Exciting News! We are thrilled to announce Delaware First has rebranded as DEEDS Early Learning.

DEEDS Early Learning is the online system used to certify early learning educators. Delaware requires all early learning educators to be certified by the state before working with children in early childcare or school-age care centers. Educators can receive the following certificates in Delaware:

  • Early Care and Education Certificate: Work with children from birth through age eight in childcare settings. Requirements include training, age, education and experience.
  • School-Age Certificate: Work with children from age five through age twelve in school-age settings. Requirements include training, age, education and experience.

DEEDS Early Learning makes the process of getting certified easy. Once educators meet the requirements for Delaware early care or school-age certification, they submit their documentation to DEEDS Early Learning. Educators will then receive a certification for employment. Early learning professionals are encouraged to continue working and furthering their education in order to move to the next qualification level.

Please Note:

Applications must contain required documentation. Applications with missing documentation will be denied and applicants required to reapply.

All college transcripts must be official transcripts received directly from the college or university.

You can mail official, sealed transcripts to:

Delaware Department of Education
Attn: DEEDS Early Learning
401 Federal Street
Dover, DE 19901


Your college or university may email an electronic version of your official college transcript via secure server.

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