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Delaware State University Early Childhood Laboratory School
Family Engagement: Creating a Village Through Outreach Opportunities

Like other early childhood education programs, the Delaware State University (DSU) Early Childhood Lab School, was closed during the initial period of the state quarantine. Dannaé Sewell, Lab School director, and her team responded with an alternative learning experience that included a full slate of engagement opportunities. "Creating this experience for our students and families has truly taken a team effort," said Sewell. "We could not be prouder of our DSU Laboratory educators."

Their outreach involved many options even including technology, such as daily Zoom calls for circle time, singing, dancing, yoga, cooking, and virtual field trips. 

Families were involved in a variety of ways. They were sent weekly lesson plans, resources to explore developmentally appropriate activities, highlights from the week, and a preview of the following week's plan.

"It was especially important that we stay connected as a village, the same as when we were attending our center daily. " said Sewell. "However, we wanted to equally balance the American Academy of Pediatrics health and safety tips regarding screen time with our new normal. The reality is the children and families are often just happy to see their teachers' faces while in the safety of their homes.”

 We Hear You and We are Here to Help!
By: Betty Gail Timm, Director
Office of Child Care Licensing 
Department of Education
Delaware early childhood professionals have been accomplishing amazing things. Every day, you serve our youngest and most vulnerable citizens while working to protect their health and safety and the health and safety of those supporting them. Properly wearing a cloth face covering is not easy, but this requirement is in place to protect you and the children you serve. The Office of Child Care Licensing (OCCL) cannot commend you too highly; you are amazing!

In this article, we thought we would highlight some of the questions that we hear repeatedly regarding what is permitted during these unprecedented times.

New Financial Relief Options for Early Childhood Education Programs

By Anthony George, Financial Advisor
Small Business Development Center

During the last couple of months, there have been many beneficial changes to assist small businesses, like early childhood education programs, looking for disaster assistance.

In the middle of June, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA) became law. The PPPFA improved flexibility when using the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding and simplicity when applying for loan forgiveness. The covered period is extended to 24 weeks (or up to December 31, 2020). Additionally, up to 40 percent of loan proceeds can now be spent on non-payroll expenses, such as rent. For loans issued after June 5th, the payment term for the remaining balance was extended to five years.

New Live Training on Children's Love Languages
Register for Training Here

We have all been through a great deal these past four months, and the children we serve are no exception. Now is the time to continue to ensure they feel safe, supported, and also loved.

Knowing a child's love language can foster a relationship with a child that helps them know they are loved. If you do not understand how a child best gives and receives love, you may leave a child wondering if they are truly loved. Children learn better if they feel loved by their teacher.  

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