Families & Communities (Birth - 3 Years of Age): Home
The Office of Early Learning provides the following programs to Delaware’s families and communities in support of early learning success for children from birth to age three. These programs ensure parents can find quality child care, have access to early intervention services for children with disabilities, assist low-income families with comprehensive services, and provide opportunities for parent/teacher collaboration.
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 Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C is intended to help states ensure that all infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities, and their families receive early intervention.
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.
Head Start Collaboration
Head Start programs promote school readiness of children (birth-5) from low-income families by supporting their development in a comprehensive way. Head Start and Early Head Start programs offer a variety of service models, depending on the needs of the local community.
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.