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Early childhood education program cost by child age in Delaware

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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



Average weekly cost in dollars to families for full time child care by child's age, all types of care combined (licensed only): licensed child care centers, licensed large family child care home, licensed family child care homes.

Data Source

Children and Families First


City of Wilmington data for this indicator includes zip codes 19801, 19802, 19806 & 19805.

Last Updated

January 2024