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Delaware Afterschool Network
The Delaware Afterschool Network, along with its partners, will work to: create a long-term policy voice for afterschool programs; support policies that bolster high-quality programs; and increase public awareness regarding afterschool programs.
Children & Families First
Children & Families First (CFF) is a state-wide, private non-profit, social services agency. Please visit their website to see the many services they offer.
Child Care Resource & Referral Agency (CCR&R) in Delaware. CFF has a database of licensed and legally operating child care program in the State of Delaware. There are multiple ways that the CFF database is used, and can benefit providers, so please list your child care program with Children & Families First (CFF). Remember it is free!
There are three easy ways to list or update your program’s information.
Delaware Association for the Education of Young Children (deaeyc) is an affiliate of the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the leading membership association for those working with and on behalf of children from birth through age eight. Founded in 1969, deaeyc serves and acts on behalf of the needs, rights, and well-being of all young children and their families in Delaware. Deaeyc has also led the state’s Advocacy work for Early Childhood Education (ECE).
Delaware Department of Education (DOE)
Delaware’s Department of Education’s (DOE) mission is to empower every learner with the highest quality education through shared leadership, innovative practices and exemplary services.
Office of Early Learning (OEL) is a part of DOE that is involved with programs relating to the younger children (birth to 8 years old), their families and child care providers. Their website has a lot of information to read.
Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). When a licensed child care provider serves nutritious meals they can receive reimbursement. The U.S. Department of Agriculture created nutrition guidelines and a way to reward providers who follow them. CACFP ensures that children in licensed child care receive nutritionally balanced meals by reimbursing child care providers for serving meals that follow the guidelines from the U. S. Department of Agriculture. Read more about the
CACFP in Delaware allows Child Care Centers to participate independently through DOE or work with one of the sponsoring agencies listed below. Family Child Care Providers (FCC) must sign an agreement with one of the sponsoring organizations.
Early Childhood Innovation Center:
The ECIC is an exciting initiative leading the charge to unapologetically provide holistic and comprehensive programs and supports for the Delaware Early Childhood Community. The Early Childhood Scholarship Program will move to ECIC as of June 2023.To learn more about this innovative program join the ECIC’s email list, to stay up to date on the program incentives, stipends and scholarship opportunities that will be available beginning in June 2023! Click HERE to join or go to tinyurl.com/theecic
If you have any questions, please contact the ECIC directly at ECIC@desu.edu
Early Childhood Mental Health Consultants (ECMHC)
Early Childhood Mental Health Consultants (ECMHC) is a way to support young children’s social and emotional development in a child care program. The Division of Prevention and Behavioral Services offers ECMH consultants as a free service. There is a focus on child care programs with children ages 2 through 5 and those with a high number of POC families. All consultants are licensed mental health professionals with experience in early care and education settings. To start the process, complete the Application, and email.
Purchase of Care (POC)
Purchase of Care (POC) is a program that supports families with children by helping with the cost of child care.
If you are a child care facility/provider interested in becoming a POC provider, please contact the DSS Child Care Monitor in your county.
Read additional information about Purchase of Care (POC) that was put together by the Institute for Public Administration at the University of Delaware.
Tiered Reimbursement Program
Tiered Reimbursement Program is a separate payment made monthly by the Delaware Department of Education (DOE) to Delaware Stars providers with a level of 3, 4 or 5 who accept POC. The reimbursement rate is determined by the type of program, county, children’s age and the Delaware Star level.
Health Care Assistance for ECE Professionals
Westside Family Healthcare is a community-minded, non-partisan health center located in Delaware. They work with small businesses and individuals to find affordable options for health care. Westside Family Healthcare Health SmallBusinessToolkit
Each county has a director’s support group (open to any licensed child care program, FCC or Center-Based).
We are all meeting virtually during this time.
Please feel free to share our respective information to programs that would like to connect… please use us as a resource for those that may not be connected.
Included below each contact person’s email for the county-specific director groups.
NCC – Currently not meeting. Check back for more information.
Kent – Patricia Belle-Scruggs – BGCDE – email@example.com
Sussex – Toni Dickerson – Sussex Preschools, Inc – firstname.lastname@example.org
Wilmington Early Childhood Education Council Resource Room
WECEC has a Professional Development Resource Center (PDRC) offering early care and education providers resources and services with the goal of increasing the quality of early care and education for the young children in the City of Wilmington. An array of services is available including a professional lending library, die cuts, laminating, scholarships for professional development, mentoring, and many more.
Please contact us by visiting our WECEC PDRC at the Stubbs Early Education Center, Room 203, 1100 North Pine Street, Wilmington, DE 19801 or through email at email@example.com.