Setting the Standard for Quality

The University of Delaware’s Early Learning Center received national recognition from The First Lady’s Let’s Move! Child Care Initiative.  Read the press release

The Early Learning Center Newark is NAEYC Accredited

Early Learning Center Newark completed an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and more than 400 related Accreditation Criteria and successfully passed an on-site monitoring visit by NAEYC Assessors.  Those criteria can be found on NAEYC’s website.

Both the Early Learning Center Newark, and the Early Learning Center Wilmington participate in the Delaware Stars Program.  Both Centers have earned a five-star designation.

Delaware Stars for Early Success is a Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), which is a method used to assess, improve and communicate the level of quality in early care and education and school-age settings.  It establishes quality standards for programs and provides technical assistance and limited financial support to programs involved in Stars as they engage in quality improvement efforts.

Delaware Stars for Early Success is a five level system, with “5” being the highest rating.  The licensing rules issued by the Office of Child Care Licensing serve as the Standards for Star Level 1.  With each higher Star Level, a program is required to meet increasingly higher quality Standards in the following categories.  Standards for evaluation can be found on the Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood’s web site.