The DELAWARE Program

Our Delaware-based program focuses on engaging and educating parents and caregivers on birth to three development through experiential learning, empowering them to be their baby’s first and most important teachers.

Why Delaware?

Public Education Failure

Public Education Failure, particularly in impoverished areas: A recent education assessment showed that 17 Delaware grammar and middle schools had less than 10% of their students score as grade-level proficient. Two City of Wilmington elementary schools that operate in the target geography had less than 7% proficiency.

Scarcity of Parent Education

Scarcity of Parent Education programs for at-risk families, particularly those without a diagnosis of developmental delay: The vast majority of childcare centers do not accept infants, often not enrolling children until age 2.

How We Do It

In our Delaware program, the first two sessions focus on brain and language development, with simple ways to use everyday items and activities to introduce new words and concepts. The second two sessions focus on the power of music in brain development, with a professional musician helping parents or grandparents write a lullaby or short song for their baby.

The final two sessions introduce concrete ways to make learning fun for baby using books, balls, safe toys, and small musical instruments, all of which parents or caregivers can take home to use.


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Image of Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute Lullaby Project

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