Partnering For A Strong Start For Delaware’s Children

Every child deserves a great beginning – our job is to help make this happen.

The Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood (DIEEC) improves the lives of young children and their families by providing exemplary services for the early childhood community. We conduct research that helps to advance equity and promote high-quality education. DIEEC is housed within the University of Delaware’s College of Education and Human Development.

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Why Early Childhood Matters

About Young Children

Nearly 90% of brain growth takes place during the first five years of life. The first years of a child’s life are critical in developing certain functions like language, reasoning and empathy.

Delaware at a Glance

16.6% of Delaware’s children live in poverty. The national average is 12.3%. 45% of Delaware’s children have one or more ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences Score)

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  1. UD’s Lab School helps children, teachers, and community members learn in and from nature. For nearly 90 years, the University of Delaware’s Lab School, housed

  2. Joy Rowe of the Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood at the University of Delaware leads initiative training at Beach Babies Child Care of

  3. Funding will provide access to high-quality, affordable childcare for parents pursuing an education at the University of Delaware. With a New $2 Million Federal Grant,

  4. Family child care (FCC) educators from across the state of Delaware gathered to further their professional development and build relationships with colleagues.