Programs & Services

We have been providing services to children for almost 100 years.

We serve clients aged 8-21, and provide 24 hour care for our live-in clients. 

Equal opportunity statement here.


Everyday Living

Our children reside in four cottages on campus. Each client has their own bedroom, and our program is administered by nuturing staff who have all passed state and federal background checks.

We endeavour to maintain a fair, firm, and consistent routine for our clients while balancing it with the need for a “family-style” atmosphere.

Educational Needs

 Our children attend state-approved school programs, as determined by the needs of the child. Each child has an Educational Advocate who works with the teachers, social workers, and tutors to give them the best possible chances to succeed.

Medical & Counseling Needs

Our staff ensure that children are transported for annual physicals, eye exams, dental appointments, psychiatric appointments, and regular counseling as needed. All staff are trained in Limited Lay Administration of Medication (LLAM) and are recertified annually. We have an on-site nurse who oversees medical needs and medications.

Health & Recreation

We participate in the School Nutrition Program as a Residential Care Care Institution. Our Food Services Program works to design nutritious, delicious meals. We encourage physical activity and have an on-site exercise facility, a full-size basketball court, and a recently-renovated playground.

For any child who wishes to participate in school or community sports programs, we provide the necessary equipment and transportation to and from practices and games.

Independent Living Program

Our IL Program services youth aged 16-21 all thoughout Kent County. Each youth is prepared for self-sufficiency & independence by helping them learn job skills, money management, educational plannning, and interpersonal skills. We also have a Transitional Living Program available to young adults who have aged out of care.

Ronald McDonald House

The Murphey School is one of the only known group homes to offer this service. We have a two-bedroom apartment on campus that allows trial visitation with family and out-of-town extended family members. This service is offered through a grant from the Ronald McDonald Corporation and is free to families. To make arrangements for its use, please contact Jim Nye.

School Nutrition Program

The Murphey School participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), and in accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online here, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: 

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture 
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 
1400 Independence Avenue, SW 
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; 

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: [email protected] This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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Elizabeth W. Murphey School


42 Kings Highway
Dover, DE 19901


(302) 734-7478