Provider Supports

Find information about other supports specifically for child care providers in Delaware.

As a child care provider in Delaware there are many resources and supports available to help you with your day-to-day situations.
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Here are a few:

After School Alliance
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.

One area of their work is as the Child Care Recourse & 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!

  • The CFF database, along with the OCCL database, is used for the Searchable database on this website.
  • Referrals from the CFF database are available to all families (both POC approved and general public families) by phone, mail, e-mail and by searching on the CFF website:
  • Information from the CFF database is used for statistical analysis of many factors, including child care rates for the State of Delaware, broken down by three Counties, or sometimes even by individual zip codes

There are three easy ways to list or update your program’s information.

Capacity Grant
One of the contracts awarded to CFF by DHSS is the Capacity Grant. The Capacity Grant awards are intended to provide resources that will enhance the quality of care in programs, and build the supply of child care that are in limited supply. Read more about the details and the process to apply.

The 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).

DEAEYC currently houses several programs:

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Delaware (Teacher Education and Compensation Helps)
T.E.A.C.H. provides scholarships for those working in licensed child care programs in Delaware. It uses four key elements: scholarship, education, compensation, and commitment.

WAGE$® helps to provide salary supplements to underpaid teachers, administrators and family child care providers.  They must be working with children birth through five. The program must be a Delaware STAR 2 or higher. The participant receives a payment tied to their level of education and retention.  The initiative is designed to increase workforce retention, education, and compensation.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation
DAEYC has received a grant to connect families with community resources and social services. They want to help parents with limited income whose children are attending child care centers. The program will also help staff at the centers. The goals are to increase job satisfaction by allowing staff to focus more on teaching. They also hope to decrease staff and parent turnover at the centers by addressing families’ basic needs and stressors.

Check their website for more information.

If you want to learn more about the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) visit their website.

Delaware Department of Education (DOE)

For Delaware’s Department of Education (DOE):

  • The vision: Every learner ready for success in college, career and life.
  • The mission: To empower every learner with the highest quality education through shared leadership, innovative practices and exemplary services.

Part of DOE is the Office of Early Learning (OEL) that specifically 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.

One program that is part of DOE is the 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.

There are several sponsors of the CACFP program in Delaware. Family Child Care Providers (FCC) must sign an agreement with a sponsoring organization but they can decide which one. Child Care Centers can decide to either participate independently through DOE or work with one of the sponsoring organizations.

Catholic Charities

Children & Families First

Delaware Parents

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.

or Call: 302-256-9308

Purchase of Care (POC)
Purchase of Care (POC) is a program that supports families with children by helping with the cost of child care.  Please read to learn more about POC.

If you are a child care facility/provider interested in becoming a POC provider, please contact the DSS Child Care Monitor in your county.

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.

Consumer Education is designed to help parents access information in order to make informed consumer choices
and to strengthen requirements to protect the health and safety of children in care.