• 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. 
     

    2019 Meeting Schedule

    Date:             January 30, 2019
    Time:            10:00AM-12:00PM
    Location:      Delaware State Police Troop, Robert Paris Community Room, 100 Lagrange Ave., Newark, DE  19702
    Handouts/Links:

    Final Minutes

    New OCCL Family Child Care Regulations - Effective May 1, 2019

     
     
    Date:             May 8, 2019
    Time:            10:00AM-12:00PM
    Location:       Frazier's Restaurant, 9 E. Loockerman Street, Dover, DE  19901
    NOTE:  Early Childhood Advocacy Day and De Readiness Teams Meeting
    Handouts/Links: Agenda
                                Draft Minutes
                                PDG (B-5) May Update Presentation
     
     
    Date:             July 31, 2019
    Time:            10:00AM-12:00PM
    Location:      Collette Education Resource Building, Conf. Rms. A & B, 35 Commerce Way, Dover, DE  19904
    Handouts/Links: TBD
     
    Date:             September 18, 2019
    Time:            10:00AM-12:00PM
    Location:       University of Delaware, Carvel Research & Education Center, 16483 County Seat Hwy., Georgetown, DE 19947                       NOTE:  Meeting will be held in collaboration with the Sussex Early Childhood Council
    Handouts/Links: TBD
     
    Date:             November 13, 2019
    Time:            10:00AM-12:00PM
    Location:      Delaware State Police Troop 2, Robert Paris Community Room, 100 Lagrange Ave., Newark, DE 19702
    NOTE:  Meeting will be held in collaboration with the Wilmington Early Care & Education Council
    Handouts/Links: TBD
     

    2018 Meeting Schedule and Minutes

    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: Debra Taylor

    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. 

    Most recent meeting agenda and/or minutes posted here

     

    • Early Learning Programs & Workforce Committee

    Chair: Julie Johnson, Tender Loving Kare

    OEL Staff: Christina Koutsourades

    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.

    Most recent meeting agenda and/or minutes posted here

    • Early Learning Data & Policy Committee

    Chair: Madeleine Bayard, Rodel Foundation of Delaware

    OEL Staff: Caitlin Gleason

    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.

    Most recent meeting agenda and/or minutes posted here

    Annual Reports

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

    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   
    Tanisha Merced**
     
    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   
    Kelli Thompson, Nemours Children's Health System
    Katherine "Kate" Rudolph, Delaware Academy of Pediatrics
     
    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
    Elizabeth Ritchie, Delaware Technical Community College**
     
    Business community representative    
    Olivia Gatewood, JP Morgan Chase & Co.**
     
    Community members
    Michelle Wall, Appoquinimink School District**
    Madeleine Bayard, Co-Chair, Rodel Foundation
     
    General Assembly   
    Debra Heffernan, State Representative
     
    The State Director of Head Start Collaboration    
    Debra Taylor, Department of Education, Head Start Collaboration Office
     
    Delaware Department of Health and Social Services
    Gabriela Kejner, Chief of Staff
     
    Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families
    Meredith Seitz, Chief Policy Advisor
     
    Delaware Department of Education
    Kimberly Krzanowski
     
    Council Members, Ex Officio:
    Krzanowski Kimberly, Early Development and Learning Resource Center of the Department of Education
    Clara Martinez, Telamon Corporation/De Head Start Program 
     
    **Pending appointment

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

Last Modified on May 30, 2019