UCP Heartland’s mission is to provide the highest quality of programs, services and supports while advancing the independence, productivity and full citizenship of individuals with disabilities.

The UCP Heartland Child Development Center in Columbia, Missouri is committed to bringing high-quality, state-of-the-art early care and education to children of all abilities.  Early childhood professionals educate children in a loving environment with low adult-to-child ratios to ensure that every child receives individualized attention to help prepare them for kindergarten.

We provide ongoing training/professional development for care givers; low adult-to-child ratios; developmentally appropriate learning activities; and top-quality facilities that meet or exceed industry standards.

As a non-profit organization, UCP Heartland Child Development Center provides high-quality services at costs that are affordable for all families.

Diversity is valued and celebrated. Children with disabilities (35%) learn from their typically developing peers (65%) in this rich environment that develops a strong sense of acceptance and understanding of differences.  Children from a variety of socio-economic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds and with varying abilities attend UCP Heartland Child Development Center.

UCP Heartland’s “learning by doing” philosophy is based on the latest research developed by Creative Curriculum about how children learn.  This approach meets the unique needs of every child and allows children to learn and grow at different levels.  Knowledgeable and compassionate teachers work together in teams to foster each child’s progress.  Children with special needs are provided specialized services and assistance to ensure their inclusion in the classroom.