Delaware First Qualifications

Delaware First
  • In Delaware the Office of Child Care Licensing in the Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families adopts and promulgates rules for early care and education and school-age centers as authorized in the Delaware Code. The Delacare: Rules for Early Care and Education and School-Age Centers, effective January 1, 2007, requires that all direct care teaching staff must meet specific qualifications at the time of employment in a licensed center-based program.


  • Process for Qualification Review

    The process for requesting a review of qualifications is as follows:

    1. Applicant reviews the requirements for positions
    2. Applicant selects the appropriate Qualifications Application form for either Early Care and Education or School-Age.
    3. Applicant selects the position they believe they are qualified for, completes and signs the Qualifications Application.
    4. Applicant collects official college transcripts (sealed in envelope un-opened from your college), diplomas and training certificates to document training and education and degrees to meet the specific qualification.
    5. Applicant makes a copy of driver's license or photo ID and proof of age to meet qualifications.
    6. Applicant collects signed original verification of experience forms to document total experience required to meet qualifications. Verification of experience forms required for all positions except for Intern(s).
    7. Bring into the office or Mail (faxes and scans will not be accepted), all forms, documents and copies of ID to:
      Delaware First
      Department of Education
      401 Federal Street, Suite 2
      Dover, DE 19901

    Incomplete applications or those missing documentation will be held for 60 days. Notification regarding the missing information will be sent to the applicant's address listed on the application.

    When the forms and documentation have been reviewed and verified, Delaware First will issue a Certificate of Qualifications that indicates the position for which you are qualified. This document is your original to keep in your own files and you will need to make copies of it for your employer(s). There may be a fee for replacement of certificates.

    Please note that Delaware First is currently out to a 6-8 week turn around time for processing qualifications. Please wait at least 6 weeks before calling to inquire about the status of your application.


  • Office of Early Learning - Delaware First
    Delaware Department of Education
    Dover, DE 19901
    (302) 735-4236