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Regulations

Applicants are required to follow DELACARE: Regulations for Early Care and Education and School-Age Centers to operate a licensed center. View more/less

Delacare: Regulations for Early Care and Education and School-Age Centers
Effective 07/01/2015

Administrative Code

Center Regulations Information Guide

Delacare: Rules for Early Care and Education and School-Age Centers
Former requirements effective January 1, 2007.
Some requirements may still be applicable to Centers licensed prior to July 1, 2015

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Forms

These forms are used for centers and will help you to follow DELACARE Rules. View more/less

Post a Job Opening

If you wish to hire staff, create a free job posting.  Your posting will automatically be deleted after 4 weeks.

Upcoming Training

Four types of training can be found here: information sessions for potential applicants, administrator training, as well as community-based and quality-assured annual training. View more/less

Information Sessions

If you are interested in opening an Early Care and Education or School-Age Center, please review the upcoming training calendar for 2018.  Once you decide on a day and time, sign up for Center Information Session to be registered or call 302-892-5800 in New Castle County or 302-739-5487 in Kent and Sussex Counties.

Administrator Training

If you are interested in learning the Delacare: Regulations for Early Care and Education and School-Age Centers and ways to maintain compliance while saving your sanity, please review the upcoming administrator training calendar . Once you decide on a day and time, please enter the information on the administrator training registration form to sign up or call 302-892-5800 in New Castle County or 302-739-5487 in Kent and Sussex Counties. Training certificates for attending this one and a half hour training will be issued.

Community-Based Training

Attention community-based trainers: in an effort to increase the amount of trainings offered to the child care provider community, you can now post your upcoming trainings on this site. Please enter the required information on the Post a Community-Based Training form or call 302-892-5800 in New Castle County or 302-739-5487 in Kent and Sussex Counties.

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Quality-Assured Training

Taking quality-assured training is the best way to make sure the training is appropriate, meaningful, includes best practices, and is taught by a highly competent instructor.  Please visit DIEEC Professional Development, Delaware Professional Development Now, or Provider Pursuits to view quality-assured training. Provider Pursuits is a publication of the Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood. It provides up-to-date information for Delaware’s early care and education professionals.

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Administration of Medication

As a child care provider, in order to give medicine to children, Administration of Medication training is needed. Once you successfully pass the test, you will receive your certification. View more/less

To prepare for the test, please use the Administration of Medication Self-Study Guide

Registration Schedule and Form

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Selling or Buying an Existing Center

Here is information to guide you through the process of selling or buying a center. View more/less

If you are planning on selling or purchasing an existing center, please contact the licensing specialist for that facility.  The buyer will need to attend a center orientation and complete the application process.  Once that process is complete, letters stating the date and time of the change in ownership are to be provided to the Office of Child Care Licensing from both the applicant and the owner, confirming the change of ownership.  Once an on-site compliance review has been conducted, the new applicant will be issued an initial-provisional license, assuming the facility is in compliance with DELACARE Rules.

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Register to Participate in Supervised Experience

If you are looking to reduce the amount of experience required for certain center positions, you will need to register in advance. View more/less

Those working toward qualifying as an early childhood curriculum coordinator, early childhood teacher, early childhood assistant teacher, or school-age site assistant are now able to reduce the experience required by half by participating in supervised experience.  Please complete this registration form and use the Supervised Experience Form to document the supervised experience.   After the required time has passed and the documentation is completed, send the Request for Supervised Experience to DSCYF/Office of Child Care Licensing, 1825 Faulkland Road, Wilmington DE 19805 to Kelly McDowell’s attention. Once it is received and approved, the staff will be issued a supervised experience certificate.  This certificate may be sent to Delaware First and used to qualify for the above listed positions, assuming the staff meets the education requirements.

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Delaware Stars

Delaware Stars can help you improve the quality of your program. View more/less

If you are interested in participating in Delaware Stars, a quality improvement program, you must first be sure that you meet the eligibility requirements. Programs are eligible to apply to Delaware Stars if they have been open and serving families with a current, valid license from the Office of Child Care Licensing for a minimum of 6 months and at the time of application are not under any enforcement action, including suspension, probation, or warning of probation. In addition, there must be no outstanding concerns with Purchase of Care (POC) or the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Please visit Delaware Stars to apply.

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Grants/Funding

Grants and other funding are available to improve the quality of care or to purchase necessary items.View more/less

Capacity Grant

The Capacity Grant provides funding for quality improvement technical assistance strategies and grant resources to licensed child care programs to increase the supply of child care in areas where it is limited. Please visit Capacity Grant to apply.

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Delaware

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Delaware provides scholarships for those working in licensed child care centers and family and large family child care homes. To learn more, please visit T.E.A.C.H.

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Subsidy Programs

The Child and Adult Care Food Program and Purchase of Care are two programs that help improve low income families' access to quality child care homes and centers. View more/less

The Child & Adult Care Food Program

The Child & Adult Care Food Program improves the quality of care for children by making it more affordable for many low-income families. Through CACFP, more than 3.3 million children receive nutritious meals and snacks each day.  See how CACFP can make a difference in the quality of care! As a participating program, you will become part of a nationwide effort to improve children’s nutrition and will be teaching those children the foundation of a healthy lifestyle.

The following three agencies Catholic Charities, Delaware Parents Association, and Children and Families First manage the CACFP for child care centers, large family child care homes, and family child care homes in Delaware. lease contact an agency for more information about joining the CACFP.

Purchase of Care

Purchase of Care (POC) is a program that helps low-income families pay for their child care.
As a provider, you have the option of contracting with the Division of Social Services DSS) to care for children enrolled in POC.  Becoming a POC provider means that you will accept DSS payment rates and will not charge parents any additional fees, other than those allowed in the contract.

If you do not want to come under POC contract and you are a licensed provider you can still accept POC children via Self-Arranged. This means the POC parent pays your full ate directly, but is only reimbursed the POC rate portion by DSS after you sign their monthly receipt for services.

If you are interested in contracting with POC, please contact the DSS Child Care Monitor for your county.

New Castle County   302-255-9670
Kent County              302-739-4437
Sussex County          302-856-5569

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Useful Links

These websites may be used to enhance your program, provide you with information, and help answer questions you may have.