School Program

Maintaining routines is important for all kids, especially when they’re in the hospital. Our hospital school program helps your child continue to progress academically and also relieves some of the stress of a lengthy hospital stay by providing a little bit of normalcy, often with other kids close in age.

About Our Program

How Our Program Works

Certified teachers work with you, your child’s school teacher (or homebound teacher), and other members of your care team to create an appropriate lesson plan based on your child’s abilities and needs.

Education sessions can then take place either right at your child’s bedside or in our hospital classroom, during normal school days and hours. The length of the sessions depends on many things, including your child’s health and emotional well-being.

Who's Eligible

Children who are:

  • patients age 5-18 years
  • patients who have an Individualized Education Plan (also called an IEP) who’s curriculum can be replicated in the hospital setting
  • patients staying overnight in the hospital, missing school for 10 consecutive days or more
  • patients who have long hospital admissions or repeated hospital admissions over the course of a school year

Many children who participate have chronic illnesses, traumatic brain injuries, and/or rehabilitative needs (surgical, physical, or cognitive). Any member of your child’s care team can refer your child to the program.

For Rehabilitation Patients

Children who are inpatients of the Rehabilitation Service Unit or who participate in the Comprehensive Rehabilitation Outpatient Program are eligible for the school program from the first day of admission.

Educational sessions are held in the rehabilitation classroom at regularly scheduled times.

For Parents

How You Can Help

Ultimately, our focus is on preparing your child for a smooth transition back into the classroom, which means we’re in constant contact with your child’s school teacher — gathering assignments and staying updated with classroom progress.

You can help most by:
  • supporting your child’s academic goals
  • having textbooks and assignments ready each week
  • keeping the school informed and updated about your child’s progress
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Contact Us

School Program

Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware
Available at your child’s bedside or in the third-floor rehabilitation classroom.
Operates during regular public school hours.

Rehab Classroom
(302) 651-4969

Our Special Education Teachers:

TJ Byrnes
Phone: (302) 651-4953

Sharon Miorelli
Phone: (302) 651-4960

Colleen O'Shea
Phone: (302) 651-4966

Jen Paoli
Phone: (302) 651- 4961