May 2016

Advocacy Day highlights the impact of early childhood education on Delaware's young children--especially those from low-income families
Click the photo to view the Advocacy Day Album on our Great Starts Facebook page
The Delaware Association for the Education of Young Children (DAEYC) proudly announces the success of 2016's Advocacy Day.  On May 4th, early learning advocates came out to show their gratitude for Governor Markell's proposed budget and to thank legislators for supporting early learning in Delaware.  The day of events kicked off with the Delaware Readiness Team's celebration with over 120 people in attendance and a meeting of the Delaware Early Childhood Council.  Events continued with a rally where, despite the rain, nearly 100 people came out.  More than a dozen advocates were able to speak directly to their legislators, and the advocacy work continues with seven child care center visits for legislators in the coming weeks. If you would like to participate you can become a DAEYC member and/or serve on the advocacy committee.  There are many ways to become an early learning champion, including simply sharing the advocacy resources below with your networks.  For more information please contact Dr. Michelle Shaivitz, DAEYC Executive Director at   

Delaware Early Education: early childhood development drives success in school & life.
Delaware Early Education: early childhood development drives success in school & life.

Click here for shareable early learning advocacy resources including an inf ographic and Power Point presentation and visit our Facebook page to watch and share our new Great Starts video series advocating for high quality early childhood education in Delaware.

Want to improve early childhood workforce compensations and qualifications? We need your help!

Calling all licensed center and school-age program administrators and educators!  
Earlier this month, the University of Delaware's Center for Applied Demography & Survey Research sent out a workforce questionnaire to center-based early childhood educators and administrators.
If you have not yet completed this survey, please do so and mail it back today! We need good data to inform future state initiatives that will better support teachers and administrators.
We know how hard you all work and that it takes time and effort to complete these surveys.  We deeply appreciate your cooperation and thank you in advance for your participation!  
If you did not receive the questionnaire, or if it was misplaced, please call (302) 831-3320 and one will be mailed to you right away.  
WDEL promotes Parents as Teachers in interview

Christine Hoeflich-Olley, Program Manager for Parents as Teachers - Kent & Sussex, was rec ently interviewed by talk show host and syndicated columnist, Rick Jensen, on home visiting and parent education and their relation to promoting school readiness, social-emotional health for youth, and positive and healthy school climates from pre-K through high school. Check out the interview here.
Family Child Care provider featured on front page of Delaware State News
Click the photo to see more pictures on our Great Starts Facebook page
Carrette Cameron, a T.E.A.C.H. scholar, Delaware Readiness Team member, and Family Child Care provider in the city of Dover, was recently featured on the front page of the Delaware State News in an article on Delaware Technical Community College's graduation. She graduated from DTCC's Terry Campus earlier this month with an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Carrette is continuing her education at Wilmington University for bachelor's degree in ECE. She is a Star level 4 and has been a partner with the First Start Delaware: Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership since its inception. 
Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) announces strategic priorities

As part of its commitment to ensuring optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for young children and adolescents, DPH has chosen nine "child health priorities" - challenges on which it will focus its efforts. DPH invites partners to share their time, talent, and experience in helping achieve these goals.

 Read about DPH's strategic priorities here.



Standing Together Against Suspension and Expulsion in Early Childhood

New America's Early & Elementary Policy program recently joined over 30 other organizations in signing a joint statement against suspension and expulsion in the early years. Shayna Cook highlights more appropriate discipline interventions.
Read the article here

Principal leadership in K-3: four key recommendations


New America Ed Central has issued a series about elementary school principal perspectives on early childhood education. The following four key recommendations are made in the last paper:

1) States should incorporate early childhood education into principal preparation.

2) States and school districts should provide ongoing professional learning opportunities related to early education.

3) States and school districts should invest in opportunities to bring elementary school principals and center directors together.

4) States should take advantage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to support this work.

Read the paper here.
Save the Dates

June 2nd: National Center on Afterschool & Summer Enrichment, "Summer Learning: Promising Practices and Innovation Strategies," webinar register here
June 22nd: 14th Annual Policy & Practice Institute: Delaware's Conference on Public Education, Dover register here

June 25th: Delaware Early Childhood Center's "Roll and Read" Parents as Teachers Conference, Milford information on the event and sponsor application here

Final Note
Visit our Great Starts Facebook page to see essays from high school ECE students about their first experience at Advocacy Day, for a television clip of the Milford Children's Community Gardens project that was recently highlighted in the Delaware Department of Education's Take Note, and to watch and share the new video series advocating for high quality early learning in Delaware.

You can find early learning news and articles on the DOE Facebook page:

And, always, be sure to visit and like us on Facebook for early learning resources.
Office of Early Learning, Delaware Department of Education
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