Giving Children a Special Place
Baptist Health provides funding to many area organizations that also support the health and well-being of children. Here, we share a story of one of those partners – DLC (Developmental Learning Center) Nurse and Learn – a unique day care center that serves children with moderate to severe disabilities from birth to age 22.
Since Marian learned that her granddaughter, Kayden, has cerebral palsy, she has become her full-time caregiver.
“My daughter is in a situation where she can’t take care of Kayden,” Marian says. “It’s like the car bumper stickers that say ‘If I could have been a grandparent first, I would have.’ Kayden has been a great joy to me. I would not change it for anything.”
Marian’s story might be different, if not for DLC Nurse and Learn. Baptist Health helps fund the center’s nursing staff, which provides the children with specialized care each day, including physical and occupational therapy. This support frees up other money that DLC uses to provide scholarships.
“Many families are challenged to afford medical care, therapy, equipment and everything else that is needed for their child’s development,” says Amy Buggle, executive director and founder of DLC. “More than half of the children attending DLC are from low-income families, and so it’s important for those parents to have the freedom to go back to school or work during the day, while their children are in our care.”
DLC Nurse and Learn is an inclusion school, so Kayden’s class includes children without disabilities. As classmates play, sing, and learn, the special-needs children receive nursing care and therapy in the midst of normal daycare activities.
“The staff understands each child’s needs, so they work with Kayden after a nap and when she’s at her best,” Marian says. “Before DLC, we’d run all over town to appointments. Now, I can go back to work knowing that she is receiving the care she needs in an environment that helps her learn and grow.”
Wolfson Children’s Hospital President Michael Aubin adds, “Our nursing staff refer children and families to DLC throughout the year. They are an invaluable community resource for Wolfson Children’s Hospital and true partners in child health.”