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DELAWARE
Cost of Child Care Model

Background and Overview

The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) in partnership with the Delaware Department of Education (DOE) has engaged Prenatal to Five Fiscal Strategies to update the state’s child care cost model. This process will result in an updated, customized cost model that helps better understand the true cost of high-quality child care in Delaware, which meets state standards and compensates the workforce sufficiently. The state intends to use the cost model results along with data from a market price survey to inform the payment rates for Purchase of Care, Delaware's child care subsidy program. 

​For more information about the study, click below.

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Provider Engagement

Input from all types of early care and education providers is a central component of the cost of care work and P5FS is committed to ensuring provider voice is represented in the process.

P5FS is hosting a series of virtual input sessions to gather information directly from child care providers across the state. These input sessions provide an opportunity to share your experience delivering early care and education services. Questions will focus on program operations and expenses and the true costs of providing care. 

 

Sessions are scheduled in English and Spanish. Additional language can be accommodated as needed. You only need to attend one session, but you must register in advance.

We have created a document that provides answers to frequently asked questions - please review via the link below. 

Register for an Input Session 

Date
Time
Language
Audience
URL
Tues, March 5
1:00-2:00PM
English
Centers
http://tinyurl.com/r9djsu7t
Tues, March 12
7:00-8:00PM
Spanish/English
Family Child Care Homes
http://tinyurl.com/mpd5f3ts
Weds, March 13
10:00-11:00AM
English
Centers
http://tinyurl.com/yvt3wueb
Thurs, March 14
1:00-2:00PM
English
Family Child Care Homes
http://tinyurl.com/4ctyay9m
Sat, March 16
9:00 - 11:00 AM
Spanish/English
Family Child Care Homes
http://tinyurl.com/537nr582
Sat, March 16
10:00-11:00AM
Spanish/English
Centers
http://tinyurl.com/22c3xtyk
Mon, March 18
12:00-1:00PM
English
Centers
http://tinyurl.com/y4c9bws6
Weds, March 20
1:00-2:00PM
English
Family Child Care Homes
http://tinyurl.com/4a56vx3f
Weds, March 20
7:00-8:00PM
English
Family Child Care Homes
http://tinyurl.com/3pkxsnjb
Thurs, March 21
1:00-2:00PM
English
Centers
http://tinyurl.com/mre25jpv
Tues, March 26
1:00-2:00PM
English
Centers
http://tinyurl.com/ye3hj2pa
Tues, March 26
7:00-8:00PM
Spanish/English
Family Child Care Homes
http://tinyurl.com/yw989bjt
Thurs, March 28
1:00-2:00PM
English
Centers
http://tinyurl.com/cs9dw2pn

Cost of Care Process

Delaware's cost of care work is following the process established by P5FS and sucessfully implemented in other states who have used a cost model to inform CCDF subsidy rate setting.  The process includes five steps, as detailed in this graphic. 

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Contact Us

For more information or to contact the study team please email us at delaware@prenatal5fiscal.org 

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