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. Funding will provide access to high-quality, affordable childcare for parents pursuing an education at the University of Delaware. With a New $2 Million Federal Grant,

  2. Family child care (FCC) educators from across the state of Delaware gathered to further their professional development and build relationships with colleagues.

  3. Universal supports are available to ALL licensed programs Delaware Stars, the state’s quality improvement system, has undergone a revision over the past several years. A

  4. The Delaware Department of Education shared the following announcement on Friday, November 3, 2023.

  5. A Recap of the 2nd Annual First State Family Child Care Conference DIEEC staff members pose with keynote speaker, Jerletha McDonald. (center) On a rainy,

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

April 2024

Spring brings new opportunities for us to reflect on and renew our commitment to supporting the growth and wellbeing of the early childhood workforce and the young children and families we serve. As part of this month’s celebration of Week of the Young

Professional Pursuits

May 2023

Do you remember the first day of being a classroom teacher? I sure do! I was so anxious and couldn’t help but doubt myself; was I ready for this? With so many of you new to the early childhood field, those first day (and year!) jitters are still fresh in your minds. The days are challenging, busy, and very full.

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 2024

Cathy Lopez-Cooling, administrator of the Children’s House Montessori program in Wilmington Del., participated in DIEEC’s Anti-Bias Education: Diversity professional learning experience (PLE) in February of this year. Following the first sessions of th