INCREASING ACCESS TO HOME-VISITING SERVICES FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
By Leslie Newman
Vision Coalition Leadership Team Member
Birth to age eight represents a unique developmental period during which young children acquire foundational physical, cognitive, and executive function skills—the ability to persist, concentrate, retain information, think flexibly, and exhibit self-control.
To cultivate this potential, it is imperative that Delaware follow the first recommendation listed under the Early Learning core area in Student Success 2025: Increase access to evidence-based home-visiting services for families of children most at-risk for school failure.
Home-visiting programs employ trained social service professionals and nurses to address the various needs of young children and their families. Delaware offers a wide range of evidence-based home-vising programs such as:
PROGRESS MADE IN THE SIX CORE AREAS OF STUDENT SUCCESS 2025
Delaware school-based basic needs closets funded by $50,000 grant from Highmark Delaware
Governor John Carney, joined by Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long, visited Lake Forest South Elementary School to announce a $50,000 grant from Highmark Delaware’s BluePrints for the Community fund to support basic needs closets in schools throughout Delaware.The funds will help high-needs schools across the state restock their basic needs closets so students have access to clothing, school supplies, hygiene products and other essentials.
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Delaware high school graduation rates hit record high
The high school graduation rate in Delaware hit a record high in 2017 with nearly 8,800 of 10,200 class of 2017 students graduating. A Delaware Department of Education report says nearly 86 percent of students graduated last year, an increase from 2016’s 84.6 percent. The rates increased for black, Asian, Hispanic, low-income, multiracial, and white students, and students with disabilities.
EDUCATOR SUPPORT & DEVELOPMENT
Carney pushes loan forgiveness for teachers
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