Stay connected with up-to-date information from DIEEC and our state partners. Additionally, this site is where you’ll find health and safety information, including all relevant COVID-19 guidance information for early childhood education programs in Delaware.

Latest News

  1. Do you know an outstanding early childhood educator helping shape the minds of young children?

  2. Panel Discussion – “Challenging Behaviors: Partnering for Positive Outcomes.” Week of the Young Child Wednesday, April 5 at 6:30 p.m. (virtual)

  3. As the Office of Early Learning has shared, the next step in the revision of the Quality Improvement System (QIS) is ready for feedback.

  4. DIEEC and five other partners a cooperative agreement to establish and operate the first-of-its-kind National Early Care and Education (ECE) Workforce Center.

  5. The Delaware Department of Education’s (DDOE) Office of Early Learning (OEL) would like you to consider applying for ECAP and/or Redding “seats” for your program.

DIEEC Updates

State Partner Updates

Health and Safety Updates

The following resources will provide you with the most updated information to operate your program safely during COVID-19.

There are no additional requirements from the Office of Child Care Licensing (OCCL) or the Delaware Department of Health (DPH) due to COVID-19 at this time.

All licensed programs must follow DELACARE regulations set out from the Office of Child Care Licensing. These regulations are found at

It is recommended that programs follow the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for early childhood education settings.  Check back frequently, as this guidance continues to be updated. 

Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccines is located here:

Information regarding where to get vaccinated in Delaware and vaccine resources can be found here:

Newsletters and Blogs

REACH Newsletter

February 2023

During the cold months in the middle of winter, it can be helpful to think about what lies ahead. Our editorial focus this month is self-care. Self-care is an especially important topic for all of you who spend your time caring for others. In our Voice

Professional Pursuits

March 2023

This March marks three years since the onset of the pandemic. As we get back to a pre-pandemic rhythm, we are excited to have more opportunities to connect with you in person while also offering online training to accommodate your schedules and support your learning style.

Coach’s Corner

Megan Pallente

January 2023

“It takes a village.” If you have raised a child, you have likely heard this phrase a time or two. The phrase reminds parents/guardians/caregivers that they cannot (and shouldn’t have to) do it all on their own.

Provider Spotlight

March 2023

It is imperative to have men in early childhood education, but why? According to recent research by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (naeyc), early childhood education plays a critical part in young children’s gender identit