Early Childhood Education


Reinforcements Forthcoming for Embattled Early Childhood Workforce

December 9th, 2021

Author: Matt Amis

Delaware and the nation’s child care crisis has hit like a perfect storm—impacting not only families and providers, but the economy at large. Nowhere has the storm battered more fiercely than the early childhood workforce itself—where low pay and long hours often mean struggling to pay bills and find care for their own children. A...

Providers, Families, Business Community Agree: Delaware’s Child Care Crisis Imperils More than Just Parents

November 18th, 2021

Author: Kelsey Mensch

For Delaware parents with young kids like Rodel’s own Kim Lopez, the state’s child care crisis is a daily reality. But today, the crisis has spilled beyond just households with kids and their would-be child care centers. The ripple effects into businesses, the general workforce, and the overall economy are resonating clearly...

As Child Care Crisis Rages On, Fewer Children Are Being Served. How?

November 16th, 2021

Author: Sarah Stowens

For years, Delaware families have struggled to find affordable, quality child care. Of the approximately 60,000 children in Delaware from zero to five, only a small portion are being served by state-supported programs. The result? Only about half of Delaware children enter kindergarten with a preschool experience. Research shows that children...

Federal Funds for Child Care Will Help, but Not Solve Delaware’s Crisis

November 3rd, 2021

Author: Madeleine Bayard

 ARPA Funding Announced November 1 This week, Gov. John Carney announced $120.6 million in funding for early childhood allocated through the American Rescue Plan Act. Included in this total are $66 million previously awarded (as required by the Federal Administration for Children and Families (ACF) in the form of Child Care...