Families & Communities (3 - 8 Years of Age):
Early Childhood Assistance Program
The Early Childhood Assistance Program (ECAP) is a state-funded, comprehensive child development program for income-eligible families with preschool age children. The Office of Early Learning (OEL) contracts and partners with public and private early learning programs to deliver ECAP services to 845 three-year-old and four-year-old children statewide. ECAP began in 1994 and is found in the Delaware Legislative Code.
ECAPs follow required Head Start Program Performance Standards and are at least a Star 4 in Delaware’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS).
If you are interested in learning about enrollment in an Early Childhood Assistance Program, please contact the ECAP provider closest to your family.
If you are interested in employment at an ECAP, please reach out directly to programs.
If you are a provider and interested in learning more about the process to become an ECAP program, please contact the Office of Early Learning as noted below.
New Castle CountyBrandywine ECAP ♦ (302) 761-7420701 W. 34th Street, Wilmington, DE 19802Christina Cultural Arts Center ♦ (302) 652-0101
705 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801Christina Early Education Center ♦ (302) 454-2720
620 E. Chestnut Hill Road, Newark, DE 19713
Colonial Early Education Program ♦ (302) 429-4085
12 Landers Lane, New Castle, DE 19720Hilltop Lutheran Neighborhood Center Inc. ♦ (302) 656-3224
1018 West 6th Street, Wilmington, DE 19805Latin American Community Center ♦ (302) 655-7338
403 N. Van Buren Street, Wilmington, DE 19805New Castle County Head Start Inc. ♦ (302) 452-1500
256 Chapman Road, Suite 103, Newark, DE 19702Tender Loving Kare Child Care & Learning Center ♦ (302) 464-1014
5197 Summit Bridge Road, Middletown, DE 19709Wilmington Head Start Inc. ♦ (302) 421-3620
100 W. 10th Street, Suite 1016, Wilmington, DE 19801
Kent & Sussex CountyDelaware Early Childhood Center ♦ (302) 398-8945100 Mispillion Street, Harrington, DE 19952Telamon Corporation ♦ (302) 934-1642
142 East Market Street, Georgetown, DE 19947Delaware Technical & Community College (Owens Campus) ♦ (302) 259-6567
21179 College Drive, Georgetown, DE 19947Indian River School District ♦ (302) 436-1000
30207 Frankford School Road, Frankford, DE 19945