As we end this historic year, let's take a moment to reflect on the importance of your work in the field of early care and education generally and specifically how the field adapted to so many unforeseen issues and needs.
Last spring, many early childhood programs stepped up to become emergency child care sites – revising health and safety protocols, navigating new financial constraints, all the while supporting the children and families in your programs. During the summer, more of Delaware's child care programs opened to meet the communities' increasing needs by offering high-quality programming while keeping children safe. As fall arrived, it became apparent that schools would not operate in a typical fashion and would be offering remote and hybrid options. Once again, Delaware's early care and education programs met the challenge of serving school-age children and supporting families who needed out-of-home care while their child participated in remote learning.
You – Delaware's early childhood professionals – made a difference this year as communities confronted COVID-19 and discovered new ways of working and being during this pandemic. So as we end this year, let's reflect on your accomplishments and the enormous impact you have made while hoping for a brighter 2021.