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Parent Advocacy Leads to New, More Accessible Online Kindergarten Registration System

November 2nd, 2022

Author: Alejandra Villamares

It was no secret that Delaware’s old kindergarten registration process was inaccessible to many families, but the new online kindergarten registration system aims to change that. Gov. John Carney, First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney, the Delaware Department of Education, and the Delaware Readiness Teams, in early October launched the new...

Why Delaware Should Continue to Lean in on Family Supports

November 2nd, 2022

Author: Madeleine Bayard

As three prominent state leaders wrote this week: “If we are going to build the workforce of tomorrow, we must pass policies that better support workers and their families today.” Sens. Kyle Evans Gay and Sarah McBride and Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long were among the lawmakers who helped champion recent policies like paid...

Delaware Lawmakers Propose Historic Increases to Purchase of Care Subsidy

June 9th, 2022

Author: Madeleine Bayard

Delaware’s Joint Finance Committee has voted to add $20.07 million to Delaware's Purchase of Care program in Fiscal Year 2023—a substantial increase in funding. They added to the governor’s proposed increase—both to increase the rates paid to child care providers by 15 percent, and to include a $1.1 million “door opener” to...

Why All the Buzz about Literacy This Year?

May 19th, 2022

Author: Madeleine Bayard

Delaware leaders have coalesced around early literacy in recent years, adopting a state plan, enacting legislation, and drawing national speakers to support the momentum. The state’s scores on national reading assessments have been stagnant and remain low, with less than half of third graders reading on grade level—an important...