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Exceptional Care for Children Mission Statement:

Exceptional Care for Children improves the lives of technology-dependent children and their families through skilled nursing, transitional services and palliative care. We are a haven for healing fragile bodies when improvement is possible, and a refuge for nurturing vulnerable spirits when a cure is unattainable.

More About Exceptional Care for Children

Exceptional Care for Children is a pediatric long-term care facility located in Newark, Delaware. Providing care to medically fragile children from throughout the region, Exceptional Care is the first and only facility of this type in the state of Delaware and one of very few in the entire country. For children between the ages of birth and twenty-one who maintain a skilled nursing need and whose care can not be delivered in the home setting, ECC provides an alternative to growing up in a hospital. For many residents, Exceptional Care for Children is their first home outside of a hospital and for some residents it is their last. Exceptional Care offers transitional, long-term and end-of-life care, but for the kids who call this place home, ECC offers hope. This place provides each and every child with the opportunity to experience a childhood despite their medical needs, conditions, diagnosis or prognosis.


Children living at Exceptional Care participate in a number of activities on our 7.7 acre campus. Education is very important and all children participate in play therapy and/or school programing. Children who are able to attend school in the community take the bus from ECC to school everyday. Children who cannot make the journey to school each day attend classes in the onsite classroom. Occupational, speech and physical therapists visit the residents on site to prevent trips out for therapy appointments and children also have the opportunity to participate with pet therapy through the Paws for People program. Volunteers and staff fill the remaining day with walks on the nature trail, movies in the living rooms, projects in the classroom and story time in the lobby. Residents also participate in a wide range of fieldtrips and community outtings. The children visit the local grocery store, the library, the movie theater, zoos, sporting events, and they have even traveled all the way to Disney World! Exceptional Care is an exciting place full of laughter and smiles. It is a home and a place for children to make memories.

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