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. 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.

  5. 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.

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

September 2023

Welcome to the September edition of REACH, your trusted resource with streamlined information and supports for Delaware’s early childhood professionals. As we jump into the new school year and get ready to welcome fall, we are excited to bring you valu

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

Split-screen image of the 2023 DIEEC Early Childhood Educators of the Year: Kristen Swift (left side) and Lindsey Mulvena (right side)

May 2023

May was an exciting month of celebrations, including Provider Appreciation festivities and DIEEC’s Early Childhood Educator of the Year. We thought it was only fitting to focus this latest installment of Voices from the Field on 2023’s winner