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Child care licensing regulations in Delaware require the early childhood administrator to have at least an associate degree, 15 semester hours of college credit in ECE, and 18 clock hours of training annually. Licensing requirements include two administrative roles: early childhood administrator and early childhood curriculum coordinator. A center with 60 or fewer children may have one staff member who functions and is qualified for both of these distinct roles. The Delaware Stars QRIS provides points for the Delaware Administrator Credential and for the Curriculum and Assessment Credential. These credentials are considered Essential Standards for the two highest star levels at re-verification or when a program moves up a star level.

Interesting Facts: Delaware

  • A pre-K to 12 certificate is available for principal licensure.

  • A whole leadership approach is embedded in the licensing regulations recognizing the need for both administrative and pedagogical leadership.

  • Two early childhood leadership degree programs are offered at the University of Delaware.