Childcare Resources

 

The Child Development Research Center

Completed in the summer of 2005, is dedicated to being a leader in the study of young children.  The CDRC is a state-of-the-art, 64,000 sq-ft research facility equipped with the latest multi-media research technology, 7 large research suites, and 8 research rooms.  The CDRC also has 10 children’s classrooms, complete with research and observation booths and access to a playground, which accommodate an on-site children’s program.  The Children’s Program is a laboratory school that enrolls students ages 0 – 5 yrs.  In addition the CDRC houses Child Development Resources, which helps families across the state of Alabama, provide a safe, loving, and enriching life for their young children.

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The RISE Program

The RISE program is designed to serve both young children with physical disabilities from birth to five years of age and to provide family-centered services designed to meet individualized needs of all young children and families. RISE also provides a blend of educational therapy services within the context of a developmentally appropriate curriculum and prepares children for the transition to the next educational environment.

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Parenting Assistance Line

Parenting can be tough.  All parents have times of frustration or stress over the difficulties of raising a child.  The University of Alabama Child Development Resources and Alabama Children’s Trust Fund have partnered to provide a Parenting Assistance Line that can be reached at (866) 962-3030.  Parenting resource specialists are available to listen and offer helpful information and support Monday through Friday from 8am to 8pm.  Messages can be left at any time.  Callers can also request literature about their specific parenting concerns and ask for a comprehensive list of local childcare centers.  Calls are free and confidential.

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Parent Resource Library

Located in the Child Development Resource Center, the parent resource library has many excellent books, videos, music, parent-child activity kits, and age specific toy totes that are available for checkout. You can also call 348-2232 for more information.

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The University of Alabama’s Speech and Hearing Center

UA’s Speech and Hearing Center offers a variety of services for children and adults.  Some of their services include:  counseling, speech and language evaluations, speech and language therapy for children and adults, a full range of hearing evaluations, computerized hearing-aid fitting, dispensing, and repair.  The Speech and Hearing Center can be contacted at (205) 348-7131.

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UA Psychology Clinic

Located in the McMillan Building, the UA Psychology Clinic is a mental health clinic that provides a broad range of diagnostic, intervention, and supportive services.

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UA Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinic

The clinic provides support to individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder as well as professionals in West Alabama through clinical services, research and professional training.

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UA Capstone Family Therapy Clinic

The UA Capstone family Therapy Clinic provides our community with help in resolving personal problems. They work with individuals, couples, and families in clarifying issues, exploring options, and finding solutions to your problems.

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Community Music School and Kindermusic Program

The outreach program of the School of Music is located in the Moody Music Building.  Students of all ages and abilities are invited to participate in events designed to enrich quality of life through exposure and study of the arts. Classes, lessons, and ensembles are offered year round. The CMS also offers a thriving Kindermusik program, which introduces the foundations of music to infants and young children. Sign-up for a free, one-time, introductory Kindermusik class by calling 348-6741 or contacting Dr. Jane Weigel, program coordinator, at jweigel@music.ua.edu.

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Big Al’s Kid’s Club

Sign-up your children to be a part of Big Al’s Kid’s Club and, as members, your children will receive a Big Al’s Kids Club T-Shirt, a Big Al’s Kids Club Membership Card, a signed photo from Big Al, a birthday card from Big Al, a cookie coupon to McAlister’s Deli, invitations to exclusive events for Big Al’s Kids Club Members, and FREE admission to select Alabama Athletic Events. Roll Tide!

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UA’s Flexible Spending Account

The University of Alabama’s Flexible Spending Account program for dependent care provides University employees the opportunity to create a pre-tax account to help pay for dependent care expenses.  The program is administered through FlexCorp.

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