YMCA of Delaware Recognized at Delaware Stars 10 Year Anniversary

Four child care sites across the YMCA of Delaware Association were recently recognized by Governor John Carney and the Office of Early Learning for participation in the Delaware Stars Program.

The YMCA of Delaware Early Child Care and School Age programs joined the Delaware Stars program at its inception in 2008. Currently, there are 41 YMCA after school sites and four YMCA preschools throughout the state. Most of these locations participate in the Delaware Stars program.

For the past 10 years, the Delaware Stars program has worked diligently to improve and maintain quality child care throughout the state. In 2008, Delaware had a number of early learning programs volunteer to join a system that would greatly improve the quality of early care and education. Thus, Delaware Stars was born.

Delaware Stars has gone from 41 programs 10 years ago to just shy of 500 today. These 500 programs have made a commitment to ensure that children and families receive the highest level early care and education through continuous quality improvement, curriculum development, ongoing assessment and personalized technical assistance.

In celebration of the 10 year anniversary of Delaware Stars, the State of Delaware recognized the programs which have led the way and inspired others to improve outcomes for children.

Pictured above with the Governor are (from left to right): Bonnie Haigh, Kerri Faulkner, Jen Reid and Pam Kennedy (Western Giant Step Half Day Preschool and Meadowood Full Day Preschool Program); Tamisha Hopkins and Shannon Neal (Shield Elementary/Sussex Family YMCA); and Krystina Schneider (Walnut Street Y).

Our Mission


The YMCA is an association of people of all ages, ethnic groups and religious affiliations that strives to cultivate the human potential, self-esteem, and dignity of all people. Our organization exists to develop and practice the Christian principles of love, caring, inclusiveness, justice and peace…and to enrich the emotional, physical and social life of all individuals, families and our community.

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