"You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving." ― Amy Carmichael

Early Education Success


In Particular early education before age five – is critical to long-term success.

Together with our partners, we have placed critical emphasis on preparing children to succeed in school through My Very Own Library, Help Me Grow, and  the statewide Delaware Stars for Early Success.

Every $1 invested in early care and education programs can lead to $17 in savings on remedial efforts, like special education and juvenile justice programs.

Delaware Stars for Early Success is a quality rating and improvement system.

Early Education Partners

American Cancer Society
American Red Cross Delmarva Penninsula
Arc of Delaware
Bernard and Ruth Siegel Jewish Community Center
Catholic Charities
Children and Families First
Christina Cultural Arts Center
Hilltop Lutheran Neighborhood Center
Kingswood Community Center
Latin American Community Center
Neighborhood House, Inc.
New Castle County Head Start, Inc.
Salvation Army
West End Neighborhood House
YMCA of Delaware

My Very Own Library

The MVOL program encourages and supports students’ love of reading by providing them the opportunity to choose brand new, free books to build their own home libraries. MVOL is rooted in research indicating that students foster a life-long love of reading and demonstrate stronger literacy skills as they build home libraries.

The national MVOL organization works in memory of late philanthropist Anne Feeley and Scholastic to provide generous donations across the country to communities wishing to launch local MVOL programs. United Way of Delaware’s MVOL initiative is an example of what can happen when a critical community need meets up with generous and involved partners. Wilmington is one of five cities selected nationally for 2015-2016. Selected again for 2016-2017, the program will expand from 8 schools and 3,000 students to 17 schools and 5,900 students.

Delaware Stars

Delaware Stars for Early Success is a quality rating and improvement system

Delaware Stars:

  • Establishes quality standards for child care and education programs
  • Provides technical assistance and financial support to Stars programs as they work on quality improvement; and
  • Offers five levels, with Level 5 being the highest rating.

Over the next five years, United Way of Delaware and our partners will work to increase the number of Delaware early care and family care providers enrolled in Stars and help existing Stars programs improve their ratings.

Help Me Grow

A child’s early years are vital, and Help Me Grow assists families in doing all that they can to promote healthy child development in these early years.

Help Me Grow can help with:

  • Ensuring mothers enjoy a healthy pregnancy;
  • Screening for conditions that might impact development; and
  • Parenting support as well as access to health and social services.

Parents, providers and other caregivers can connect with these resources through Delaware 2-1-1 for Help Me Grow, a service operated by United Way, with funding from the Division of Public Health. In addition to families and caregivers, others are invited to participate in the Help Me Grow system. Our community includes hospitals, pediatric primary-care practices, early care and  education professionals, families, and community providers at the grassroot level.