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 (POPSkids.org), 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



Memories of Silverado!


Southern Wine and Spirit’s Golf Tournament at Silverado Resort and Spa fundraises for POPS Kids each year, and what a great thing it is that they do! This year we had a magnificent time.  Join us in remembering some of the great moments in July at Silverado!

Our POPS Kids’ team was able to invite some special guests from Boost Camp! Some of these kids have been part of the POPS kids family for many years, and will stay in our funded programs for years to come. We were happy to welcome their parents as well, and celebrate all of their successes.

Lifehouse starts new program!

In 2013, education leaders in California developed a “Task Force on Special Education” to identify barriers faced by students with disabilities and submitted recommendations to make the school system work for students of all abilities. One proposal in closing the performance gap is early childhood education. Research has consistently confirmed that children who have quality care and early education realize important gains in language and social-emotional cognitive development. For children with disabilities, it is even more crucial, as early intervention and education can identify developmental delays at a young age. To promote an environment that enables children of all abilities to flourish, the Task Force envisioned a setting where general education and special education programs work together as one system. Under this inclusive system, students with disabilities will learn, play, and interact in classrooms alongside their general education peers.

Following these recommendations, Lifehouse and our partners, the Marin County Office of Education and Dominican University, will open an inclusive preschool in Marin County. Mary Jane Burke, the Marin County Superintendent of Schools, is “thrilled about this opportunity to offer a positive, enriching preschool experience for children with and without disabilities. It is our hope that this will develop into a best practices model and potentially become available to all children. Research has shown that children with disabilities show greater academic and social growth when they are in a welcoming, inclusive environment. Moreover, children with and without disabilities will benefit from even greater opportunities for teacher collaboration, social skill development, and diversity within the classroom setting”. After many months of collaboration and planning, we are excited to announce that the inauguration of our inclusive preschool, Great Expectations, is set for the Fall of 2018. As it is the Lifehouse mission to provide services to enable each individual regardless of disability to live a full life and to be integrated into the community, the preschool will be a great opportunity to begin the process of positive socialization and academic readiness for young children with disabilities. Ultimately, our goals are to show how inclusiveness is beneficial for all parties involved and serve as a model for future inclusive preschool classrooms both in Marin County and nationwide.

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