A Place at the Table

Miss Aaliyah worked swiftly and calmly, unpacking lunch boxes for a class of hungry preschoolers at DLC Nurse & Learn in her role as a teacher assistant. The students were sitting patiently, joyfully, wiping down the table as they waited for lunch.  A glance around the table revealed children of all abilities and backgrounds– those with intellectual and developmental differences and those typically developing, children with one parent homes, two parent homes, and foster homes — none of it relevant to the task at hand. Lunch with friends.

Miss Aailyah’s thoughts wandered for a moment to the adjacent classrooms where her two sons would soon be eating their lunches. Miss Aailyah was adopted as a child, an experience that left a powerful imprint on her heart and conceived the desire to adopt children of her own one day. That day finally arrived when a little boy in foster care entered her classroom.  She fell in love with him, found out he had a baby brother, and knew that they were the ones who were born in her heart long ago. Today she continues to help them reach developmental milestones, not just as a teacher assistant, but as their mother.

The preschoolers at DLC Nurse & Learn play and learn in a unique connectable community. Just like Miss Aailyah, these students will carry into adulthood experiences and knowledge imprinted on their little hearts. They will know — among many things — that we all have a place at the table.

DLC Nurse & Learn provides year-round high quality education, nursing care, and therapies to children of all abilities so that children and families have the opportunity to reach their maximum potential, this includes a preschool program as well as a before/afterschool program for students up to 22 years of age.

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