College of Education

Special Education Assists in UCCS Break Time for Parents

March 1, 2010

The UCCS Family Development Center on February 27 hosted a event and dinner for special needs parents called Break Time.

Twenty-five children showed up for Saturday’s Break Time, 12 with disabilities and 13 siblings, ranging in age from 20 months to 18 years

Break Time is a collaborative effort to provide affordable respite care to families raising children with special need and their siblings; to prepare college students, entering the field of education, to better serve children with special needs and their families; and to strengthen community partners serving families of children with special needs.

Once a month, children with special needs and their siblings may attend a 5 hour Break Time session, housed at the UCCS Family Development Center, to give their parents or caregivers a Saturday evening out. UCCS education students oversee the evening of fun and gain experience and field experience credit for an education class. A group of professionals including a UCCS education professor, a registered nurse, and a behavior specialist are all on hand to help with the evening.

UCCS College of Education partners with The Resource Exchange and El Paso County Department of Health and Environment to offer the Break Time program, with the support of a United Way grant.