The Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood created a monthly newsletter just for you! Get the latest news and updates, professional experience opportunities, resources, and our special Voices from the Field feature which spotlights early childhood education professionals throughout Delaware.

November 2022

What a busy and exciting month! Today marks the start of Children’s Book Week. We’re looking forward to visiting programs and reading in classrooms. At the end of this week, DIEEC will be hosting our first family child care conference. We can’t wait for the full day of learning, activities, and networking with Delaware’s family childcare educators. 
 
We have more updates to share in this issue as well.  Continue here.

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October 2022

We have some exciting updates in this month’s issue, including further details about our upcoming podcast and some new opportunities for Delaware’s family child care educators. Additionally, you can read a summary from the Department of Education Early Childhood Support team about the next steps for early childhood in Delaware.  Continue here.

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September 2022

In the “Fall Preview” of this month’s newsletter, we’re thrilled to be announcing the return of Children’s Book Week, one of our favorite events. Make sure to sign up to participate! We’re also excited to begin getting the word out for a couple of brand new initiatives, with more to come soon. Continue here.

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August 2022

Like many during summer, we’re getting outside, but we’re doing it with our professional learning experiences. In the first article of this issue, learn more about the “Let’s Go Outside” initiative, our outreach to provide grants and training so programs can create outdoor spaces and facilitate learning through exploration and play.

Check out other news and updates, including opportunities to participate in several family child care initiatives. Fall is always busy, so we encourage you to savor what’s left of summer. Continue here.

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July 2022

Things continue to be busy at DIEEC. Our website now includes all our offerings with content focused on you – the early childhood educator. We will continue to hone the site with your feedback to ensure it serves your needs.  

We are excited to share a new professional learning experience for family child care educators in this issue. Be sure to check out “Using Data to Improve Teacher-Child Interactions” in a fun video highlighting what you’ll learn. Continue here.

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June 2022

Welcome to summer! We understand that summer presents a new set of circumstances with more time outside, field trips, and in many cases, a change of routine for your families. To this end, check out our social media content and Coach’s Corner, our monthly blog, for helpful summer safety tips.

In our “Voices from the Field” series, we feature an early childhood educator who took advantage of the nice weather to host a picnic for families as the first step in her community engagement strategy. Continue here.

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May 2022

Welcome to a special issue of REACH dedicated to provider appreciation. Although May 6 is officially Provider Appreciation Day, we’re celebrating you the entire month because of your impact and tireless commitment to your work. We kick off the month with an opportunity for you to nominate the early childhood educator of the year. Continue here.

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April 2022

April kicks off an important couple of months for the early childhood community. This week, DIEEC is celebrating the “Week of the Young Child’, NAEYC’s initiative that designates a week to celebrate early learning, young children, their teachers, families, and communities. Continue here.

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March 2022

Happy spring, everyone! With February being a short month, we’re back quickly with our monthly newsletter. There aren’t enough days in the year to showcase the great work you are doing; however, this month, we feature another great program in our “Voices from the Field” series. Bayhealth Child Care & Learning Center in Dover, Del. is committed to serving young children and elevating the importance of early childhood in the community. Continue here.

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February 2022

Our editorial theme for February is legacy. We asked several of our early childhood professionals what legacy meant to them. Their feedback is inspiring. Our field is defined by individuals who do this work because they are passionate about caring for and educating young children. And because of this investment, the field’s impact can transcend generations. Continue here.

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January 2022

Happy New Year! I hope 2022 holds the promise of happiness and health for you and the children you serve. As we welcome the new year, we are excited at DIEEC to be offering new opportunities for the early childhood professional. Now is the time to get your CDA credential – there are resources available to support you in every step of the process. Check out the article in this issue for more details. Continue here.

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