Tag: early child care
Delaware Recognizing the True Cost of Quality Early Learning
March 17th, 2022Last 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March 8th, 2022Updated January 27, 2023: HS 1 for HB 144, mentioned below, has been replaced by HS 1 for HB 33. 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...
Reinforcements Forthcoming for Embattled Early Childhood Workforce
December 9th, 2021Delaware 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...
Left Scrambling: A Parent’s View of Delaware’s Child Care Crisis
Early Childhood Education, News
October 20th, 2021“Do you know any early childhood educators seeking employment?” This was not a response I was expecting this summer as I called various child care centers seeking the right fit for my one-year-old. This response, coupled with being placed on at least three waiting lists, helped put into focus the child care crisis as it hit dangerously...