Tips and Information

When families are knowledgeable about licensing, safety, indicators of quality care, and other issues related to the well-being of their children and older relatives, they are better equipped to make informed decisions.

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Delaware Child Care Licensing Regulations

Sliding into Summer: Easing the Transition for Children
For children, summertime offers special opportunities as well as challenges...

A Guide to a Safe Child Care Environment
When choosing quality child care, the initial telephone screening should be followed by...

Questions to Ask in Your Child Care Search
During your child care search, you will talk to and visit child care providers...

Biters: Why They Do It and What To Do About It
Although biting isn’t abnormal in the sense that one out of ten toddlers and two-year-olds does it...

Celebrating the Holidays
Holiday time is a wonderful and exciting time for young children. But it can also be very overwhelming...

Checking Out Your Options
There are pros and cons associated with each type of care. The following provides you with comparisons at a glance...

Child Care Checklist for Parents

Children and Fear of War and Terrorism
Terrorist attacks in our country and threats of war are frightening experiences for all Americans...

Components of High Quality Child Care
Most parents know they want quality child care for their children, but they may not know how to recognize quality care...

Consumer Guide to Using License Exempt Care
Some states choose not to regulate some types of child care. For example, care in the child’s home or by relatives, part-day nursery schools, and summer camps often do not need to be licensed...

Disciplining Your Toddler
No doubt about it, toddlers can be a handful! At times, it will seem like they can be in two places at the same time...

Encouraging Confidence - Changing Confidence
Learned negative feelings of confidence can be changed...

Engaging Children’s Cooperation
Here are some simple guidelines for helping children shift into a cooperative mode. Try them the next time you are experiencing oppositional behavior from your child...

Every Child is Creative
By the age of five, children lose part of their creativity. According to researchers, there are a number of ways to stimulate creativity in your child...

Gearing Down for the Holidays
When you think of the holidays, what comes to mind? Do you think of happy children or hyper ones? This season should be a time of tradition and cheer...

Helping Children Cope With Violence
Media-reported violence often intrudes on the daily lives of young children both in their homes and in out-of-home settings...

Help Your Child Become a Good Reader
Children who read well come from homes in which there are plenty of books, magazines, and newspapers...

How Your Baby Grows
Each child develops and matures at his or her own rate. We offer this list only to give some general guideposts along the way...

How Your Toddler/Preschooler Grows
Each child develops and matures at his or her own rate. We offer this list only to give some general guideposts along the way...

Information for Parents Seeking In-home Child Care Providers
Employing an individual to care for your child in your own home is referred to as in-home or nanny care...

The ABC’s of Choosing Child Care
One of the most difficult decisions you will ever have to make as a parent is choosing the right child care for your youngster...

Tips For Your Baby’s Safety, From the Consumer Product Safety Commission
From the beginning of a child’s life, products, such as cribs, high chairs and other equipment intended for a child must be selected with safety in mind...

Easing Back-To-School Worries
Back-to-school anxiety can affect the entire family...

Children Caring for Themselves
Sooner or later, there comes a time in almost every family when an elementary-school child is left home alone...

Dealing With a Bully
Bullied children lose self-esteem. Often they feel lonely or begin to do poorly in school...

Delaware’s School "Choice" Program
In June 1995, Delaware’s General Assembly passed legislation giving parents the right to apply to enroll their children in any public school in Delaware...

Giving Your Kids Extra Help
Lots of children need special help. There are ways you can help at home to develop skills that will help your children in the classroom...

Homeschooling
Homeschooling refers to children learning at home with their families or with other children in their communities...

Homework
Assigning homework serves various purposes...

Kindergarten Readiness
Young children are often very excited about entering school. But the environment is often quite different from what they are used to at home or even in child care...

Safety at School
Many schools are implementing strategies to help reduce acts of violence and make schools safer. Those strategies include...

School Options
Funded by public dollars, public schools offer every child a free education. Policy and organization are largely controlled by...