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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Upcoming Events


  1. Every year, educators and early childhood professionals from all corners of the country gather at the highly anticipated NAFCC Conference. This year was no exception,

  2. Webinars introducing the National Early Care and Education (ECE) Workforce Center.

  3. The votes are in!

  4. Panel discussion resources and recording now available.