Delaware is launching a new community-based initiative, Delaware Readiness Teams, made up of school and community leaders, early childhood providers and families, to build partnerships that assure its young children, birth to age 8, have the critical resources and supports to enter kindergarten ready to learn and achieve early school success.
Studies show 90 percent of brain development occurs before the age of 5, with 700 neural connections created every second. Early experiences count: Positive experiences enhance lifelong positive outcomes.
Successful applicants will receive up to three years of support (up to $1,000 for each team in the first year) to establish their readiness teams, complete a community-based needs assessment and prioritize action steps to directly address the needs of families, schools, and early care and education programs.
In addition, readiness teams will receive technical assistance, resources and professional development to support their community’s unique needs. As many as 20 readiness teams will be selected to participate in the first year’s implementation phase, beginning in late April.
To help potential team members find out more about applying, in-person informational sessions are being held across the state in January and February. The Sussex County session will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the Georgetown State Service Center in Georgetown.
Register by contacting Amanda Walker at the Delaware Early Childhood Center at 302-398-8945, Ext. 103.
More information, electronic applications and letters of interest can also be obtained from Sherlynn Aurelio at the Delaware Early Childhood Center, firstname.lastname@example.org or at decc.delaware.gov under Delaware Readiness Teams.