Educators (Birth - 8 Years of Age): Home
The Office of Early Learning administers the following programs to support educators as they teach and care for children from birth through age eight. These programs ensure qualified early learning professionals are providing education and care, that kindergarten teachers are ensuring children are ready for school, all while recognizing that a parent is a child’s first and most important teacher.
The Delaware First Professional Development System For Early Childhood Programs, commonly referred to as Delaware First, supports early childhood educators by certifying them to become employed by an early child care or school-age care center once they meet specific requirements related to age, work experience and education.
The Delaware Stars program promotes high quality early learning for young children and sets the Stars quality rating that guides families seeking the best program for their child.
The Delaware Early Learner Survey (DE-ELS) is an observational tool through which kindergarten teachers observe and record children’s knowledge and skills that lead to success in kindergarten and through life.
The Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B Section 619 is intended to help states ensure that all preschool‐aged children (3 through 5 years of age) with disabilities, and those eligible under birth mandate classifications, receive special education and related services.
Early Head Start Child Care Partnership (EHS-CCP)
The Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership (EHS-CCP) initiative brings together the best of Early Head Start and child care through layering of funding to provide comprehensive and continuous services to low-income infants, toddlers, and their families.
Parents As Teachers (PAT)
Parents as Teachers (PAT) is an evidence based home visiting model that has been a part of Delaware for the last 30 years. PAT provides optimal early development, learning and health of young children by supporting and engaging their family through home visits.