Digging Deeper: When the School-to-Prison Pipeline Starts in Preschool

Shyanne Miller

  Last month, the Office of Civil Rights released federal data that re-affirmed disproportionate discipline outcomes for public schools students by race, gender, and disability status. For many, this data confirms a need to address the school-to-prison pipeline—that is, the policies and practices that push historically underserved students (primarily students of color and students with […]


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Growing Early Learning to Meet Growing Needs: Q&A with Sec. Susan Bunting

Madeleine Bayard

    Delaware’s Secretary of Education, Dr. Susan Bunting, has a penchant for quality early learning. The Selbyville native, who previously helmed one of the state’s largest districts in Indian River, is a firm believer in the powers of high-quality pre-K. It’s why she helped spearhead the acclaimed Project V.I.L.L.A.G.E. program for four-year-olds who came […]


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State Reimbursements Don’t Cover Even Half the Cost of Childcare

Madeleine Bayard

    As any parent will tell you, childcare is important—and expensive.   And, for low-income parents who are working, training for a job, or looking for work, Delaware provides a subsidy called Purchase of Care to help pay for early learning tuition. Delaware covers about 15,000 children up to age 12 every year through […]


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What We’re Reading: A Timeless Reminder of Structural Inequity

Madeleine Bayard

  What I’m Reading: The Truly Disadvantaged: The Inner City, the Underclass, and Public Policy, by William Julius Wilson   Author William Julius Wilson has his fans far and wide. He is a National Medal of Science winner.  National Book Award winner Ta-Nehisi Coates has called him an intellectual deity, a “gawd;” and David Simon […]


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Community Collaboration: Hodgson Vo-Tech and LACC

Rodel Foundation of Delaware

A group of Hodgson Vocational Technical High School students traveled to the Latin American Community Center (LACC). What was their goal? To spread the word about good dental hygiene and gain meaningful real world experience. The Hodgson Vo-Tech students enrolled in the school’s dental assistant program are learning how to work alongside professional dentists as […]


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