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Delaware Recognizing the True Cost of Quality Early Learning

March 17th, 2022

Author: Madeleine Bayard

  Last year, Delaware committed to changing how it calculates payment rates for “Purchase of Care,” the state subsidy that helps cover child care tuition for low-income families. The legislature passed HB 250, which required: The Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) and the Department of Education (DOE), in...

Legislators Propose Overdue Improvements to Pre-K Funding

March 8th, 2022

Author: Madeleine Bayard

Young children with disabilities often need extra support from the adults in their lives. At school, that usually means smaller class sizes, added staff, and an inclusive mix of peers to ensure their unique needs are being met. But in Delaware, the opposite often happens. That could soon change.   HS 1 for HB 144, which will be heard...

State of the Delaware Child Care Industry: By the Numbers

January 26th, 2022

Author: Matt Amis

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“I’m Worried.” Six Quotes from Delaware Families that Capture Our Child Care Crisis

January 21st, 2022

Author: Sarah Stowens

Due to rising costs and state investments that don’t keep pace, the child care industry is in peril, and nearly half of local providers are turning families away. Families who rely on the Purchase of Care (POC) subsidy can’t find care because their voucher only reimburses about 50 percent of the costs of child care. Subsequently, about 30...