Alternative Education Program

Mission:  The LeafBridge Access Center for Education fulfills the mission of UCP by empowering students with tools that foster independence and productivity, striving towards inclusion within the school community. 

Vision:  The vision is for all students to have equitable access to the general education curriculum.

Program Philosophy:  Every student has a unique learning style and is entitled to a highly personalized and holistic education. Optimal learning happens with collaborative planning by a highly skilled team including teachers, therapists, educational assistants and specialists. We seek to develop critical skills for fundamental access and participation while honoring the varying needs of each student. Our program specializes in serving students who historically cannot access curriculum due to underdeveloped skills in communication, movement, self-regulation or learning. We nurture strengths and bridge learning gaps using assistive technology and specialized instruction. LeafBridge pursues continuous momentum towards inclusion, creating a partnership with schools, families and your community.

Description:  This alternative education program is for students, from preschool up to age 22, with complex learning, medical and/or motor needs who are struggling to progress and learn. Students participate in highly personalized programs centered around their unique learning needs. 

Program Services:  The LeafBridge team provides Specialized Instruction, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy and Assistive Technology Services. Other needed specialized services should be discussed during the intake process. 

Location:  This program takes place at our Wolstein Center located at the corner of Euclid Avenue and East 101st Street. Community-based learning occurs throughout the Cleveland area according to a student’s needs.

Program Schedule:  Regular school year services occur from late August through late May, Monday through Thursday from 9:00am to 2:30pm, with scheduled breaks throughout the school year. Extended School Year services are also available.

Inquiries:  To inquire about services for your child, please contact Children and Family Services Manager Celia Chesnick at (216) 791-8363, ext. 1260 or cchesnick@ucpcleveland.org.