First Start Delaware Early Head Start a federal grant awarded to The Delaware Department of Education, DOE will partner with child care and Head Start providers to expand quality early learning opportunities for some of Delaware’s highest need infants and toddlers and to provide enhanced services to their families. With the help of technical assistance and on-site coaching, First Start Delaware
partners will exemplify models of excellence that can inform our State’s early learning work. Seventy-two children will receive full day, full year child care services that meet the rigorous Early Head Start standards. Families will be provided “comprehensive” services that include: health and developmental screenings; expanded family engagement opportunities that include home visits, conferences, volunteer opportunities and involvement in the program’s governance decision-making; supports to achieve family-identified needs and interests such as GED attainment; and health and nutrition services. Staff will receive necessary training to attain the minimum requirement of a Child Development Associate within the first eighteen months of the program and will be guided through relationship-based programming for both children and families through various nationally-recognized training and the Head Start and Child Care National Centers of Technical Assistance. Delaware’s early childhood community will benefit by learning from the models provided by First Start Delaware’s participants, with a portion of the funding used for an evaluation study that will help to inform future infant-toddler programs for the state. The grant began in January 1, 2015.