Giving to the College of Education and Public Service
Goal 2: Increase endowment for the Paul C. Reinert, S.J., Clinics for Family and Child Development ($2 million)
The College is seeking an endowment to support its clinics. The Early Childhood Learning Center, The Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, and The Special Learning Clinic in the College of Education and Public Service offer services to those who do not have the words or the voice to be heard. At the same time, Saint Louis University students are also enriched as they learn the positive impact of serving and supporting people in need. The clinics operate under the umbrella of the Paul C. Reinert, S.J., Clinics for Family and Child Development. The clinics exemplify the vision of Father Paul Reinert, late President of Saint Louis University, to "…prepare students for the real world and give them a sense of obligation to not avoid problems, but to find solutions for them. Not only competence, but conscience."
The College seeks to raise an endowment of $2 million to support the work of the clinics and to extend their outreach to people unable to provide the full cost of services. The College has already received an anonymous donation of $1 million toward this endowment.
Nancy Foster is a parent with not one, but two "success" stories from the Paul C. Reinert, S.J., Clinics for Family and Child Development. Her oldest daughter, Anais ("Annie") Winkler attended summer speech camps run by the Early Childhood Learning Center, one of four clinics housed within the College of Education and Public Service. Annie, now 10, was born with cerebral palsy and her speech is only 40 percent intelligible to strangers. But during the three-week summer camp experience that linked speech development with a multitude of games and songs on the College's playground and runs through the campus fountains, her mother recalled that Annie couldn't keep from talking about her day all the way home. Foster excitedly declared, "It was the best thing we ever did for her. She made a huge jump in progress."
So huge, Foster did not hesitate to enroll her two-year old daughter, Chloe, in the Early Childhood Learning Center when she was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Her four mornings a week at the ECLC has given Chloe, now 4, the social and classroom skills she needs to make progress in her development. "She has words to use when she needs something," Foster said. "Now she can say, 'I don't like orange soda,' rather than throwing it across the room."
The difference Mom has seen in her two daughters since their clinic time is striking. For Annie, working with the student clinicians was magic. "She so looked up to the college students with whom she worked, it really bolstered her desire to do more at school because she wants to come to SLU! She wants to get a degree in public administration and be Secretary of State. Before camp, she wanted to be a super-model. So I'm happy for her change!"
Another reason for the success of the clinic experience is being able to work closely with both faculty and student clinicians to develop individualized client plans. College of Education and Public Service students are also provided with opportunities to serve the community while garnering the professional client contact needed for degree and licensure requirements.
An endowment will support the four Paul C. Reinert, S.J., Clinics for Family and Child Development and insure that clinic services will be provided to all regardless of financial need. The clinics that will be able to increase their community outreach through this fund are the Early Childhood Learning Center, The Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, The Center for Counseling and Family Therapy, and the Special Learning Clinic.