Families & Communities (3 - 8 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 ages three through eight. These programs ensure parents can find quality child care for pre-school and school-aged children, have access to programs that assist with school readiness and the transition into kindergarten. There are also programs that work with low-income families and communities to provide supportive services that promote early learning success.
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 Early Childhood Assistance Program (ECAP) is a state-funded, comprehensive child development program for income-eligible families with preschool age children.
The Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B Section 619 Preschool (also known as Part B 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.
Head Start Collaboration
Head Start programs promote school readiness of children 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.
Going to Kindergarten is a big step for children and for you as a parent or caregiver. The K-Registration page will provide the information needed to register your child in a local Delaware school district. In general, students must be five years of age by August 31 of the current school year to attend kindergarten.
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.