Last year the funding for Delaware’s earliest learners was reduced, while programs continue to enter and move up in Stars and more children qualify for Purchase of Care funding. Our needs continue to grow, and we know that the best return is when we invest early!
Your voice is needed today!
YOU can find your state Representative HERE to contact them.
Tell your state Representative:
- Quality Early Childhood education is one of the best investments the state can make!
- Encourage the state to maintain its commitment to quality, including tiered reimbursement for programs that reach higher levels of quality in Stars – at least the $3.8M requested in the Governor’s budget as we need to invest on the growth of the STARS program.
- The state should increase the base rate that a provider receives for children using Purchase of Care. This rate is currently so low, that many providers may not be able to sustain long term care for children who receive Purchase of Care.
Children don’t have a vote — adults do. Early childhood professionals who work with children each day know the challenges that families face. We are in the best position to make a difference for children.
We need YOU to get involved and tell YOUR elected officials that we need to prioritize early childhood funding in next year’s budget.
The Delaware Association for the Education of Young Children (deaeyc) Mission Statement states with clarity its position on advocacy.
The mission of the Delaware Association for the Education of Young Children (deaeyc) is to promote national standards for early care and education as defined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC); to provide and support opportunities for professional development; to advocate for children, families, and early care and education professionals; and to build community awareness and support for the early care and education profession.
Educational Advocacy for Delaware’s young children is not only a noble goal, but also a vital one. It is essential because a high percentage (40%) of Delaware’s children, birth to age 5, live below the poverty line which impacts their ability to be successful learners. Therefore, it is not surprising that 7 out of every 10 children in Delaware are not kindergarten ready. These statistics raise profound concerns about the long term educational impact for these learners. Such concerns provide a focal point for intensive and dynamic early care advocacy. Along with this, research shows that children from low-income families at age three have heard 30 million fewer words and tend be less prepared for kindergarten and more likely to not test at grade level reading in 3rd grade.
In addition, deaeyc wants to be sure that the early childhood programs servicing these children are of the highest quality, including having educated and well compensated teaching staff. Based on 2016 data, the average child care professional in Delaware made $9.95/hr, this is not a livable wage!
deaeyc has responded to the call to advocate for our children. deaeyc programs include: T.E.A.C.H., WAGE$, W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant, and the Statewide Conference. Children, families, early care and education professionals are the direct beneficiaries of these efforts.
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