• Delaware Early Childhood Council

     

    The mission of the Delaware Early Childhood Council (ECC) is to promote the development of a comprehensive and coordinated early childhood system, birth to eight, which provides the highest quality services and environment for Delaware’s children and their families. The Delaware ECC was codified in 2007 in Title 14, Chapter 30 of the Delaware Code. It was amended June 2010 in HR 470 (Section 1 Amendment 1703(n) Title 14. Delaware ECC By-Laws

     

    MEETINGS


    Please e-mail Tina Shockley to be added to the council mailing/meeting notification list. Previous year meeting information, including agendas and minutes, are available upon request by contacting early.learning@doe.k12.de.us or calling 302-735-4295. 
     
    January 23, 2018
    9:00AM-11:00AM
    Delaware State Police Troop 2
    Robert Paris Community Room
    100 Lagrange Avenue
    Newark, DE 19702
     
    March 20, 2018 (rescheduled from March 8, 2018)
    9:00AM-11:00AM
    Colwyck Center – Resource Room
    12 Landers Lane
    New Castle, DE 19720
     
    May 9, 2018
    11:00AM-12:00PM
    Delaware Technical and Community College
    Terry Campus
    Conf Rooms 400 A/B
    100 Campus Drive
    Dover, DE  19901
     
    August 2, 2018
    9:00AM-11:00AM
    Colwyck Center - Resource Room
    12 Landers Lane
    New Castle, DE 19720
     
    September 20, 2018
    10:00AM-12:00PM
    University of Delaware
    Carvel Research & Education Center
    16483 County Seat Highway
    Georgetown, DE 19947
    *Meeting will be held in collaboration with the Sussex Early Childhood Council
     
    November 15, 2018
    9:00AM-11:00AM
    Colwyck Center – Resource Room
    12 Landers Lane
    New Castle, DE 19720
    *Meeting will be held in collaboration with the Wilmington Early Care and Education Council
     

    SUBCOMMITTEES


    The Delaware ECC is comprised of the following committees:

    • Healthy Children and Families Committee

    Chair: Leslie Newman, Children & Families First

    DHSS Staff: Crystal Sherman

    OEL Staff: Tina Shockley

    Key Responsibilities: Identify strategic priorities for healthy young children & families based on the overall strategic plan for the Delaware Early Childhood Council, and recommend strategies for new program development or continuous improvement of existing programs and services. Review and recommend periodic program evaluations. Identify opportunities for cross-system collaboration and coordination to improve services, leverage funds, or create new funding sources for early health initiatives. Work in collaboration with the EIEIO, a sub-committee of the Healthy Young Children & Families Committee, to identify strategies to support high-quality inclusive early childhood opportunities. 

    • Early Learning Programs & Workforce Committee

    Chair: Julie Johnson, Tender Loving Kare

    OEL Staff: Carmen Gallagher, Education Associate

    Goals: Identify strategic priorities, based on the overall Delaware Early Childhood Council Strategic Plan, to raise the quality and retention of early learning programs and practitioners for young children and families. Recommend strategies for new program development or continuous improvement of existing programs and services. Review and recommend periodic program evaluations. Identify opportunities for cross-system collaboration and coordination to improve services, leverage funds, or create new funding sources for early learning initiatives. Advise and monitor implementation of the state’s Strategic Plan for Professional Development and bring updates and issues forward to the full Council.

    • Early Learning Data & Policy Committee

    Chair: Madeleine Bayard, Rodel Foundation of Delaware

    OEL Staff: Caitlin Gleason, Education Associate

    Key Responsibilities: Monitor federal and state and legislative, regulatory and policy activities relating to DECC’s mission. Identify and recommend strategies, based on the overall Delaware Early Childhood Council Strategic Plan, to maximize legislation, regulations and policies to facilitate the fulfillment of DECC’s mission. Inform and engage Council members and the stakeholder community concerning relevant legislative, regulatory and policy activities. Ensure that Council members possess the requisite knowledge and skills to advocate on relevant issues. Promote coordination across agencies and programs contributing early childhood data to federal and state reports and plans. Identify standard data reports necessary to advance Delaware’s early learning system. Provide feedback on current data exchanges, data processes, data quality, and data utilization.

     

     ANNUAL REPORTS


    Delaware's strategic plans for a comprehensive early childhood system.

    COMMITTEE MEMBERS


    The Delaware ECC requires specific committee members, as determined by Title 14, Chapter 30 § 3003 of the Delaware Code. Committee members and the legislative designation they represent are listed below:
     
    Center-based early care and education providers
    Cheryl Clendaniel, The Learning Center
     
    Family-home based early care and education provider   
    Carrette Monsanto
     
    Parent   
    Tamika Hill, Complexities of Color
     
    Delaware Head Start/Early Childhood Assistance Program
     
    Early care and education resource and referral agency   
     
    Advocacy organizations focused on children's health and well-being   
    Katherine "Kate" Rudolph, Christiana Care
     
    Delaware Association for the Education of Young Children    
     
    District superintendent   
    Dolan Blakey, Ed. D., Colonial School District
     
    Higher Education representative and P-20 Council member
     
    Business community representative    
    VACANT
     
    Community members
    Michelle Taylor, United Way of Delaware
    Madeleine Bayard, Co-Chair, Rodel Foundation
     
    General Assembly   
    Debra Heffernan, State Representative
     
    The State Director of Head Start Collaboration    
    VACANT
     
    Delaware Department of Health and Social Services
     
    Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families
    VACANT
     
    Delaware Department of Education
    Kimberly Krzanowski
     
    Council Members, Ex Officio:
    Krzanowski Kimberly, Early Development and Learning Resource Center of the Department of Education

     

    For more information about the Delaware ECC, email early.learning@doe.k12.de.us or call 302-735-4295.

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