Please Note:  DDOE has a new single sign-on solution called EdAccess

If you are experiencing login issues and have an existing account in IMS, please visit the login support page (This page is self-service).

If you are still experiencing login issues please email Login Support.

Delaware First – also known as the Delaware First Professional Development System for Early Care and Education and School-Age Programs – 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.

Delaware First 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 Delaware First. 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.

EdAccess Account Set-up Instructions

Get an early learning educator certification

Step 1. Review the certification requirements listed above

Step 2. Log into EdAccess and select the Delaware First icon

Step 3. Complete your profile, education, and professional development (PD) training

Step 4. Enter your experience – all parties must sign the Verification of Experience form to get credit for experience

Step 5. Upload all documents in .pdf format

Step 6. Submit your application – you may check the status of your qualification at any time

Step 7. Print certificate once issued

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: Delaware First
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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