DLC Nurse & Learn is an inclusion nonprofit child care center for children of all abilities, with and without developmental delays, where each child is taught at their own pace.

About DLC

Mission

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.

Vision

Our vision is to serve all children in Jacksonville that need our services, regardless of their families’ ability to pay. In the future we hope to have DLC programs in all areas of Jacksonville to be more accessible to all children with special needs.

Philosophy

DLC Nurse & Learn is a special education school dedicated to meeting all the needs of special needs children in a Christian, loving atmosphere. Our program is based upon the idea that children with handicaps are children first and their potential is ours to discover. We strive to help each child reach this potential by providing normalized activities geared toward individual skill levels. We believe this is best done when therapies are incorporated into daily activities. At DLC, our attitude gives your child the opportunity to say “Yes, I can!”

History

Where it all began…
As a special education teacher in the Jacksonville, Florida public school system, Amy Buggle chaired a committee to find services for children with handicaps. She found that day care was simply not available for children with moderate to severe handicaps. With the help of the Murray Hill United Methodist Church, she left her secure teaching position and founded DLC Nurse & Learn, offering special education services, physical therapy and extended day care for children of all abilities.

Amy Buggle thru her years at DLC

As more needs were identified as not being met in the community, Amy added more services. Children with medically complex situations were not allowed in the existing special needs programs, so DLC hired a registered nurse and medical assistants. Those children who were previously denied could now attend school and socialize with other children. This allowed the parents of these children who were forced to stay at home, some on welfare, the opportunity to attend high school, college or to work while their child was in a safe and productive environment.

Since 1989, the center has served students with special needs, from birth to 22 years of age. Children from birth to 6 years may attend a full day preschool program and students’ ages 3-21 may also attend before/after school for educational activities, therapy and medical care. Any child with a disability or medical problem, which prevents them from attending regular day care or other developmental preschools, is eligible for service. The children have a variety of disabilities including cerebral palsy, microcephaly, anencephaly, Down Syndrome, Arthrogriposis, tuberous sclerosis, Taisacs disease, tracheostomy, gastronomy tube, seizure disorders, open kidneys, etc.

DLC now provides full-time nursing care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and vision therapy. DLC has a volunteer program serving troubled youth, which allows them to fulfill community service hours and learn valuable lessons working one-on-one with disabled children. Many other youth also volunteer after school, on holidays and during the summer.

In 2019, DLC celebrated 30 years of Miracles and Hope for serving the Jacksonville community and continuing to help special needs families. Mrs. Buggle retired in December 2019 to spend more time with her mom, husband, grandchildren, family and friends. Amy passed the reigns to Heather Corey, who officially took over January 2020.

Board of Directors

Aaron Logue
Aaron Logue

President, City & Police Federal Credit Union

Kevin Kuzel
Kevin Kuzel

Vice President, Retired Civil Services

Tracy Crissman
Tracy Crissman

Treasurer, Retired Civil Service

Christela Amonkou
Christela Amonkou

Secretary, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Florida Network Realty

Board Members

  • Evelyn Box Retired Teacher
  • Chris Gabbard University of North Florida
  • Rev. Haley Eccles Campus to City Wesley Foundation
  • Rev. Silas M’Mworia Murray Hill United Methodist Church
  • Aaron Noles Prudential
  • Debbie Ocana George R Hentschel CPA, P.A.
  • Eileen Phelps Retired Nurse
  • Thomas Woodard Retired Technology Services

Staff Leadership

  • Heather Corey
    Heather Corey, Chief Executive Officer
    Chief Executive Officer, BA in Business Administration; nearly 20 years in nonprofit industry, over 15 in Senior Management, Certified Fund Raising Expert Certification (CFRE). Employed at DLC since February 2019.
  • Carol Reaves
    Carol Reaves, Director of Therapy & Occupational Therapist
    Licensed Occupational Therapist with a BS Degree in Education from Florida A & M University; Masters in Occupational Therapy from Texas Women’s University; Worked with disabled children since 1984; Employed with DLC Nurse & Learn since 2000.
  • April Saltford
    April Saltford, Administrative Director
    Administrative Director; Certified in Billing and Coding from the University of North Florida; and Certified in Microsoft Word and Excel from FSCJ. AA degree in Accounting through University of Phoenix. Employed with DLC since 2003.
  • Annalaura Scott
    Annalaura Scott, CNA, Program Director
    Program Director, CDA in Early Childhood; has worked with disabled children and employed with DLC since 2011. Has kept current Florida Child Care Director’s License as well as a Florida Certified Nursing Assistant License.
  • Sue Molina
    Sue Molina, RN, Director of Nursing
    Registered Nurse, BS Degree in Nursing from the Chamberlain College of Nursing for over 8 years; Employed with DLC Nurse & Learn since 2019.
  • Julie Roziers
    Julie Roziers, Program Director Therapy & Care
    Program Director at DLC Therapy and Care. BA Degree from University of Florida/University of North Florida, Certified in Early Childhood, Intellectual Disabilities, and Specific Learning Disabilities, Has taught for 36 years, with 34 years at Mt. Herman E.S.C. Employed at DLC since 2017.
  • Ashley Dallis
    Ashley Dallis, Assistant Program Director
    Assistant Program Director with a Master’s in Psychology from the University of Phoenix and a BA in Psychology from University of North Florida; obtained Childcare Management Director’s Credentials in 2018. Employed with DCL since 2005.
  • Karen Leslie
    Karen Leslie, Program Manager Therapy & Care
    Assistant Program Director at DLC Therapy and Care, Associate of Arts, Paraprofessional at Pinedale Elementary School since 1999. Employed with DLC since 2003.
  • Elisabeth Goodrich
    Elizabeth Goodrich, CNA, Operations Manager
    Operations Manager, Associates Degree from FSCJ, Child Development Associate Credentials and Director’s Credentials. Employed with DLC since 2013.
  • Debbie Kozloski
    Debbie Kozloski, Physical Therapy Assistant
    Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant, AS in Physical Therapy from St. Petersburg Junior College. Employed with DLC since 2007. Has worked in the Physical Therapy field for 40+ years.
  • Mary Trotter
    Mary Trotter, Educational Specialist
    LEducational Specialist with a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a Bachelor's degree in Special Education, specializing in ages birth to eight; Employed with DLC Nurse & Learn since 2019.

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