In an effort to improve early education in Delaware, new reimbursement rates are in effect for daycare and preschool providers.
The Purchase of Care system reimburses providers that care for low-income children. Reimbursement rates have varied. The General Assembly agreed to invest an additional $22-million. $12-million goes toward increasing rates to 65-percent of the market rate, plus an additional 50-cents per child per day. October also kicks off a $10-million expansion of the Delaware Stars for Early Success quality rating program. Providers interested in applying for eligibility may do so starting Wednesday October 5th. “Research shows that early education at a preschool or daycare center provides the building blocks for a child’s success,” said Governor Jack Markell. “Improving the quality of early education is fundamental for the future of each child and for our state.”