For Parents


Head Start & Early Childhood Assistance Program (ECAP)

  • The purpose of the Delaware Head Start State Collaboration Project is to serve as a liaison between the regional office, Head Start grantees and state agencies providing services to low-income families.
  • The mission of the Collaboration Project is to create a visible presence for Head Start at the state level in policymaking, partnerships, initiatives, and decisions that affect low-income children and their families
  • Early Childhood Assistance Programs are state-funded, comprehensive child development programs for low-income families with children age four and eligible for kindergarten the following year. These programs follow the Head Start Performance Standards.

IDEA Part B 619

  • The Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B Section 619 Preschool (also known as Part B 619) is intended to help states ensure that all preschool‐aged children (3 through 5 years of age) with disabilities receive special education and related services. State education agencies (SEAs) receive this funding, and through them, local education agencies (LEAs) and educational service agencies are eligible for grants under this program.

Parents as Teachers (PAT)

  • The Parents as Teachers Program provides parent education services to parents with first born children. Beginning at birth up through thirty-six months, parents receive monthly home visits from a trained parent educator. The purpose of each visit is to provide information to parents about their children and strategies to further promote and facilitate their children’s development.
    Services are available statewide, with programs operating in all three counties. The program largely targets Parents as Teachers (PAT) services to children most at-risk for later learning challenges. Currently, the PAT program provides services to 1,400 children/families. The emphasis of the Department is to provide families with the information and resources necessary to allow them to support their children. This support results in families acquiring the skills to become nurturers of their children’s development and their children’s first teachers.

Great Starts Delaware

  • Launched by the Office of Early Learning and developed with key partners in Delaware’s early childhood system, offers some outstanding resources for families with young children to learn how important early learning is for young children, how to find quality early learning programs and access to current information about the development of children from birth to five.

Choosing a Child Care Facility:

Referral Services & Resources

Early Learning Foundations

Kindergarten Readiness

Child Development

  • Developmental Milestones: Tracking a child’s developmental milestones from six months to four years.
  • Milestone Moments: A document to help follow a child’s development by watching how he or she plays, learns, speaks, and acts.
  • Child Development Watch: The statewide early intervention program for children ages birth to 3. The program’s mission is to enhance the development of infants and toddlers with disabilities or developmental delays and to enhance the capacity of their families to meet the needs of their young children.


Health & Safety

  • Emergency Plan
  • Emotional Wellness: Outlines Delaware’s six goals to ensuring emotional wellness of all young children and their families within their communities. The subject of the goals include: prevention, early intervention and treatment, educational opportunities, public will, governance, financing, and results.
  • Let’s Move! Child Care
  • Playground Safety: The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has put together a list of guidelines to assist with playground safety.
  • Safe Kids Safety Seat Program: Safe Kids Delaware and the Office of Highway Safety have partnered to provide low cost car seats for families in need.
  • Quit Day – How to protect infants from cigarette smoke in homes & daycare center’s.
  • American Lung Association

Information Resources