Tag: purchase of care

Delaware Lawmakers Propose Historic Increases to Purchase of Care Subsidy

Early Childhood Education

June 9th, 2022

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...

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Delaware Recognizing the True Cost of Quality Early Learning

Early Childhood Education

March 17th, 2022

  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...

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What A New Market Rate Survey Tells Us (And Doesn’t Tell Us) About Child Care Costs

Early Childhood Education

March 30th, 2021

The 2021 Local Child Care Market Rate Survey has officially arrived, courtesy of Delaware’s Division of Social Services. And while it shows a small uptick in child care tuition costs across the state (five to nine percent since 2018)—the true headline is that the survey will still help determine how (and how much) Delaware funds...

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We Shouldn’t Depend on Market Rate Studies to Fund Early Learning

Early Childhood Education

March 15th, 2021

The child care industry across the nation is in dire peril. In Delaware, the situation is just as grim. Advocates are rallying around the state’s budgetary process in hopes of increasing state investments to save struggling providers. Even before COVID-19—which caused havoc by raising costs while lowering enrollment—early child care...

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