From its founding in 1936, Children’s Beach House has devoted itself to meeting the most pressing needs of Delaware children.
Having found that time at the Delaware shore helped her to overcome the orthopedic challenges she faced as a young girl, Lydia Chichester du Pont founded Children’s Beach House so that future generations of children could flourish and enjoy the healing qualities of friendship, fresh air, and the Delaware Bay.
Children’s Beach House programs have evolved over time in response to changing community needs. Today we offer year-round programs to children — ages 3 to 18 from across Delaware — who have communicative challenges or who live in under resourced homes. We’re guided by a simple philosophy: Children are not vessels to be filled, but fires to be tended. All children have gifts to share with the world; our role is to value and nurture those gifts so the children can develop and freely share them.