Goal 1: Expand Comprehensive Screening & Follow Up for Young Children
Strategy 1: Engage health care providers to conduct more screenings
Strategy 2: Link more families to follow-up services
Strategy 3: Strengthen young child mental health services
Goal 2: Expand Number of Stars Programs and Children with High Needs in Stars
Strategy 1: Provide financial incentives for Stars programs serving high needs children
Strategy 2: Support programs moving through Stars
Strategy 3: Provide financial incentives for education and retention of Stars educators
Goal 3: Build Connections Between Early Learning and K-12 Schools
Strategy 1: Implement Early Learner Survey
Strategy 2: Create Early Learning Teams in high-needs communities to foster early childhood/K-12 links
Strategy 3: Link high school and college professional development for early learning educators
Goal 4: Sustain a Thriving Statewide Early Learning System
Strategy 1: Use data to inform quality improvement and sustainability
Strategy 2: Engage community leaders, including parents, as informed advocates for early learning
Strategy 3: Provide leadership for system development and sustainability
A focus of our office is building a system for early learning and child development services that will serve children with high needs, including those who are low-income, children with disabilities and dual language learners, in order to improve children's outcomes and readiness for school and for life.
Significant resources to support this work are being provided to the State of Delaware through the Early Learning Challenge, a competitive initiative of the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services. The Office of Early Learning is leading and coordinating the initiative in which three state agencies (the Departments of Education, Health and Social Services and Services for Children, Youth and Their Families) are key partners.
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Prior to accepting the position with Office of Early Learning, Susan served as the founding Executive Director for the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation, where she led efforts to build state and local public will, policy and investments to create a foundation of opportunity and success for every child by the end of third grade.
Susan has more than two decades of experience in early childhood issues and nonprofit management. Perry-Manning served as the Vice-President and Senior Director for Policy and Programs at The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc. (NCPC), where she provided senior leadership to the organization.
During her tenure at NCPC, Ms. Perry-Manning conceptualized and authored a three-year, $3 million dollar early childhood obesity initiative for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation of North Carolina; was part of core writing team that developed North Carolina’s winning $70 million dollar, four-year federal Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant application; created and secured more than $2 million in private and federal funds for an intensive leadership initiative.
She previously served as Deputy Executive Director at the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (now Child Care Aware of America), Deputy Director at Child Care Services Association, and Executive Director at the Durham Child Care Council.
In 2014, Susan was elected to a four-year term as Secretary of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Governing Board. She holds an MA in Early Childhood Education from Concordia University – St. Paul and a BA in Women’s Studies from Hamilton College.
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Christine has over 15 years of experience in the field of early childhood development, family engagement, and professional development, including the management of various quality enhancement grants and contracts servicing federal, state, and privately funded early child development programs.
A native of Delaware, Christine earned both her Master of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies and Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Community Services from the University of Delaware.
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Before accepting the position with the Office of Early Learning, Ariel was the Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) Director for the Buncombe Partnership for Children in Asheville, NC for five years, where she supervised a team of trainers and technical assistance providers. This work was focused on improving the quality of child care through cross-agency collaboration; adoption of evidence-based practices; and shared outcome measures.
Ariel has more than 15 years’ experience in early learning – as a teacher, center director, and regional coach. She holds an M.A. in Early Childhood Education from East Tennessee State University, and a B.A in Theater and Literature.
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Carmen has been a team member with the Delaware Department of Education for over five years, and currently oversees the Parents as Teachers program, Delaware First, Delaware Stars assessment and verification, and Early Childhood Assistance Program monitoring.
A native of Delaware, Carmen has over 15 years’ experience in early learning in the state. She started as a preschool teacher for a local early childhood program and moved into home visiting for the Parents as Teachers program. She then became the coordinator for Kent County Parents as Teachers prior to accepting an Education Associate position with the Department of Education.
Carmen holds a M.A in Special Education from Wilmington University, a M.A in Human Resource Management from Wilmington University, a B.A in Behavioral Science from Wilmington University, and an Associate’s in Early Childhood Education.
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Previously, Caitlin was Teach For America-Delaware’s Early Childhood Education program manager and instructional coach, where she created and led professional development for cohorts of pre-K through 2nd grade teachers. Through this work and other her committee roles, including as a Center City Wilmington Readiness Team member, she has focused on how alignment between the systems serving children birth through age eight can meet the needs of the whole child.
Caitlin entered the early learning field teaching pre-K, K-1 and art in New Jersey and Delaware and has developed educator trainings for museums and non-profit organizations. She continues to enjoy working with students and families as a teaching artist for The Delaware Contemporary.
Caitlin holds a B.A. in Government from Smith College and M.Ed. in Elementary Education from Wilmington University.
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Previously Jennifer was the Administrative Specialist II for the compliance lab at the Delaware Department of Agriculture for 2 years. She handled the registration of commodity products for the State of Delaware. She also supported the laboratory manager and laboratory staff.
Jennifer has 9 plus years of administrative experience and over 5 years’ experience in early childhood as a head teacher. The majority of her time as an early childhood teacher was focused on working with children birth to 2 years. She is currently in the process of completing her degree in General Business from Delaware Technical Community College.
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Before accepting the position with the Office of Early Learning, Marcie was the Administrative Assistant II to the Chief of Engineering and Operations and the Office Manager at the State of Delaware Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Facilities Management Office for five years, where she also supported 7 Construction Project Managers and 4 Building Support Systems Engineers.
Marcie was also previously employed at the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth & Their Families (DSCYF) and has more than 10 years’ administrative experience. She is a Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) through the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP), and is currently pursuing an Associate’s degree in General Business from Delaware Technical Community College.
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Office of Early Learning
Delaware Department of Education
401 Federal Street
Dover, DE 19901