Early Childhood

Early Childhood Education

Our Commitment As A Club

Vision: Every Delaware child should have a high-quality early education experience.

Strategic Focus: Services for young children 0-5 and their families in the City of Wilmington and State of Delaware.

  • 90% of the brain is formed by age 5

  • Only 1 in 7 children under age 5 have access to publicly funded early care and education experiences

  • We rank 42nd in access Pre-K among other States

  • Fewer than 50% of kids are Kindergarten ready

  • Programs can barely pay minimum wage to educators

  • Parents cannot work because of waiting lists and costs of childcare

We partner with Wilmington-based nonprofit early learning centers to learn about their needs and the needs of the families they serve—and to contribute in our community. Additionally, we are a member of the First State Pre-K Coalition which advocates for universal Pre-K for all 3 and 4 year olds.

How can you help?

1. Volunteer

  • Sign up for Rotary community service projects

  • Read to a young child. Visit the Read Aloud Delaware website for opportunities.

  • Join a community-based Readiness team. Visit the Delaware Readiness Teams website to learn more.

2. Donate

  • Contribute to the Rotary Foundation to support our community service projects.

  • Contribute to the Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund.

3. Advocate: Contact your legislator and ask them to invest in early childhood

  • Child Care https://actionnetwork.org/letters/child-care-is-essential-fundourfuture

  • Pre-K http://bit.ly/2021preK