Delaware Opportunities has adopted a public policy agenda promoting quality, affordable child care that results in education and healthy development of children and supports strong families and communities.
We believe that:
Every family should have access to high quality child care because
- Research shows that 90% of a child’s critical brain development happens by age 5
- Children spend an average of 36 hours per week in child care
- High quality child care helps children prepare for school and sets the foundation for positive relationships and a lifetime of learning; and
Every family in Delaware County should have access to affordable child care
- The average cost of full time care for a child under two is $8320 a year
- The average cost of full time care for a child 3-5 is $7940 a year
- Child care subsidies are only available to those with very limited income
- Increased funding is needed to help working families afford child care
Delaware Opportunities, through its Child Care Resource and Referral program (CCR&R) is dedicated to helping:
- families find quality, affordable child care;
- child care providers offer such care; and
- the community to develop, support and foster quality, affordable child care
We will do this by:
- Providing information and resources to child care businesses, community, families, and caregivers
- Expanding the supply of care by recruiting and training new providers
- Offering providers training, technical assistance, publicity, and other supports designed to help them stay in the field, run successful operations, and build their expertise
- Helping families identify quality child care programs
- Advocating for local funding for child care subsidies
Delaware Opportunities is a member of the Early Care and Learning Council, Child Care Aware of America, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children. We support the messages of these national and state leaders in early care and education advocacy efforts.
To learn more about child care issues, find facts about child care in Delaware County and New York State, or to join advocacy campaigns to strengthen the quality of child care visit the agency website at www.delawareopportunities.org or contact a day care specialist Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at 607-746-1620 locally or toll free at 1-877-746-2279; or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- April 13, 2016: Delaware Opportunities Inc. Child Care Resource & Referral program's mission is to provide high quality, affordable child care within Delaware County.
- April 4, 2016: Freedom of Movement Lunch and Learn Event
- April 1, 2016: Quality Child Care
- January 25 2016: Delaware Opportunities Inc. Child Care Resource & Referral program is working with The Early Care and Learning Council's outreach campaign to ensure that low and moderate income families are aware of and claim available federal and state income tax credits.
- September 2, 2015: For Our Babies New York Lunch and Learn Event
Letters to the Editor:
July 10, 2015: The Delaware Opportunities Board of Directors has adopted a public policy agenda which promotes quality, affordable child care that results in education and healthy development of children and supports strong famlies and communities. July 22, 2015: The Mountain Eagle
May 1, 2015: Provider Appreciation Day is May 8, 2015. The Delaware Opportunities Inc. Child Care Resource and Referral and our other programs take this opportunity to thank all of those who work with our children and are responsible for their education and care.
April 8, 2015: The Week of the Young Child is April 12 to April 18. Today we know more than ever before about the importance of children's earliest years in shaping their learning and development. Yet, never before have the needs of young children and their families been more pressing. April 8, 2015: The Reporter
In the News
- April 8, 2015: Week of the Young Child, Art Display, Head Start's Early Childhood Celebration (Walton Reporter)
- June 25, 2015: Delaware Opportunities 7th Annual Children's Festival (Daily Star)
- July 10, 2015: Delaware Opportunities 7th Annual Children's Festival (Walton Reporter)
- January 12, 2016: Family Tax Credits
- May 27, 2016: Movement is Learning
- June 17, 2015: Choosing Quality Child Care
- April 4, 2015: The Week of the Young Child
Public Policy Reports:
- Delaware Opportunities Inc. 2015 Data Dashboard
- 2015 Report on Child Care in Delaware County: Supply and Demand, GAP analysis and Provider Expansion
- New York State 2015 Data Dashboard
- Delaware Opportunities Inc. Child Care Resource & Referral 2015 Annual Report
- State Child Care Facts in the State of New York from Child Care Aware of America
- Leaving Children to Chance Executive Summary from Child Care Aware of America
- Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2014 Report by Child Care Aware of America
- We Can Do Better: 2013 Update Ranking of State Child Care Center Regulations and Oversight from Child Care Aware of Amercia
Stay informed and connected to initiatives supporting affordable quality early learning by visiting the following:
Join the Early Care & Learning Council in advocating for quality, affordable child care for all New York families.
How To Use Messages to Affect Change:
- Messaging Tools for Elected Officials from Winning Beginning NY
- Talking About the Tool Kit: What to Say, How to Say It, and Who Should I Be Talking To?
- Click here to watch Advocacy 101: Stop Being Scared—Start Making Friends with Your Legislators
Click here to find Public Policy Resources from Child Care Aware of America
Learn how to help paint the picture for policymakers and the general public about why strengthening child care policy is important.