>Craven Cherry Point Child Development Center Joins Easter Seals UCP

>Havelock, NC – Craven Cherry Point Child Development Center in Havelock, NC is joining forces with Easter Seals UCP North Carolina & Virginia to provide greater services to the Craven-Cherry Point area. The Craven Cherry Point Development Center, a private, four-star, non-profit program, has been providing education and developmental training to young children with and without special needs since 1974. The Center’s home and community-based services are available to children and families from Craven, Carteret, Pamlico, Onslow and a portion of Jones Counties. Current services provided include Developmental Day pre-school services, Developmental Day childcare and community-based Occupational Therapy.

Easter Seals UCP operates nine five-star Early Childhood Education Centers across the state and has a long-held tradition of providing children with early intervention, education and therapeutic services. Board members from Craven Cherry Point Children’s Center and Easter Seals UCP expect the union of the two organizations to expand and enhance supports that are available to area children with special needs and their families. “I have had the pleasure and honor of serving on the Craven Cherry Point Child Development Center board for almost two years.” said Megan McGarvey, Director of Public Relations for CarolinaEast Health System. “I am continually amazed and impressed with what the center is able to do for these very special children. I am confident the association with Easter Seals UCP will not only continue but advance services to children and others in need in our very underserved region.”

“We are very pleased to welcome the Craven Cherry Point Child Development Center Board, staff, families and community partners to the Easter Seals UCP family.” said Connie L. Cochran, CEO and President of Easter Seals UCP.” We are very much looking forward to continuing and expanding the outstanding services and supports that have been provided over the years by the dedicated staff and volunteers that are associated with the Center.”

Rob Hollister, President of the Craven Cherry Point Center Board of Directors, added “Since 1974 the Craven Cherry Point Child Development Center (CCPCDC) and the local community have relied on each other for support. Far too many individuals, and community organizations, to mention have always pulled thru during the centers time of need. Wallets were opened, and time was donated in order to keep the center open for the benefit of local children with disabilities. This new partnership between the CCPCDC and Easter Seals UCP only serves to strengthen the bond between the Center and our community, and allows us all to help children with disabilities for another 34 years and beyond.”

About Easter Seals UCP North Carolina & Virginia
Headquartered in Raleigh, NC with programs and services throughout North Carolina and Virginia, Easter Seals UCP is a lifelong partner to families managing disabilities and mental health challenges. The nonprofit serves more than 20,000 individuals and their families annually through an array of services. Easter Seals UCP enhances the quality of life for individuals and maximizes their potential for engaging in their communities. For more information on Easter Seals UCP North Carolina & Virginia, please visit www.eastersealsucp.com.

For more information, please contact: Barb Krcmar, Craven Cherry Point Children’s Center, 252-447-3892 or send her an email

Submitted by: Jane Phillips, Communications Director, Easter Seals UCP North Carolina & Virginia, 5171 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27612-3266, 919-865-8724