, founder of UP Academy!

Tanya Sheckley, founder of UP Academy, talks about creating possibilities and closing the expectation gap. 

“The blocks of life were already stacked against her, we needed an environment where she could be fully supported to do her best,” Sheckley writes. 

Read about Tanya’s inspirational story and what motivated her to be part of the change!

Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month!

United Cerebral Palsy of the North Bay had the pleasure to welcome ten St. Vincent High school students and their wonderful teacher to their programs: Cypress School and BOOST! They spent the whole day together bike riding, creating a beautiful art project, playing and dancing. Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month is a time to learn about each other and learn about what Cerebral Palsy is, how certain motor enriched programs can benefit students with CP, and most importantly to have fun together. Thank you for sharing March with UCPNB and learning from each other!  💚 Happy Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month 💚

Fun at the new Up Academy

About Up Academy in San Mateo:

Our mission is to produce successful, independent children capable of reaching their ultimate potential. UP Academy will cultivate a generation of creative, curious, free thinking, problem solvers through an education that embraces differing abilities.

Our neuro-development program will transform inclusion education with an integrated therapeutic method that views both life skills and academic achievement with equal value.

UCPNB opens Gone for Good facility in Fairfield

UCPNB opens GONE for GOOD facility in Fairfield, CA. Gone for Good, a social enterprise of UCP of the North Bay, provides employment opportunities for people with disabilities.  Gone for Good’s primary services are secure document destruction, eWaste deconstruction, document imaging, printing, and mailing. We at POPS Kids love seeing new opportunities for employment for all our graduates! Thank you UCPNB!

Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening of GONE for GOOD Fairfield

Thank you Sky Ranch Foundation!

A huge thank you to our dear friends at Sky Ranch Foundation. POPS Kids is honored to receive this grant and we look forward to putting it to good use to nourish families and children with Cerebral Palsy. It is our hope that no child falls through the cracks! It truly has been a splendid 25 years!


Sky Ranch Foundation:

June 2018

Sky Ranch Foundation℠, now in our 58th year, continues to support our nation’s at-risk youth on behalf of the Beverage Alcohol Industry.

Grants have been awarded to the Woodside, CA-based Peninsula Outreach Programs (, now in its 25th year. POPSKids was founded in 1993 by President and CEO Ursula Miller to serve those in the community who were unable to receive aid from traditional sources. The Family Assistance Program and the Referral Service Program provided a valuable safety net for those “falling through the cracks”. However, it was their Conductive Education Program, added to POPS in 1995, that filled the greatest and most immediate need.

Ursula Miller, President & CEO-POPSKids flanked by Tom Shaker-Executive Director POPSKids and Mike Donohoe Vice President Board Member Sky Ranch Foundation

“The Foundation and others in the Beverage Alcohol Industry, including Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, BevMo, proudly supports this deserving organization,” said Foundation President Ralph Aguera.  “We have witnessed, countless times, the results of our grants by the copious amount of beaming smiles on these kids’ faces.  It’s truly heart-warming, noted Foundation Vice President Mike Donohoe.

Sky Ranch Foundation sponsored a hole at POPSKids annual Golf Outing