Most Recent Announcement:

June 13, 2022

The Office of Child Care Licensing (OCCL) recently updated the DELACARE: Regulations for Early Care and Education and School-Age Centers. OCCL will be hosting five virtual trainings to discuss the regulation changes and to answer any questions that you may have. Attendance is encouraged for all administrators.
The trainings will be held on the following dates and times:

  • June 15, 2022 at 1:30 pm
  • June 15, 2022 at   6 pm
  • June 16, 2022 at 1:30 pm
  • June 16, 2022 at 6 pm
  • June 22, 2022 at 6 pm

Please email Susan Lang at Susan.Lang@doe.k12.de.us to request the link for the training that you wish to attend.

June 1, 2022

Due to a recent change in DE Code, many previously license-exempt public, charter, and private schools that are serving children below the age of kindergarten will now be required to be licensed by July 1, 2024. The Office of Child Care Licensing will be hosting virtual information sessions for these programs on the following dates and times:

  • Thursday, June 9, 2022, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

These sessions are open only to previously exempt facilities and attendance is required in order to begin the licensing process. Please contact Susan Lang at Susan.Lang@doe.k12.de.us as soon as possible to register.

March 1, 2022

To All Licensed Child Care Providers,

Effective at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, the State of Emergency in Delaware, including the mask wearing requirement in child care facilities (and in K-12 public and private schools) will end.  This means that the wearing of masks in licensed child care facilities is no longer required.  However, each individual business may decide  for themselves if this practice will continue in their child care setting.
You may choose to voluntarily wear a face mask at any time. We encourage people who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 or have not received a booster dose to take this added measure today. For a complete list of locations where vaccines are available, visit the Delaware COVID-19 website.
Please note that with the CDC’s new county-by-county community level tracker, if one or more counties in our state reaches a HIGH level of COVID-19 infection and hospitalization rates, Delaware will revisit whether to re-impose the mandatory wearing of face masks or other policies.

Recommended Routine COVID-19 Procedures

  • In addition to layered mitigation strategies such as distancing, ventilation, and vaccination, routine procedures are the minimum protections the Division of Public Health recommends being adopted to keep children and adults healthy and able to attend child care.
  • Providers may discontinue quarantine for close contacts except household contacts.
  • When someone is a household close contact who is up to date with their COVID vaccine, those individuals should wear masks for 10 days following the last date of exposure in the household and get tested on day 5 following the last date of exposure.
  • When someone tests positive they should:
    • Isolate at home for 5 days* and, if symptoms have resolved, return after day 5 and wear a mask in child care for the next 5 days.   Or,
    • Isolate at home for 10* days (required if unable to wear a mask in child care for the additional 5 days).

*Count the days from first day after symptoms or the first day after a positive test, whichever is earlier. Return date must be at least 5 days after start of any symptoms, with at least 24 hours fever-free without fever reducing medication.

  • Any individual with COVID symptoms should stay out of the child care facility until they have tested and have received negative results.

Ventilation: In an environment without masks, maintaining good air circulation becomes an even more important tool for reducing transmission of COVID-19. Please continue taking steps to improve ventilation by opening windows when possible, upgrading HVAC systems, purchasing air filters readily available online, and spending time outdoors.

Please contact your licensing specialist with any questions.

Previous Announcements:

March 1, 2022

To All Licensed Child Care Providers,

Effective at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, the State of Emergency in Delaware, including the mask wearing requirement in child care facilities (and in K-12 public and private schools) will end.  This means that the wearing of masks in licensed child care facilities is no longer required.  However, each individual business may decide  for themselves if this practice will continue in their child care setting.
You may choose to voluntarily wear a face mask at any time. We encourage people who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 or have not received a booster dose to take this added measure today. For a complete list of locations where vaccines are available, visit the Delaware COVID-19 website.
Please note that with the CDC’s new county-by-county community level tracker, if one or more counties in our state reaches a HIGH level of COVID-19 infection and hospitalization rates, Delaware will revisit whether to re-impose the mandatory wearing of face masks or other policies.

Recommended Routine COVID-19 Procedures

  • In addition to layered mitigation strategies such as distancing, ventilation, and vaccination, routine procedures are the minimum protections the Division of Public Health recommends being adopted to keep children and adults healthy and able to attend child care.
  • Providers may discontinue quarantine for close contacts except household contacts.
  • When someone is a household close contact who is up to date with their COVID vaccine, those individuals should wear masks for 10 days following the last date of exposure in the household and get tested on day 5 following the last date of exposure.
  • When someone tests positive they should:
    • Isolate at home for 5 days* and, if symptoms have resolved, return after day 5 and wear a mask in child care for the next 5 days.   Or,
    • Isolate at home for 10* days (required if unable to wear a mask in child care for the additional 5 days).

*Count the days from first day after symptoms or the first day after a positive test, whichever is earlier. Return date must be at least 5 days after start of any symptoms, with at least 24 hours fever-free without fever reducing medication.

  • Any individual with COVID symptoms should stay out of the child care facility until they have tested and have received negative results.

Ventilation: In an environment without masks, maintaining good air circulation becomes an even more important tool for reducing transmission of COVID-19. Please continue taking steps to improve ventilation by opening windows when possible, upgrading HVAC systems, purchasing air filters readily available online, and spending time outdoors.

Please contact your licensing specialist with any questions.


January 6, 2022

Due to a recent change in DE Code, many previously license-exempt public, charter, and private schools that are serving children below the age of kindergarten will now be required to be licensed by January 1, 2023. The Office of Child Care Licensing will be hosting virtual information sessions for these programs on the following dates and times:

  • Wednesday, February 2, 2022, from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • Wednesday, March 16, 2022, from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • Monday, April 7, 2022, from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • Tuesday, May 10, 2022, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
  • Thursday, June 9, 2022, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

These five sessions are open only to previously exempt facilities and attendance is required in order to begin the licensing process. Please contact Susan Lang at Susan.Lang@doe.k12.de.us as soon as possible to register.

December 2, 2021

To Licensed Family, Large Family, and Center Child Care Providers,

  1. Effective January 1, 2022, all CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) initial certifications as well as renewal certifications must contain the hands-on skill demonstration component to be acceptable to OCCL. Refer to Center Regulation #35 A 2 and Family/Large Family Regulation #56A. The temporary waiving of this requirement will no longer be in place as of January 1, 2022. Any certifications issued prior to January 1, 2022 and already submitted to OCCL without the hands-on skills demonstration will remain valid until they expire.
  1. The variance granted by OCCL on the use of interns in centers will continue. The variance pertains to center regulations 24K and 87D. As a reminder:
    1. How interns will be used in an individual child care center is the decision of each facility until the variance is withdrawn by OCCL. Providers will be informed at least 30 days in advance of any change.
    2. A licensed child care center may follow the current DELACARE Regulations regarding the use of Early Childhood or School-Age Interns or may follow the modified requirements shown below. An Intern may be alone with children after meeting these requirements:
  • Is qualified as at least an early childhood or school-age intern by Delaware First or DEEDS Early Learning;
  • Is at least 18 years old;
  • Has been determined eligible by the Criminal History Unit after completion of a comprehensive background check; and
  • Has at least one month of employment at the current center and has been oriented to the policies and procedures of that center and DELACARE Regulations.

It is recommended that centers place their more experienced staff with the younger children they serve. Remember, an Early Childhood or School-Age Aide may never be alone with children.

Please contact your licensing specialist with any questions.


September 27, 2021

COVID-19 is a communicable disease that must be reported to Public Health. As a courtesy, please inform your licensing specialist as well. To report new positive COVID-19 cases to the Division of Public Health (DPH), use DE COVID-19 Cases/Contact Reporting (CCR) Portal (delaware.gov). In addition to making a report, you may request a clearance letter, and request a call back from an epidemiologist. Alternatively, continue to submit the data collection form via Fax (302-223-1540) or Email reportdisease@delaware.gov and indicate if you need a call back. If you have a question, please call 888-295- 5156 and leave only one message.

Reminder: Child care providers shall recommend mask use by children ages 2 through pre-kindergarten. Child care providers shall require mask use by children in kindergarten through twelfth grade, plus all staff, family members, and visitors inside the child care facility, regardless of vaccination status.


August 17, 2020

The Office of Child Care Licensing is offering an online version of Administration of Medication. To register and access the training, please follow these steps:

  1. Go to https://dieecpd.org.
  2. Next log in or create an account.
  3. Go to the Professional Learning tab and click on online learning.
  4. Click on the link for DEPDNow online training opportunities.
  5. Scroll down to Administration of Medication Certification. Click register now on the right.
  6. On the registration received tab, click on the blue Administration of Medication Certification and this will take you to depdnow.com. To access training, click on “My Profile” which will take you to your Dashboard. Click on Training Title on Dashboard then click here to access course.
  7. Log into DEPDNOW with the same email and password that you used for DIEEC.
  8. If you have issues, please contact (888) 882-5294 for assistance.

February 11, 2021

The Office of Child Care Licensing is now offering, “Health and Safety Training for Child Care Professionals.” This seven-hour quality-assured training is designed for family and large family child care homes as well as child care centers. It covers emergency preparedness including disaster and evacuation plans; safe sleep procedures including prevention of sudden infant death syndrome, shaken baby syndrome, and abusive head trauma; prevention and response to emergencies due to food allergies; building and physical premises safety; handling and storage of hazardous materials; proper disposal of bio-contaminants; administration of medication, prevention and control of infectious diseases including immunizations, and how to transport children safely. This training may be used to meet many of the orientation topic requirements or to count toward annual health and safety training requirementsTo register and access the training, please follow these steps:

  1. Go to https://dieecpd.org.
  2. Next log in or create an account.
  3. Go to the Professional Learning tab and click on online learning.
  4. Click on the link for DEPDNow online training opportunities.
  5. Scroll down to Health and Safety Training for Child Care Professionals. Click register now on the right.
  6. On the registration received tab, click on the blue Health and Safety Training for Child Care Professionals and this will take you to depdnow.com. To access training, click on “My Profile” which will take you to your Dashboard. Click on Training Title on Dashboard then click here to access course.
  7. Log into DEPDNOW with the same email and password that you used for DIEEC.
  8. If you have issues, please contact (888) 882-5294 for assistance.