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Our History

We are a center for hearing and speech promoting listening and spoken language. Our school and habilitation programs children help children who are deaf and hard of hearing utilize state-of-the-art technology to communicate naturally and effectively with intelligible speech, using residual hearing without the use of sign language. All children and their families benefit from the outstanding educational environment and strong support system spanning their Sunshine Cottage experience.
Sunshine Cottage offers a unique and specialized learning environment with excellent support services and teaching staff. More than eighty percent of our certified teaching professionals have graduate degrees thereby offering children the finest learning environment available in South Texas.

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The origin of Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children is the story of a mother's love for her child. Dela and John White's daughter, Tuleta, was born with a profound hearing loss. The Whites believed she could learn to talk and, as an adult, function independently in society-at-large. However, at that time no local schools taught hearing-impaired children to speak. Only in her early 20s and new to education and hearing impairment, Mrs. White enlisted the support of various individuals and organizations, and in 1947 founded what has grown into an internationally respected auditory/oral school.
 
  1. Mrs. John H. White, Sr. and 18-month old Tuleta...

    travel to the John Tracy Clinic School for the Deaf in California for Tuleta to enter their 3-month summer program to learn to talk and communicate in the hearing world. The Tracy Clinic has not, prior to Tuleta, accepted any child younger than three years old.

  2. As World War II had just ended,

    organizations were eager to contribute to San Antonio's growth and well-being. The Junior League of San Antonio adopted Sunshine Cottage as a project and was instrumental in its opening, by lending financial, volunteer and moral support.

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  3. Junior League of San Antonio provides $15,000 gift...

    over a 3-year period to establish Sunshine Cottage as a pilot school program for children with hearing loss. The Junior League is instrumental in the opening of the school, lending their financial, volunteer and moral support.

  4. A caretaker’s cottage...

    on the Landa Library property is donated to be used as a schoolhouse and a local hardware store donates yellow paint for the school.

  5. Junior League of San Antonio provides $15,000 gift...

    over a 3-year period to establish Sunshine Cottage as a pilot school program for children with hearing loss. The Junior League is instrumental in the opening of the school, lending their financial, volunteer and moral support.

  6. Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children is founded...

    by Mr. and Mrs. John H. White, Sr. on June 16th, 1947. The School is named Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children. A whole new world is opened to children who are hearing impaired. The school opens as a summer school and begins with six even students and one summer-school teacher, Miss Van Wyck. A seventh student is enrolled the next semester. The first seven students are: Misses Tuleta Chittim White, Carolyn Reagan Wills, Barbara Baer, Mary Katherine Yost, and Masters Paul Mills, Wally Mallay and Tom Lewis.

 
  1. City of San Antonio deeds Sunshine Cottage...

    2.12 acres of land on Alamo Stadium Drive for $1,500 in back taxes. The gift given to Sunshine Cottage to purchase the land was given by Mr. Preston Northrup. Mr. L.A. Nordan and others pledge $150,000 to build a new school building. Sunshine Cottage 1951 Newsletter, Vol. I, No.4

  2. For a schoolhouse,

    Mrs. White procured the caretaker's cottage of Landa Library, near Trinity University. With the elbow grease of parents and other volunteers, it became usable; a local paint store supplied free paint, all yellow. Hence it was dubbed Sunshine Cottage. The school of seven children and one teacher quickly grew and needed a larger home. At a single dinner party community leaders, learning how well Sunshine Cottage students were progressing, raised enough money to break ground on the school that stands today. The new building was completed in 1952. In both 1957 and 1985, expansions to the school were made.

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  3. First “sound proofed” classroom...

    is installed. More classrooms are planned to follow. The room has acoustic tiling on the walls, carpeting on the floor, and suspended ceiling microphones. New desks have front fittings for earphones. Sunshine Cottage 1955 Newsletter, Vol. I, No.5

  4. A television documentary film...

    ‘Texas in Review” features Sunshine Cottage. Humble Oil Company gives a complimentary copy of the film to Sunshine Cottage. Sunshine Cottage 1956 Newsletter, Vol. III, No.1 and 1956 Newsletter Vol. III, No. 2, and Sunshine Cottage 1957 Newsletter Vol. III, No. 5

  5. Sunshine Cottage celebrates its tenth anniversary...

    with an open house hosted by Mrs. L.A. Nordan and Mrs. Preston G. Northrup. Mrs. Spencer Tracy, Mr. and Mrs. John H. White, Sr., and Miss Tuleta White are the honored guests. Sunshine Cottage 1957 Newsletter, Vol. III, No.8 and Sunshine Cottage 1957 Newsletter, Vol. III, No. 10

  6. Sunshine Cottage Endowment Fund...

    is established. Sunshine Cottage 1957 Newsletter, Vol. IV, No.3

  7. The original Sunshine Cottage class...

    of students are integrated into Robert E. Lee Junior High School. This is the first time that a class, as an entire group, has been able to enter a hearing school in the public school system. Sunshine Cottage 1958 Newsletter, Vol. V, No.1

  8. The addition to the Sunshine Cottage building...

    is complete. This 7,000 square-foot addition to the building adds six new classrooms and a library. Faculty members have a separate restroom, a small lounge, a kitchenette. Students have a new science room and a new rhythm room. Classrooms have green chalkboards, cork tack board, and acoustical tiles on the walls and ceilings. Suspended from the ceilings are the new microphone cord that move on two small tracks across the length of the room. Headphone can now be plugged into the floor outlets and outlets are recessed into the boards. The rhythm room has a wooden floor and is an offset of the new addition is the library alcove. Co-Chairman of the Building Program are Mrs. Theo Pinsion and Mr. L.R. Eastman. Sunshine Cottage 1958 Newsletter, Vol. V, No. 4

  9. Sunshine Cottage becomes...

    fully accredited by the Texas Education Agency. Sunshine Cottage 1959 Newsletter, Vol. V, No.8

  10. Plans for a joint Teacher Training Program...

    between Trinity University and Sunshine Cottage are underway. Sunshine Cottage 1959 Newsletter, Vol. VI, No. 2

  11. Moving day finally rolled around...

    on April 17th and Sunshine Cottage is now installed in our new quarters. The children enter the new school for the first time on Friday, April 18th. Sunshine Cottage celebrated our new school with a ribbon cutting ceremony and an open house. The new facility has four classrooms and is designed to serve about 30 students. The original structure remains in use today. Sunshine Cottage 1952 Newsletter, Vol. II, No.7

 
  1. Mrs. Bruce (Emily) Thomas retires...

    after 14 years teaching at Sunshine Cottage. Sunshine Cottage 1966 Newsletter, Vol. XII, No.10

  2. Sunshine Cottage students visit...

    their new neighbors, the 16-story Olmos Towers Apartments. Sunshine Cottage 1966 Newsletter, Vol. XII, No.10

  3. An experimental pilot program...

    begins to teach babies and toddlers with a hearing loss. For the first time, Sunshine Cottage expands its program to infants. Sunshine Cottage 1966 Newsletter, Vol. XIII, No.2

  4. Miss Mari Pagenstecher...

    is crowned the “Valley Queen”. Sunshine Cottage 1967 Newsletter, Vol. XIII, No.5

  5. King Antonio XLV,...

    Mr. John Thomas Steen, visits Sunshine Cottage. Sunshine Cottage 1967 Newsletter, Vol. XIII, No.9

  6. Sunshine Cottage now has the finest...

    and most up-to-date auditory equipment – the Zenith Tel-a-Group Induction Loop Training and Communication System. It is installed due to the generosity of the Charity Ball Association of San Antonio. Sunshine Cottage 1967 Newsletter, Vol. XIV, No.1

  7. Sunshine Cottage joins forces...

    with the Department of Education at Trinity University. Sunshine Cottage 1969 Newsletter, Vol. XVI, No. 1

 
  1. Sunshine Cottage celebrates...

    its 30th Anniversary on June 16th, 1977 with an Outdoor Fiesta and a candlelight party.

  2. The Parent Infant Program has a new home...

    and the Sunshine Cottage house is built and remodeled. Sunshine Cottage 1978 Newsletter, Vol. XXIV, No. 1

  3. New Gymnasium is built...

    during the summer of 1978. Sunshine Cottage 1978 Newsletter, Vol. XXV, No. 1

 
  1. New Parent Infant Cottage constructions begins.

  2. Parent Infant Cottage construction...

    is complete. The old parent cottage has vanished and a charming new house replaces it. Sunshine Cottage 1984 Newsletter, Vol. XXXIII, No. 1

 
  1. Sunshine Cottage extends...

    cochlear habilitation to students of other schools. Sunshine Cottage 1995 Newsletter, Vol. XXXXIVI, No. 3

  2. Sunshine Cottage Newborn Hearing Evaluation Center...

    opens its doors to the public, a center that tests infants for hearing loss.

 
  1. Sunshine Cottage celebrates the opening of...

    the Newborn Hearing Evaluation Center with an open house. The Center is blessed by Rev. Ted Schroeder and Rabbi David Jacobson. The Center was made possible by gifts from the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation, St. Luke’s Lutheran Health Ministries, and the San Antonio Area Foundation, among many others.

  2. The Sunshine Cottage Parent Infant Program is 35 years old this year

  3. Sunshine Cottage launches Community Awareness Campaign, Can Your Baby Hear?

  4. Outgrowing our campus,

    in 2007 we embarked on our successful $20 million capital campaign. Construction began in March 2009.

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  5. Sunshine Cottage launches Capital Campaign for a new facility

  6. Sunshine Cottage breaks ground at property on Hildebrand Ave.

 
  1. The campus opened

    at 603 E. Hildebrand Ave. in August 2010.

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  2. First classes held on new campus

  3. Loss of our founder, Dela Tuleta Wright White

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  4. Sunshine Cottage is awarded...

    The H-E-B Excellence in Education award for Best Early Childcare Facility!

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Sunshine Cottage, a listening and spoken language school, is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement, OPTION Schools, Inc., and is a Texas Education Agency approved non-public school. Sunshine Cottage is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit educational organization. We accept students regardless of sex, race, affiliation, disability, or national origin.