I AM AN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR

If you work in a classroom setting directly with the children in your program, this page is for you.

I AM A FAMILY CHILD CARE EDUCATOR

If you are a home-based child care professional in a large/family child care program, this page is for you.

I AM AN OWNER AND/OR ADMINISTRATOR

If you have a leadership or management role at a center-based program, this page is for you.

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 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.

WHY EARLY CHILDHOOD MATTERS

About Young Children

Nearly 90% of brain growth takes place during life 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)

What’s New from DIEEC

In Case You Missed It

Stay connected with up-to-date information. This page includes general updates from DIEEC and our state partners, in addition to health and safety information, including relevant COVID-19 guidance.

Click here to stay connected.

DIEEC Announces Podcast

Be sure to listen to X, “Why,” Z: Reflections from Early Childhood Education Professionals. The podcast elevates the voice of early childhood education professionals through insightful, engaging, and fun conversations.

Listen to the podcast here.

Family Child Care Networks

DIEEC recently held information sessions related to supports available for family child care professionals and launched the first ever pilot group for FCC networks in Delaware.

Click here to learn more.

Working with DIEEC” Webinars

DIEEC recently held information sessions for the early childhood professional community to learn more about how we can support you in navigating the early childhood landscape.

Access the recordings here.

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Upcoming Events

December 6, 2022
  • VIRTUAL LIVE: Introduction to the Ages & Stages Questionnaires-Developmental Screening Tools (ASQ-3 and ASQ:SE-2)

    December 6, 2022
    6:30 pm- 9:30 pm
    VIRTUAL LIVE

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  • VIRTUAL LIVE: Giving Care to the Caregiver for Family Child Care Professionals-PLUS

    December 6, 2022
    6:30 pm- 8:30 pm
    VIRTUAL LIVE

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December 9, 2022
  • VIRTUAL LIVE: Supporting Family-Led Developmental Monitoring

    December 9, 2022
    1:00 pm- 2:00 pm
    VIRTUAL LIVE

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Upcoming Self Paced Professional Development

Self-Paced: Recordkeeping in Family Child Care

Opens: December 1, 2022

SELF-PACED: Mission Statement for Your Family Child Care

Opens: December 1, 2022

SELF-PACED: Stress & Resilience – Building Core Capabilities Community of Practice

Opens: December 1, 2022

SELF-PACED: Self-Regulation & Play – Community of Practice

Opens: December 1, 2022