Delaware Early Care and Education Office

  • In the spring of 2000, the Delaware legislature authorized the establishment of the Delaware Early Care and Education Office (DECEO). The Delaware Early Childhood Office promotes an interagency approach to the delivery of early care and education services in Delaware as recommended in the Early Success report

    Delaware Early Childhood Council
    Governor Minner signed an Executive order in 2001 to establish the Delaware Early Care and Education Council.  On June 28, 2007, Governor Minner signed HB 126 to codify the Early Childhood Council.  There are seventeen members of the Council that are appointed by the Interagency Resource Management Committee (IRMC).  The Council submits a yearly report to the IRMC. 

    Early Success 
    Delaware recognizes that what children experience birth to age five has a direct impact on their future success in school and life. Early Success: Delaware's Early Childhood Plan outlines what we need to accomplish to ensure that all young children enter school prepared to succeed and that all schools in Delaware are ready for young children.  

    Ready Children = Ready Families + Ready Schools + Ready Early Care and Education Programs + Ready Communities

    Information on Early Success components:

    • Ready Children
    • Ready Families
    • Ready Schools
    • Ready Early Care and Education Programs
    • Ready Communities   

    DECEO is an interagency office located in the Department of Education. The Departments of Health and Social Services, Services for Children Youth and Families, and Education each fund a staff position to support the work of the Office.