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Blossom Philadelphia (Formerly UCP Philadelphia)
Blossom Philadelphia, formerly United Cerebral Palsy of Philadelphia, helps people with disabilities create the life they want to live.
Best Friends Daycare
The mission of Blossom Philadelphia/Best Friends is to provide an opportunity for children with and without disabilities to play and learn together in a high quality early childhood program, in which staff are supported, families are nurtured and children are happy. Blossom Philadelphia/Best Friends Daycare Program is a developmental learning center serving children of all abilities from 3 months to 6 years of age providing high quality care through a caring and nurturing environment. We are committed to responding to the developing needs of children and meeting the special needs of all children.
Blossom Philadelphia’s Early Intervention (EI) Program provides supports, services, and consultation to families, caregivers, and children birth to five years old who qualify for early intervention services. Early intervention services may include occupational, physical, and speech therapy, as well as special instruction and social work for children who receive an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) or Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP).
Home and Community Program
Blossom Philadelphia’s Home-Based Program provides services to children from birth to three years old residing in Montgomery Counties. Children and their families are given direct therapy and consultation in their homes or private child care programs. The goal of the Home-Based Program is to help families and caregivers support a child’s development in all areas through daily routines, such as dressing and mealtimes. Teachers and therapists provide strategies for caregivers to use throughout the day to improve each child’s communication, motor skills, problem solving abilities and socialization. Information about resources available in the community are provided to families. Blossom Philadelphia staff work closely with service coordinators to continually evaluate each child’s program to be sure it is meeting the needs of both the child and family.
Our program is licensed by the Department of Public Welfare and has achieved 3 Star Status through Keystone Stars, a Pennsylvania Quality Initiative. Best Friends is proud to be a partner with the Philadelphia School District to provide Pre-K Counts programming.