House Bill 202, sponsored by Rep. Kim Williams and Sen. Nicole Poore, would enact a recommendation of the Redding Consortium for Educational Equity by requiring childcare facilities to provide developmental and social-emotional screenings to children under the age of 5. This bill passed the House by a vote of 37-3-1 and the Senate by a vote of 16-5.
By the age of 2, Black children are five times less likely to receive early intervention services than white children. For children of all races, developmental screening rates remain disappointingly low. Nationally, less than 40% of children receiving Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program assistance receive a developmental screening before the age of 3.
|House 202 Sponsors||Yes Vote||No Vote|
|K.Williams, Dorsey Walker, Baumbach, Brady, K.Johnson, Mitchell, Osienski||Passed House 37-3-1. Baumbach Bennett Bentz Bolden Brady Bush Carson Chukwuocha Cooke Dorsey-Walker Griffith Heffernan K.Johnson K.Williams Kowalko Lambert Longhurst Matthews Minor-Brown Mitchell Morrison Osienski S.Moore Schwartzkopf Wilson-Anton Briggs King D.Short Dukes Gray Hensley M.Smith Morris Ramone Shupe Smyk Spiegelman Yearick||Vanderwende, Postles, Collins, Lynn (Absent)|
|Poore, Gay, Lockman, Walsh||Passed Senate 16-5. Bonini, Brown, Ennis. Gay, Hansen, Lockman, Lopez, Mantzavinos, Paradee, Pinkney, Poore, S. McBride, Sokola, Sturgeon, Townsend, Walsh||Hocker, Lawson, Pettyjohn, Richardson, Wilson|
|Current Status —||Sent to the Governor|
“Our youngest learners often face barriers to their success before they ever reach school age,” Sen. Poore said. “By deploying early detection tools through our childcare centers, we can begin treating developmental delays much sooner and have supports in place well before children even begin their first day of kindergarten. This legislation will also help level the playing field when it comes to racial disparities that currently exist when it comes to early intervention services.”
“Yearly developmental screening is a best practice that’s critical to identify children ages birth to five who may be eligible for early intervention or special education services. When eligible Delaware children have access to these services, we change the trajectory of their lives by increasing their chances for success in school and in life,” said Rep. Williams. “Children who are eligible and receive intervention as early in life as possible are more likely to read on grade level, graduate from high school, and be gainfully employed as adults, and they are less likely to need special education services later in school.”