Early childhood education: one of the best investments we can make in Delaware. 

Research shows that providing a high quality education for children before they turn five yields significant long-term benefits such as:

  • Crime reduction
  • Reduction in high school dropout rates
  • College and career readiness
  • Global competitiveness
  • Economic well-being


Did you know?

  • That the person who makes your coffee at the local coffee shop makes more money on average than the person who takes care of your young child all day?
  • That each dollar spent on early childhood education saves $7.00 to $9.00 for the future of that individual?
  • Delaware has 67,787 early learners and 42% of them are from low income families living at or below the poverty level? 


deaeyc is the only Delaware nonprofit solely focused on The Early Learning Workforce

  • Workforce Development for Birth – 8 educators
    • T.E.A.C.H. scholarships for educators pursuing higher education
    • WAGE$ program providing bonuses to educators who complete degree acquisition
    • Accredited professional development classes and workshops
  • Wrap around services and referrals for Birth – 8 educators
    • Consistent, onsite problem solving and referrals
    • Community school model for child care centers
  • Statewide advocacy for Birth – 8 educators
    • deaeyc leadership represents & organizes member advocacy with Delaware Legislature
    • Lead organization for Early Childhood Advocacy Day


There are many ways that you can help!

Sponsorship levels:

  • Head of the Class Sponsor $40,000.00
  • Teacher’s Pet Sponsor $20,000.00
  • Class Act Sponsor $10,000.00
  • Community Sponsor $5,000.00
  • Partner Sponsor $1500.00
  • Friend Sponsor $500.00 


How does your contribution help others in Delaware?

$20,000 provides financial assistance for 16 families impacted and in need of immediate assistance – This assistance helps a family purchase items such as: food, lodging, clothing, and other critical needs.

$10,000 provides support for increased compensation for early childhood professionals – This service provides wage supplements to those who have dedicated their lives to teaching our youngest population, and have had more than ten years of service in the profession.

$5,000 covers the cost to send early learning professionals to advanced training – this service is designed to increase the education and knowledge of those working in the classrooms with children birth to 2nd grade. 

$1,500 provides bus passes for an entire year for a family to get to work and take their child to quality child care center –This service is an essential part of our support services that we provide for a families living in poverty yet working to pull themselves out.

$500 provides membership opportunities to early learning educators – This service is an essential part of the path to professionalism for our early learning professionals and includes; supports, resources, national discounts, and increased professional opportunities.  

The Delaware Association for the Education of Young children (deaeyc) is an affiliate of the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the leading membership association for those working with and on behalf of children from birth through age eight.

For More Information, Contact: Dr. Michelle D. Shaivitz, Executive Director at