RESOURCES

For those living with and caring for children

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Delaware Division of Public Health Lead Poisoning Prevention

The Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program protects the health of Delawareans by preventing childhood lead poisoning and promoting health among children (0 – 6 years of age) through education, safe environments, screening and early intervention.

Delaware Early Childhood Council

The mission of the Delaware Early Childhood Council (ECC) is to promote the development of a comprehensive and coordinated early childhood system, birth to eight, which provides the highest quality services and environment for Delaware’s children and their families.

Delaware Early Learner Survey (DE-ELS)

An observational tool used by kindergarten teachers to record children’s knowledge and shills that lead to success in kindergarten and through life. See results from previous years.

Delaware Early Learning Goverance

Looking out for Delaware’s youngest is the job of many state offices. This chart outlines how Delaware’s agencies are organized within different departments and divisions.

Delaware Family Fatherhood Coalition

The Delaware Fatherhood & Family Coalition (DFFC) is an extension of the Promoting Safe and Stable Families Program and the Responsible Fatherhood Initiative created specifically to give a voice to fathers and the importance of their involvement for the well-being of their children.

Delaware First Professional Development for Early Childhood

Delaware First is a system where an early learning professional’s trainings are reviewed. The review will determine their level so that he/she can work in early childhood centers or school-age programs. Delaware First also offers Career Advisement before and during the process.

Delaware Guidance

Delaware Guidance Services provide quality therapeutic services to children, youth, and their families to increase their social, emotional, and behavioral wellness.

Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood (DIEEC)

Quality assured professional development offered through the University of Delaware.

Delaware Professional Development Now!

Online training website for child care providers built through a partnership between Delaware Department of Education, Delaware Office of Early Learning, Nemours Health Systems and Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood.

Delaware Readiness Teams

A statewide initiative of volunteer based teams that strengthens communities at a local level and help children from birth through age eight get ready for school and life. The current statewide initiatives are kindergarten readiness and registration, developmental screening and family empowerment.

Delaware Stars for Early Success (DE Stars)

A voluntary program used to measure, improve and communicate the level of quality in early care and education and school-age settings. Participating programs are awarded up to 5 Stars.

Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA)

The Delaware State Housing Authority provides and assists others to provide, quality, affordable housing opportunities and appropriate supportive services to low- and moderate-income Delawareans.

Delaware Thrives

DE Thrives connects you with resources, programs and social networks for reproductive life planning, having a healthy pregnancy, raising healthy babies and more. Some main initiative include home visiting, safe sleep, healthy smiles, healthy women, help me grow, my life my plan, man up plan up, family shade and thriving community.

Division of Social Services

The Division of Social Services offers finnancial supports for low-income families

Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center (ECKLC)

From the office Head Start, this website offers a variety of online trainings and webinars developed for their staff, but are open to anyone.

Expulsion and Suspension in Early Childhood Programs Policy Draft

Delaware is committed to ensuring that all of our children receive the best early education possible by using a proactive and systemic approach to building resilience, and finding alternatives to preschool suspension and expulsion. Using this as a foundation, Delaware has developed this “Best Practice Statement for the Prevention of Expulsion and Suspension from Early Childhood Programs.”

First State Community Action Agency

First State Community Action Agency’s mission is to eliminate the root causes of poverty, by operating a variety of programs designed to support clients with emergencies, heating/cooling, youth, family, training and employment.

Food Bank of Delaware

A statewide nonprofit agency whose vision is a community free of hunger

Kids Count

Kids Count in Delaware provides high-quality data about the well-being of children, youth and their families for the purpose of effecting positive changes in policy, priorities and programs.

Kids Health from Nemours

Easy-to-follow articles, slideshows, videos, and health tools designed to help families learn, grow, and be their best.

My Child DE is a user-friendly website that brings together resources to help families, providers and other caretakers make informed choices for the children of Delaware. The goal of My Child DE is to help these groups feel welcome, informed and empowered to engage, learn and take the next steps needed to support children.