Family child care providers are required to follow DELACARE: Regulations for Family and Large Family Child Care Homes (Effective 01/01/2021)

Information Sessions

If you are interested in opening a Family Child Care Home, please review the upcoming 2021 training calendar for FCC and LFCC. Once you decide on a day and time, sign up for Family Child Care Home Information Session to be registered or call 302-892-5800 in New Castle County or 302-739-5487 in Kent and Sussex Counties.

Community-Based Training

Attention community-based trainers: In an effort to increase the amount of trainings offered to the child care provider community, you can now post your upcoming trainings on this site. Please enter the required information on the Post a Community-Based Training form or call 302-892-5800 in New Castle County or 302-739-5487 in Kent and Sussex Counties.

View New Castle County community-based training

View Kent County community-based training

View Sussex County community-based training

Quality-Assured Training

Taking quality-assured training is the best way to make sure the training is appropriate, meaningful, includes best practices, and is taught by a highly competent instructor. Please visit DIEEC Professional Development, Delaware Professional Development Now, or Professional Pursuits to view quality-assured training.

In order to give medication to children as a child care provider, you must be certified to administer medication. There are two ways to become certified.

  1. Complete the training and certification online by completing the following steps:
    • Go to the Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood (DIEEC) web site.
    • Next log in or create an account.
    • Go to the Professional Learning tab and click online learning.
    • Click the link for DEPDNow online training opportunities.
    • Scroll down to Administration of Medication Certification. Click Register Now on the right.
    • 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 Training Title on the Dashboard then click Here to access course.
    • Log into DEPDNOW with the same email and password that you used for DIEEC.

    If you have issues, please contact (888) 882-5294 for assistance.

  2. Self-study using the following Administration of Medication Self-Study Guide. You must register for the test by submitting a registration form.

Due to COVID-19, the Office of Child Care Licensing is not conducting in-person testing. Once the State returns to normal operating procedures, you will be able to register for a test.

If you are planning to administer non-intravenous injections, additional training as stipulated by the child’s health care provider is required. The following forms will also need to be completed: Diabetes Medical Management Plan, Sample Release and Waiver of Liability for Non-intravenous Injection and Sample Authorization for Care by Non-Intravenous Injection.

Delaware Stars can help you improve the quality of your program.

If you are interested in participating in Delaware Stars, a quality improvement program, you must first be sure that you meet the eligibility requirements. Programs are eligible to apply to Delaware Stars if they have been open and serving families with a current, valid license from the Office of Child Care Licensing for a minimum of 6 months and at the time of application are not under any enforcement action, including suspension, probation, or warning of probation. In addition, there must be no outstanding concerns with Purchase of Care (POC) or the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Please visit Delaware Stars to apply.

Grants and other funding are available to improve the quality of care or to purchase necessary items.

Capacity Grant

The Capacity Grant provides funding for quality improvement technical assistance strategies and grant resources to licensed child care programs to increase the supply of child care in areas where it is limited. Please visit Capacity Grant to apply.

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Delaware

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Delaware provides scholarships for those working in licensed child care centers and family and large family child care homes. To learn more, please visit T.E.A.C.H.

The Child and Adult Care Food Program and Purchase of Care are two programs that help improve low income families’ access to quality child care homes and centers.

The Child & Adult Care Food Program

The Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) improves the quality of care for children by making it more affordable for many low-income families. Through CACFP, more than 3.3 million children receive nutritious meals and snacks each day. See how CACFP can make a difference in the quality of care! As a participating program, you will become part of a nationwide effort to improve children’s nutrition and will be teaching those children the foundation of a healthy lifestyle.

The following three agencies Catholic Charities, Delaware Parents Association, and Children and Families First manage the CACFP for child care centers, large family child care homes, and family child care homes in Delaware. Please contact an agency for more information about joining the CACFP.

Purchase of Care

Purchase of Care (POC) is a program that helps low-income families pay for their child care. As a provider, you have the option of contracting with the Division of Social Services (DSS) to care for children enrolled in POC. Becoming a POC provider means that you will accept DSS payment rates and will not charge parents any additional fees, other than those allowed in the contract.

If you do not want to come under POC contract and you are a licensed provider you can still accept POC children via the Self-Arranged payment option. This means the POC parent pays your full rate directly, but is only reimbursed the POC rate portion by DSS after you sign their monthly receipt for services.

If you are interested in contracting with POC, please contact the DSS Child Care Monitor for your county.

New Castle County: 302-255-9670
Kent County: 302-739-4437
Sussex County: 302-856-5569

These websites may be used to enhance your program, provide you with information, and help answer questions you may have.