Change Indicator

Early childhood education program capacity by type in Delaware

Early childhood education program capacity by type

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Why This Indicator Matters

The first five years of a child's life are an important time for growth and development, and lay out the foundations for language, academic ability, habits and socio-emotional development. Research shows that access to high quality early care and education programs help young children grow up ready to succeed in school and life. However, there are large gaps in the quality of early care and childhood programs and not all children receive the maximum benefits from their program. When we invest in replicate high quality programs for children and youth, we can solve these gaps in early childhood development and show significant long-term improvements for children. Investing in  a system of high quality early care and education programs will benefit both young children and society as early investments reap dividends when child development translates into economic development later on.
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Definition and Source



Available child care capacity= the maximum number of licensed slots within a licensed center which follows state guidelines for minimum staff/child ratios and maximum groups sizes for each age group. Capacity does not necessarily reflect actual enrollment.

Child Care Center-13 or more children,
Family Child Care Homes-1 person caring for no more than 6 children,
Large Family Child Care Homes- 2 people caring for a group of 7-12 children.

Data Source

Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families


Data for 2003 and later reflect the addition of child care centers providing part time care.

Last Updated

January 2024