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As of June 15, 2020, all Delaware families may access child care and all licensed child care providers may operate, provided they follow applicable DELACARE regulations as well as the additional health and safety requirements developed by the Office of Child Care Licensing and the Division of Public Health.
Families in need of child care may use the Office of Child Care Licensing "search for child care" map, recognizing that not all providers may have reopened at this time or may have limited enrollment or hours. Please contact the program directly to inquire about their current availability of care.
For more information about child care during COVID-19, providers and families should go to coronavirus.delaware.gov/child-care.
Family child care providers are required to follow Delacare: Regulations for Family and Large Family Child Care Homes to operate a licensed family child care home.
DELACARE: Regulations for Family and Large Family Child Care Homes
DELACARE: Regulations for Family and Large Family Child Care Homes
These forms are used for family child care homes and will help you to follow DELACARE Rules.
- Accident or Injury Report
- Adult Health Appraisal
- Annual Training Form - FCCH
- Annual Parents Right to Know Notice Log Kent and Sussex
- Annual Parents Right to Know Notice Log New Castle
- Child File Checklist
- Child Health Appraisal
- Child Information Card
- CPR and First Aid Training Resource List
- Diabetes Medical Management Plan
- Emergency Phone Numbers
- Emergency Plan
- Infant Daily Log
- Infant Feeding Schedule
- Level II Provider Request Form
- Medication Administration Record - Emergency or as Needed Use
- Medication Administration Record – Routine or Limited Use
- Menu Evaluation Form (Kent and Sussex)
- Menu Evaluation Form (NCC)
- Monthly Fire Prevention Inspection Checklist and Drill
- Orientation Record Substitute for Emergency Use
- Orientation Record Substitute for Non-Emergency Use
- Parent/Guardian Handbook for FCC and LFCC
- Parents Right to Know Notice-Kent and Sussex Counties - for tours
- Parents Right to Know Notice-New Castle County - for tours
- Pre-Service Training Resource List
- Relocation License Application - FCCH
- Renewal License Application - FCCH
- Required Parent Permissions (Kent and Sussex)
- Required Parent Permissions (NCC)
- Sample Authorization for Care by Non-Intravenous Injection
- Sample Release and Waiver of Liability for Non-intravenous Injection
- Variance Request
If you are interested in opening a Family Child Care Home, please review the upcoming 2020 training calendar for FCC and LFCC. Once you decide on a day and time, sign up for Family Child Care Home Information Session to be registered or call 302-892-5800 in New Castle County or 302-739-5487 in Kent and Sussex Counties.
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.
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.
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.
Self-Study Guide to Prepare for the Test
- Administration of Medication Self-Study Guide - English
- Administration of Medication Self-Study Guide - Spanish
Due to COVID-19, the Office of Child Care Licensing is not conducting in-person testing. Once the State returns to normal operating procedures, you will be able to register for a test.
If you are planning to administer non-intravenous injections, additional training as stipulated by the child’s health care provider is required. The following forms will also need to be completed: Diabetes Medical Management Plan, Sample Release and Waiver of Liability for Non-intravenous Injection and Sample Authorization for Care by Non-Intravenous Injection.
Delaware Stars can help you improve the quality of your program.
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.
Grants and other funding are available to improve the quality of care or to purchase necessary items.
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 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.
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.
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 (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
These websites may be used to enhance your program, provide you with information, and help answer questions you may have.