University of Delaware College of Education and Human Development
Department of Human Development & Family Studies
Delaware Department of Education
Delaware Office of Early Learning
Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood


The Professional Development Department at the Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood is dedicated to maximizing the healthy growth and development of Delaware’s children by supporting quality early care and educational programming for all children, their families and their communities. In partnership with both public and private stakeholders, the Institute works to create and sustain a responsive, data driven system for enhancing the professional knowledge and skills of those who work with children from birth through age twelve. We provide a framework and registry for linking Early Childhood Educators with professional development opportunities through instruction and individual technical support in order to create world-class early childhood programming.

The Professional Development department designs, delivers and coordinates professional development that meets the needs of a diverse workforce of 6,000 plus members working in a variety of early childhood settings including: public school, inclusive and special education environments and the private business of home-based child care.

Here are some forms to assist in professional development planning:

Family/Large Family Child Care Plans
Early Childhood Center Staff Plan
Facility Program Professional Development Plan 
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Click here to view Quality Assured OUT OF STATE Conferences and PD Opportunities

Thank you for visiting the Delaware Stars for Early Success website. Delaware Stars is a program funded and administered by Delaware Department of Education, managed by the Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood (DIEEC) in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies.