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

Early Care & Education Centers

In Delaware Stars we use the standards to define one part of the quality rating.  The standards are based on a framework that supports best and developmentally appropriate practices in the classroom and across a child care program in four areas: Learning Environment and Curriculum, Family and Community Partnerships, Management and Administration, and Professional Development and Qualifications.  These standards go above and beyond what the Office of Child Care Licensing (OCCL) requires programs to maintain and are organized by program type.

Early Child Care Programs Standards  (ECE) 2014

For the Early Care & Education verification manual click here ECE Verification Manual – Rev. July 2015. Please click here for frequently asked questions on the Early Care & Education Standards Verification Manual FAQs for ERS Revised Feb 2018 For more information on the process of verification click here

Your Delaware Stars database provides a fast easy way to apply for grants, review staff qualifications, submit your quality improvement plan, request an Environment Rating Scale assessment and verification visits and more!

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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.