Families & Communities (Birth - 3 Years of Age):
Early Head Start Child Care Partnership (EHS-CCP)
Child care providers who participate in the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) and Early Head Start/Head Start programs have been working together for many years to meet the needs of children and families. 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. EHS-CCP enhances developmental services and supports for low-income infants and toddlers, and their families, by providing strong relationship-based experiences and preparing them for the transition into Head Start and preschool.
Delaware launched First Start Delaware, its EHS-CCP program, in 2015 with funding from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Administration for Children & Families. First Start Delaware started with 72 available slots. In 2017 Delaware received additional funding and doubled the number of slots in First Start Delaware to 144.
First Start Delaware Project
First Start Delaware is a project of the Delaware Department of Education Office of Early Learning. First Start Delaware is governed by a Governing Board of one, who is the Secretary of Education. The Secretary of Education works in concert with a Policy Council consisting of parents of children enrolled in the program and community members with content expertise in child development and related fields. Together, the Governing Board and Policy Council provide direction and oversight to program staff, including a Chief Executive Officer and Program Manager, in the Office of Early Learning.
Staff work directly with a variety of partners, including health and mental health professionals, family services workers, and private child care programs.
Families interested in enrolling children in an EHS-CCP program can email the Office of Early Learning or call at (302) 735-4295. They will be referred to a family service worker in their area.