NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The Summit Area Public Foundation (SAPF) has awarded a $50,000 grant to the Summit Speech School in support of the its Parent / Infant Program, which provides early intervention to babies and toddlers who are diagnosed with a hearing loss.

Founded in 1967 by Junior League of Summit member May S. Gold -- who wanted to teach deaf and hard-of-hearing children to listen and talk -- the Summit Speech School has grown over the years and currently consists of the Parent / Infant Program, a preschool, an Itinerant Mainstream Support Program and an Audiology Center that provides pediatric audiology services to families as well as educational audiology services to school districts. Through these four programs, the School serves about 300 children annually.

The Summit Speech School works with families and school districts to develop children’s listening, speech and language skills, thus fostering communication, education, socialization and self-advocacy.

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“We are proud to support Summit Speech School," said SAPF Trustee Drew Maldonado. "Our grant to the Parent / Infant Program, which focuses on very early intervention, furthers SAPF’s mission to make a difference in our local communities.”

The SAPF is a community foundation that fosters philanthropy in the Summit area by identifying local needs and offering donors flexible ways to make a difference in the lives of their neighbors. During the past 10 years, the SAPF has awarded more than $4.7 million in grants to 117 nonprofit agencies, in areas such as education, health care, the arts, and human services.