Delaware Stars : Stars Program Spotlights
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

Stars Program Spotlights

We are proud of all of the early childhood and school-age care educators in Delaware, for opening their doors to young children and providing early learning and nurturing to our youngest citizens. We enjoy celebrating the achievements and success of our shining stars. Send us pictures and a brief description of your program, why you chose early childhood as a profession, what you love about early learning and caring for children, how you connect with families and your community, and we will “Spotlight” you! Please send to delawarestars@udel.edu

Program Spotlight: Beginnings and Beyond

When Danielle Harrison, owner of “Beginnings and Beyond” was seventeen she had a dream of having her own daycare center. In fact, her husband drew a sketch of her vision that continues to hang on her office wall.

After a career in human resources, her dream was realized when she opened the first location of “Beginnings and Beyond” in Dover, Del.

“I have always loved children,” says Danielle. “And when I had my own, I knew even more what kind of child care program I wanted to create for families.”

Her goals included establishing really strong connections with both her staff and the families she serves. She utilizes technology including an application that keeps families’ informed as well as a lot of face-to-face communications.

“I like to be in the classroom to both connect with teachers and the children,” says Danielle.

As a result, there is very low teacher turnover. And “Beginnings and Beyond” is thriving with two locations in Dover serving children from infant through preschool age. Additionally, both sites offer before and after care for school-age children.

Danielle credits Delaware Stars for providing her with fresh ideas and the resources to keep pursuing her dream.

“Stars has helped us replenish our supplies and to continually invest so we can offer quality care,” adds Danielle.

If you are thinking about joining Delaware Stars or would like to talk to someone about joining, please contact us at 302-831-3239 or email delawarestars@udel.edu

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