Families & Communities (Birth - 3 Years of Age):
Delaware Stars promotes high quality early learning for young children by setting the Stars quality rating that guides families seeking the best program for their child.
Early learning programs join Delaware Stars to commit to program quality and to providing the best early learning experiences for your young child.
Programs can achieve up to 5 stars as they commit to, improve and maintain quality. You will see programs post their star level rating, between 1 star and 5 stars.
Delaware Stars ratings can help you choose the best quality program near your home or place of work:
- Search for the Delaware Stars program that is the best fit for your child on the Office of Child Care licensing website.
- Access free Child Care Referral services through Children and Families First’s AccessCare website.
This site also contains a “Parent Resource toolkit” to help your family choose the type of program that meets your needs.
Delaware’s early learning programs serve children in age groups:
- Infants: birth up to 15 months
- Toddler: at least 15 months but younger than two years and nine months
- Preschool: at least two years and nine months up to Kindergarten.
Center and School-Based Programs
This type of early childhood education is delivered in a community or school-based setting.
Center or school-based early childhood education programs can serve children of infant, toddler or preschool age, and includes Head Start programs.
Family based programs are provided in an in-home setting and serve anywhere from 1 to 12 children.