Delaware Still Lagging Behind in State-Supported Pre-K

Madeleine Bayard

According to the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), Delaware ranks 35th among states for pre-K enrollment, with only seven percent (845) of four-year olds enrolled in state-sponsored pre-K. (To see more on pre-K enrollment across the country, check out NIEER’s State of Preschool Yearbook.) Despite Delaware’s laudable progress in early childhood education, the […]


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New Data about Delaware’s Earliest Learners Reveal Need and Opportunity

Madeleine Bayard and Michelle Taylor

  In Delaware, we’ve known for years the importance of getting off to a great start. By the time a child celebrates his or her fifth birthday, nearly 90 percent of intellect, personality, and social skills are already developed. And when children arrive to kindergarten ready to learn, their chances to thrive in school skyrockets. […]


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What Makes a “Ready” Kindergartener?

Michelle Wilson and Lori Nichols

In Delaware all kindergarten teachers—including ourselves—will complete an observational assessment called the Delaware Early Learning Survey (DE-ELS) during the first 30 days of school.   We are observing various objectives under six domains of developmental growth: physical, social-emotional, language, cognitive, literacy, and mathematics. You can read more about these domains here.   This tool gives […]


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10 Questions with Michelle Shaivitz of DEAEYC

Matt Amis

  With momentum continuing to build in Delaware, there’s never been a better time to get involved in early childhood education. We talked with Michelle Shaivitz, executive director of the Delaware Association for the Education of Young Children to learn more about advocacy, supporting the workforce, and where our state should focus next.   Tell […]


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Digging Deeper: Early Childhood Educators are Woefully Underpaid

Rodel Foundation of Delaware

More young Delawareans and their families are accessing high-quality early learning today than ever before, thanks to some key investments, collaboration, and leadership over the past several years. Today, more than 1,200 programs participate in the Star rating system. Eighty-three percent of low-income children—that’s more than 15,000 kids—are participating in highly rated Stars programs, up […]


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