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Child Care/Respite Care

All Counties: Delaware Adolescent Program, Inc.

The Delaware Adolescent Program, Inc. (DAPI) is the only statewide comprehensive school based program in the nation that serves pregnant and parenting teens and their families. DAPI serves the community with multiple programs, and has a daycare program to allow the teen to return to her/his studies.

New Castle County:
2900 N Van Buren Street
Wilmington, DE 19802
(302) 764-9740

Kent County:
185 South Street
Camden, DE 19934
(302) 697-0356

Sussex County:
26673 North Sussex Hwy
Seaford, DE 19973

All Counties: Delaware Lifespan Respite Network

To assure that children and adults with disabilities or special needs and their caregivers will have easy access to quality, affordable respite care.
(888) 610-5572
New Castle County: (302) 479-1690


All Counties: The Family&Workplace Connection

The Family&Workplace Connection (FWC), a division of Children&Families First, is a non-profit resource and referral organization that works to strengthen families and help them manage their work and personal life responsibilities by providing social, educational and mental health services and by enhancing the supply and quality of care and education for children and elders. They also have searchable databases for childcare and respite care.

New Castle County:
2005 Baynard Blvd
Wilmington, DE 19802

809 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE 19801

Kent County:
91 Wolf Creek Blvd
Dover, DE 19901

All Counties: Head Start

Head Start works to support the development of a comprehensive early childhood system, birth through the early primary years, works with families, early care and education programs, schools and communities to develop children who are physically and emotionally healthy and eager to learn.

Find your local Head Start at the link below:

All Counties: Office of Child Care Licensing

This government department regulates child care in the State of Delaware. This department manages the Child Care Subsidy program that is administered by the Delaware Division of Social Services. This is an income-based program that provides funds to help parents pay for child care.

For information regarding the subsidy program:
New Castle County:
Kent County:
Sussex County:

The Office of Child Care Licensing also has a datebase of licensed child care providers:


New Castle County: Hilltop Lutheran Neighborhood Center

Hilltop Lutheran Neighborhood Center is a not-for-profit United Way agency providing educational and social development programs for children and teens in the community. Provides early and school-aged childcare programs.
1018 West Sixth Street
Wilmington, DE 19805

New Castle County: Latin American Community Center

The Latin American Community Center provides educationally oriented childcare services for children. The Latin American Community Center provides a safe, non-threatening and healthy environment to meet the social-emotional, physical, and intellectual needs of your child/children. A bilingual/bicultural environment supports Spanish-speaking children and their families while introducing the culture and language to those who are English-speaking.
403 N. Van Buren, Wilmington, DE 19805
(302) 655-7338 ext. 7726

New Castle County: Ministry of Caring, Inc.

The Ministry of Caring operates three child care centers, each of which responds to an acute need for affordable child care for offspring of the homeless and working poor. These include residents of Ministry emergency homeless shelters and additional residents of inner city neighborhoods. Fully-certified professionals trained in early childhood education staff each state-of-the-art center. Dedicated caregivers, including Foster Grandparents, staff from Wilmington Senior Center and an army of volunteers, assist them. Operating hours meet the needs of working parents.

Child Care Center
221 North Jackson Street
Wilmington, DE 19805-3649

Il Bambino
903 North Madison Street
Wilmington, DE 19801-1497

Guardian Angel Child Care
1000 Wilson Street
Wilmington, DE. 19801-3432

New Castle County: Mom’s House

Mom’s house provides a free licensed childcare center for single parents who are continuing their education (high school, GED, college, and job training). Parents must agree through written contract to attend school regularly, attend parenting classes, maintain passing grades and work three hours at the center each week.
1718 Howland Street Wilmington DE 19805
(302) 658-3433

Medical Day Care: Nurses’n Kids

Nurses ‘n Kids Medical Day Care in Delaware is dedicated to caring for infants&children with medical, developmental&technology dependent needs. Infants and children may attend Nurses ‘n Kids full or part time.

New Castle County:
904 Churchmans Road Ext.
New Castle, Delaware 19720

Kent&Sussex Counties:
705 North Street Ext.
Milford, Delaware 19963

Toll Free (866)303-KIDS

Kent County: Mom’s House

Mom’s House provides a licensed daycare center at no cost so that single parents can continue their education. Informal tutoring and counseling, an ongoing support group, and help with career planning and job placement is also offered. Parents must agree through written contract to attend school regularly, attend parenting classes, maintain passing grades and work three hours at the center each week. Also provides a student/parent resource library.
864 South State Street Dover DE 19901
(302) 678-8688

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