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

More Than 1 Million
neural connections are formed
every second

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 children live in poverty.
The national average is 12.3%

45%

of Delaware’s children have one or more
ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Score.

Upcoming Events

  • VIRTUAL LIVE: Understanding Children's Behavior as Communication for Family Child Care Professionals - PLUS

    January 25, 2022
    1:30 pm- 2:30 pm

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  • VIRTUAL LIVE: Strengthening Business Practices - Marketing for Family Child Care PLUS

    January 25, 2022
    6:30 pm- 8:00 pm

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  • VIRTUAL LIVE: Strengthening Business Practices - Marketing for Family Child Care PLUS

    January 27, 2022
    6:30 pm- 8:00 pm

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Upcoming Self Paced Professional Development

HYBRID: Center-Based Child Care – An Introduction to Designing an Operating Budget

Opens: February 7, 2022

SELF-PACED: Family Child Care & Large FCC – An Introduction to Designing an Operating Budget

Opens: February 7, 2022

SELF-PACED: Mission Statement for Your Family Child Care Program

Opens: March 7, 2022

HYBRID: Developing Your Mission Statement PLUS

Opens: March 7, 2022