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Office of Childcare Licensing

OCCL is the regulatory office for all out-of-home care provided to young children. On this website you can find information on childcare options in Delaware, steps to choosing quality care, review program compliance/complaint history, Purchase of Care, program regulations, Division of Social Services assistance options, Head Start and Early Head Start programs, as well as a list of helpful links.


 Delaware Stars

Babes on the Square proudly participates in Delaware Stars for Early Success (DE Stars), a voluntary quality rating improvement initiative. On the DE Stars website, you can find information pertaining to families as well as learn about what DE Stars is doing to help our program be the best it can be.

Children and Families First

Since 1884, Children and Families First has offered hope to people in need. Each year, children and Families First serve thousands of children and families across Delaware...Young women seeking support to have a healthy baby...Children in foster care awaiting a loving permanent home...Teens in need of help to reconnect to their families...Parents looking for better ways to communicate with their kids...Families with limited resources taking care of an elderly parent...and more.

Information on WIC Program

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infant and Children, popularly known as WIC, is federal nutrition program that helps pregnant women, new mothers, and young children eat well, learn about nutrition, and stay healthy. On this website you can apply for WIC, access the WIC Client Portal and watch food demo videos.


Brandywine Buzz

The Brandywine Buzz is a Delaware specific parent resource. Here you will find information on events in the Brandywine Valley, school and camp information, birthday party ideas and fun things to do at the beach with young children.


Kids Health/Nemours

Kids Health is the #1 most visited website for children's health and development. If you're looking for information you can trust about kids and teens that's free of "doctor speak", you've come to the right place. Kids Health is the most visited site on the Web for information about health, behavior, and development form before birth through the teen years. You can fins a parents area and a kids area at the bottom of each article, you'll find links to related features created for kids and teens. We encourage you to share them.

 Snack Safely

Established in 2011, provides straightforward, actionable information to help improve the lives of the estimated 15 million people in the US suffering with food allergies. They strive to eliminate anaphylaxis, advocate, and connect the allergic community with products and services that help toward achieving this goal. Their blog covers topic of interest to the food allergy community including news: ongoing research, clinical studies, trials and progress toward treatment and cure; general advocacy; and advice regarding food safety and school polices.

Ages and Stages 

Because your child's first 5 years of life are so important, we want to help you provide the best start for your child. As a part of this service, we provide the Ages & Stages  Questionnaire, Third Edition (ASQ-3), to help you keep track of your child's development. A questionnaire will be provided every 2, 4, 6, month period. You will be asked to answer questions about some things your child can and cannot do. The problem solving, and personal-social skills. 

Ages and Stages Questionnaire: Birth to Age 5: click here


The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children. The association comprises nearly 60,000 individual members of the early childhood community and 52 Affiliates, all committed to delivering on the promise of high-quality early learning. Together, we work to achieve a collective vision: that all young children thrive and learn in a society dedicated to ensuring they reach their full potential.

Soccer Shots

Soccer Shots is an engaging children’s soccer program with a focus on character development. We positively impact children’s lives on and off the field through our best-in-class coaching, communication and curriculum.

Read A Loud Delaware 

Read Aloud Delaware's mission is to ensure that each preschool child in Delaware is regularly read to one-on-one. Our volunteers share our mission daily at more than 100 reading sites across Delaware. Each reading encounter introduces children ages 1 to 5 years old to the world of literacy and to spark the desire to become lifelong readers.

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