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Child’s Play by the Bay holds emergency vehicle day

November 23, 2017 by Steven Billups

Child’s Play by the Bay held an emergency vehicle day at its center Oct. 31. Emergency vehicles and personnel from the Lewes Fire Department, the Sussex County Paramedics and the Delaware State Police K-9 units were on hand to talk to the children, show their vehicles and put on demonstrations.

Zoe Ryan peeks around the corner inside the Lewes Fire Department fire truck in her Halloween cat costume.

Happy to join their friends on the Lewes Fire Department fire truck are (l-r) Zoe Miller, Nico Capobianco, Oliver Sechler, Anya Murukutla, Caroline Feist and Keller Makowski.

Wearing their Halloween costumes, (l-r) Ben Adkins, Aiden Veith, Ella Evans take a tour of the Lewes Fire Department’s ambulance.

A Sussex County Paramedics employee shows the supplies he works with to (l-r) Aiden Veith, Caroline Feist, Ben Adkins and Charlie Ginion and their friends

Ben Lewis, a Lewes Fire Department firefighter and EMT, dons his gear and shows the children that he is their friend. Accepting his friendship with a high five are Anya Murukutla, Alessia Retzlaff, Navya Desai, Caroline Feist and Harper Serman.

The children watch a K-9 demonstration by the Delaware State Police. Taking the bite from Oki, handled by Cpl. Chris Middendorf, is Detective Troy Ralson

Caroline Feist takes a seat in the Sussex County Paramedics vehicle with help from paramedic Jordan Dattoli.

Macy Feist takes a break from stepping all over the rolls of wrapping paper. CHRIS FLOOD PHOTO

Preschoolers show off their singing and art skills

Child’s Play by the Bay hosts music and art show

November 7, 2017 by Nick Roth

Child’s Play by the Bay hosted the Rockets’ Preschool Art & Music Show Oct. 26 at the Lewes Public Library. Original art from about a dozen preschoolers was displayed in one of the library’s conference rooms for parents and family to look at, before the young students stepped up to sing and dance five songs. Musician Nancy Curry led the first three songs on her guitar before stepping aside as the students performed “The Monster Mash” and finally the “Chicken Dance.” 

Performing “Five Little Pumpkins” are (l-r) Zoe Ryan, Harper Serman, Caroline Feist and Nancy Curry.  NICK ROTH PHOTOS

Macy Feist takes a break from stepping all over the rolls of wrapping paper. CHRIS FLOOD PHOTO

Sarah Wiggins is all smiles after finishing a song.

Everett Isaac sings “The Apple Tree” with his classmates.

Preschool teacher Erin Yost poses with student Harper Serman next to a group art project.

Winter Wonderfest hosts community kickoff party

October 6, 2017 by Nick Roth

Winter Wondefest will be back this November for what should be a bigger and better event this holiday season. 

The popular event’s new and improved features were highlighted at the Community Kick-Off Party Sept. 21, at Crooked Hammock Brewery in Lewes. 

Peter Briccotto, executive producer of the event, said that the No. 1 community input was a request for more light displays.  As a result, 30 percent more holiday light displays will be added to the Light Spectacular show, which will also have a new and improved route for vehicles inside Cape Henlopen State Park.  

Thanks to Visit Delaware, the state’s tourism bureau, this year’s Winter WonderFEST visitors will enjoy ice skating on real ice. A newly constructed Visit Delaware Ice Rink will debut at the ferry terminal grounds with opportunities for community programs, public sessions and private rentals. The new rink will be open Tuesdays through Sundays.

Other highlights include:

Special Dashin’ Thru The Show grand opening weekend with a fun run/walk thru the Light Spectacular show for an upclose view and plenty of selfie photo ops on Friday, Nov. 17;  Barkin’ Thru The Show Dog Walk on Saturday, Nov 18; and Peddlin' Thru The Show bicycle tour, ideal for families and groups of friends, set for Sunday, Nov. 19.

 Sponsors of Winter Wonderfest gathered for a group photo at the event. Shown in front are (l-r) Kerri Schaeffer and Alisha Fletcher of Child’s Play by the Bay; Noreen Kushner, Oceanside Cleaning; Stacy Lowe, Harrington Insurance; Sean Toner, Beach Babies; DJ Hill, Lefty’s Alleys and Eats; and Josh Grapski, La Vida Hospitality. In back are Dave Hovel, program director for iHeart Radio; Susan Kehoe, Browseabout Books; Greg Kushner, Oceanside Cleaning; and Ray Bivens, Delaware State Parks director.NICK ROTH  PHOTO - CAPE GAZETTE 

Consistent hours of operation. Same hours, same days for both the Light Spectacular at the state park and The Christmas Village at the Lewes Ferry Terminal. Beginning Thanksgiving weekend, Winter WonderFEST is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 5 to 9 p.m. A special community New Year’s Eve closing party begins from 3 to 8 p.m.

Expanded Christmas Village. New midway with two new carnival rides, outdoor fire pit, nightly professional entertainment, plus local performance groups. Santa’s workshops are returning, along with St. Nick every night. Increased outdoor holiday decor and an impressive Giving Tree outposts for community charity participation.

The Lodge at the Christmas Village. A heated gathering spot on the midway for bites and adult beverages. 

New Mobile App. A free app for smart phones providing easy methods for guests to receive event information, weather updates, geotagging features, connections to sponsors’ businesses, exclusive contests and discount offers.  A customized music experience for drivers going through the Light Spectacular is also included.

Special $10 car raffle. The lucky winner will drive off in their choice of a new Ford Mustang or Jeep Wrangler, courtesy of Winter WonderFEST’s Presenting Sponsor Preston Automotive.

Advance admission to the Light Spectacular is $15 for cars, $30 for vans and $50 for busses. Gate prices are $20, $35 and $50, respectively. Single tickets became available online Sept. 22. Discounts are available in advance for groups bringing multiple vehicles.  

More information is available at

Child’s Play outdoor classroom certified with Nature Explore

August 20, 2017

For the fourth consecutive year, Nature Explore has certified the outdoor classroom at Child's Play by the Bay, a small, locally owned preschool and early child development center in Lewes.

A Nature Explore Classroom is a dynamic, nature-based outdoor space developed by research-based, field-tested design principles focusing on youth education and whole child development. These classrooms allow children to explore and develop a connection to the natural world through engaging in open-ended play while enhancing the physical environment and adding to the natural beauty of a space.

"We are very proud to continue to offer an all-natural outdoor classroom learning experience for young children," said co-owner Alisha Fletcher. "Parents choose Child's Play knowing that their child will spend a significant part of the day in the outdoor classroom making important natural learning connections."

Research shows that children need authentic connections with the natural world as a regular part of healthy growth and development. There is a growing concern that today's children are not getting adequate access to nature. Many lead overly scheduled lives with decreased time spent outdoors exploring nature, and more time spent indoors or on playgrounds devoid of rich sensory experiences. This disconnection results in increased childhood obesity, reliance on behavior-regulating medications and a dislike or even fear of the unknown natural world.

"Being in the outdoor classroom increases children's attention spans, and expands their creativity and imagination. Not to mention the daily real-life connections that are made. They are learning the names of the birds while watching them build their nests and feed their babies. Kids count how many tomatoes are growing on each vine and watch flowers to see which one will bloom first. The conversations and learning opportunities are different every day," said preschool teacher Leslie Caruso.

"One of the most significant findings of Nature Explore's research shows that when children are engaged in authentic play, they are developing skills in a variety of domains simultaneously," said Fletcher. "Research shows that direct observation of children's work over time provides evidence that children are developing these foundational learning skills as they explore outdoor classrooms."

As part of the recertification process, Child's Play is required to provide teachers with professional development focused on nature and the outdoors. In September, the Urban and Community Forestry Program will present a Project Learning Tree module to teachers. After staff complete the training, Child's Play will apply to become a Project Learning Tree GreenSchool.

Ashley Peebles, Delaware Forest Service education coordinator and Project Learning Tree coordinator has toured the campus of Child's Play and is excited about the potential partnership. Peebles said, "Child's Play really understands the importance of creating opportunities for young children to make a connection with the natural world around them. Project Learning Tree's curriculum for early childhood integrates nature-based exploration, art, literature, math, music and movement, and outdoor play into existing programs. Once a PLT GreenSchool, Child's Play will join a network of educators and facilities throughout the nation who make nature integration a top priority. They will also be eligible to compete for funding to enhance their program."

"At Child's Play, teachers can count on annual professional development about the importance of young children playing in nature. Ongoing learning about how to best facilitate children's learning in nature is top priority," said preschool teacher Heather Clark.

For more information, call 302-645-2153 or go to

Parent Lyndie Hertrich reads a book to a group of students in the outdoor classroom. Shown are in back (l-r) Kellan Feist, Peter VanDalen, Grayson Graviet, Simon Long, Keller Makowski, Lucy Elder, Madelyn Tull, Caroline Feist and Freddy Hertrich. Front left are Zoe Ryan and Dylan Yost. Front right are Brandon Wilkinson and Everett Issac.

Child’s Play preschool students set the table with wood cookie cuts as plates, and serve various natural materials as food. Shown in back is Austin Rowland. Clockwise from front are Harper Serman, Bennett Curry, Quinn Feist, McKayla Veith, Ainsley Fitzgerald, Solomon Prosser and Dylan Yost

Child’s Play preschool students set the table with wood cookie cuts as plates, and serve various natural materials as food. Shown in back is Austin Rowland. Clockwise from front are Harper Serman, Bennett Curry, Quinn Feist, McKayla Veith, Ainsley Fitzgerald, Solomon Prosser and Dylan Yost

Child’s Play by the Bay spreads holiday cheer

Lewes preschool celebrates annual Christmas Joy gift-giving event

By Chris Flood - December 22, 2016

Child's Play by the Bay, a preschool and childcare center in Lewes, celebrated the holidays with its annual Christmas Joy gift-giving event.

In conjunction with Epworth United Methodist Church in Rehoboth Beach, the event gives kids who attend the center and their parents a chance to give back to the community.

Sarah Feist, co-owner, said this was the sixth year the school had participated in the event, with an estimated 60 tags for kids ranging in age from infant to young teen.

When gift wrapping was complete, teachers, students and parents gathered for caroling and snacks.

Scarlett Stazzone smiles big after helping mom wrap this present. CHRIS FLOOD PHOTO

Scarlett Stazzone smiles big after helping mom wrap this present. CHRIS FLOOD PHOTO

Child’s Play by the Bay teacher Jeanne Worman shows Brianna Sordi the finer points of gift wrapping. CHRIS FLOOD PHOTO

Macy Feist takes a break from stepping all over the rolls of wrapping paper. CHRIS FLOOD PHOTO

Foster Shade helps dad Jeff wrap a present, while his two brothers, Mason and Ollie, are much more interested in what’s going on elsewhere in the room. CHRIS FLOOD PHOTO

Child's Play, Giant Food's hold food drive

Donations are given to the Food Bank of Delaware

December 10, 2016

The preschool children at Child’s Play by the Bay preschool and early childhood development center in Lewes participated in their annual Thanksgiving food drive with Giant Food’s and the Food Bank of Delaware. Pictured with the students are Mike Long, Giant Foods district manager, and preschool teacher Erin Yost


Child's Play to celebrate Week of the Young Child 

Opportunity to bring awareness to needs of young children

 April 9, 2015  - Cape Gazzette 

Delaney Huxtable (l) and Quinn Kluchnik experiment with water beads as part of Science Exploration at Child's Play by the Bay. The Lewes-based daycare will be participating in the National Associations for Education of Young Children’s Week of the Young Child beginning the week of April 13.

LEWES — Beginning the week of April 13, Child’s Play by the Bay in Lewes will be participating in the National Associations for Education of Young Children’s Week of the Young Child.

The special week is an opportunity for early childhood programs across the country, including child care and Head Start programs, preschools, and elementary schools, to hold activities to bring awareness to the needs of young children.

“Child’s Play by the Bay in Lewes is thrilled to join in the celebration by supporting young children, their families, and community efforts aimed at promoting healthy development and learning,” says Sarah Feist, said Child’s Play by the Bay co-owner.

Each day of the week will have a different theme: Music Monday brings awareness to the power of using music to develop math, language and literacy skills; Taco Tuesday is a food-themed day asking teachers and families to encourage healthy nutrition and fitness habits; Work Together Wednesday celebrates math, science and social skills that develop when children work together to build and create using a variety of materials; Artsy Thursday will help children develop creativity, social skills and fine motor skills with open-ended art projects; and Family Friday is all about the importance of partnerships between school and home, recognizing that families are the first and most important teachers in children’s lives.

“During the Week of the Young Child, we have additional professional development experiences planned for our staff,” adds daycare co-owner Alisha Melesky. “We value ongoing high-quality professional development. It is important that staff at early childhood programs be exposed to and implement evidence-based research practices in their classrooms. This is the one of the driving forces towards providing children with high-quality early learning experiences.”

For more information on the Week of the Young Child visit the National Education Association’s website at

The association was founded in 1926, has nearly 80,000 members and a national network of more than 300 local, state, and regional affiliates.



Delaware Psychological Services opens in Lewes 

Mental health professionals offer team approach to counseling 

By Molly MacMillan | August 19, 2014 - Cape Gazzette 

The team of mental health counselors at Delaware Psychological Services includes (l-r) Dr. Matthew Turley, Alisha Melesky, Dr. Katherine Elder, Jim Elder and Stephan Kastner.


Photo by: Molly MacMillan

Delaware Psychological Services opened on Old Orchard Road this summer, responding, owners Jim and Dr. Katherine Elder say, to the need for family mental health services in the Cape Region.

The Elders, who are themselves licensed mental health professionals – Jim specializes in addiction counseling and Katherine is a licensed therapist for co-occurring disorders – put together a team of counselors, therapists and collaborating psychiatric professionals to treat the family unit.

"Whether you are an adolescent with a substance abuse problem or an adult with mental illness, the idea is that each of these people challenged with these issues is part of a family," Jim said. "So our focus, while obviously on the patient, is in recognition that there is an impact on the family and the whole community."

Delaware Psychological Services operates with a team of counselors whose specialties range from school psychology and early childhood interventions to adult mental health. They also work with a collaborating psychiatrist and psychiatric nurse practitioners for medications.

By July, the team at Delaware Psychological Services included Stephan Kastner, a licensed professional counselor of mental health; family counselor and school psychologist Dr. Matthew Turley; early childhood specialist Alisha Melesky; consulting psychiatric professionals and the Elders.

"Each person in here is an expert in their own way," Katherine said. "The professionals we have here are seasoned providers. Part of our goal is to synthesize these specialties in a clinic so that we can serve the whole family."

They offer parent-child interaction and play therapy for children in an evidence-based practice, she said, as well as psychological assessments, IQ testing and assessments for learning disorders and child development.

Turley said he has built relationships with area school districts as a consulting school psychologist in recent years, and Melesky offers night and weekend hours for the assessment and testing of young children at the clinic. She also owns Child's Play by the Bay, an early childhood development center on Savannah Road.

Kastner said he specializes in the evidence-based practice of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing.

"Usually when something hasn't been processed properly, it comes back as an adverse behavior – an addiction or flashbacks," he said. His work focuses on processing these events, he said, not treating so you forget but so they don't cause the same emotional responses as before.

The new mental health offices offer weekend and evening appointments for services.

For more information about Delaware Psychological Services or to schedule an appointment, call the offices at 302-703-6332.

Child's Play is very proud to be an official Coalition Partner with Delaware's Children in Nature Coalition. 


The Mission of the Children In Nature Coalition is to improve environmental literacy, create opportunities for children to participate in outdoor experiences, promote healthy lifestyles and provide better access to green space through schools and community programs.




First Del. Nature Explore classroom at Lewes center

By Olivia Klock | July 21, 2014 

Children enspect insects found on stumps at Child's Play by the Bay in Lewes. 

(Photo: Staff photo by Joe Lamberti)

Child's Play by the Bay now offers Delaware's first and only certified Nature Explore classroom, aiming to show children what playing in nature really entails.

The small child development and resource center in Lewes has offered preschool and child care services for five years out of its residential setting, but as of this spring, also offers something more than plastic playhouses in the backyard.

Certified Nature Explore classrooms are nature-based play and learning spaces that apply research-based, field-tested design principles to create nature-rich outdoor spaces, according to the Nature Explore website.

The outdoor classroom concept gives children the opportunity to reconnect to nature, while using their imagination, developing social skills, and also decreasing the chances of ADHD and obesity, said Nature Explore Senior Client Relationship Manager Terra Hild.

"There are a million good reasons why kids need to be playing in nature — and throwing the ball around is not playing in nature," said Alisha Melesky, co-owner and administrator of Child's Play.

"The children can have their hands right in there, can be with their peers, learning pre-literacy skills when they don't even know it — they are being kids outdoors, and that is exactly what kids need."

Activity areas in the outdoor classroom are divided by natural plants materials and various textured ground surfaces, including building, water, nature art, garden and climbing.

In the dirt digging area, kids can use mini steel shovels to dig, which also builds a mindset for how they will soon hold a pencil when they reach kindergarten, Melesky said.

Coastal Sussex County has the best of both worlds by offering great opportunities for both senior citizens, as putting a great emphasis on quality of first rate educational experiences for children, said Sen. Ernesto Lopez.

"I fully wholeheartedly support her on this accomplishment of such importance," he said. "This put new hands on the ways of learning, and I'm very thankful and proud of Alisha and her colleagues for doing it in my district."

There are more than 200 certified Nature Explore classrooms across the nation, not including those in progress, as of June 27, according to Hild, adding while the organization primarily aims to install outdoor classrooms in public spaces of young children, such as preschools, the projects do not exclude other potential venues, such as high schools or libraries.

Melesky had the idea to create an outdoor classroom for Child's Play when she attended an annual conference last November by the National Association of Education of Young Children, she said.

Upon attending courses there, she met representatives from Nature Explore, and fell in love with the thought of turning her idea into a reality, she said. The first step of certification is to attend a Nature Explore workshop or conference, which Melesky had already done.

She then worked closely with Nature Explore to design an outdoor space using principles the organization had researched, and included staff development and family involvement to bring the space to life after approval.

"Our outdoor classroom was built completely by volunteers — anyone from our staff, to parents, to community members who simply wanted to increase awareness and appreciation for nature — it was beautiful," Melesky said.

Another benefit of the outdoor classroom is that it encourages developmentally appropriate risk tasking and decreases more high risk behavior when the children are older, Melesky said.

"When the kids try to carry water, climb something, or see if something floats, we will of course support them and watch them very closely, but we also let them go ahead and discover answers for themselves," she said.

"I love that this space is so open-ended, and it allows the kids to play differently every day and think outside the box each time by testing nature and their surroundings."

Child's Play by the Bay takes learning outside 

New Nature Explore classroom is first certified in Delaware

By Molly MacMillan | Jun 27, 2014 - Cape Gazzette 

Photo by: Molly MacMillanStudents, owners and pre-school teachers assembled at Child's Play by the Bay to celebrate the certification of their new outdoor classroom. Shown in the back row (l-r) Chase Thompson, Chance Gunter, Alisha Melesky, Kiera Fletcher, Sasha Robbins, Alex Muncie, Lucille Curcio, Tyler Steele, Amy Burhop, Quinn Klutchnik and in the front row are (l-r) Dylan Yost, Sarah and Caroline Feist,Theo Hart and Ainsley Fitzgerald.

Child's Play by the Bay pre-school student Sasha Robbins leaps from log to log in the climbing area of their certified outdoor classroom. (Photo by: Molly MacMillan)

Students (l-r) Chase Thompson, Theo Hart and Alex Muncie catch ants and make rain in their outdoor classroom at Child's Play by the Bay early childhood center on Savannah Road. (Photo by: Molly MacMillan)


Child's Play by the Bay's new outdoor oasis of natural learning stations now offers young children the first Certified Nature Explore classroom in Delaware.

Owners Sarah Feist and Alisha Melesky said they spent the winter gathering materials and volunteers to transform the back yard of their childhood development center on Savannah Road into an outdoor classroom with as many as 10 different learning stations.  Standard plastic playground equipment has been replaced with play areas designed to engage children in exploration and cooperative play.

"It's a small space but we've tried to use every inch in a purposeful way," Feist said. "We've noticed that with the plastic equipment, the kids would run outside and play the same every day, but now parents say the kids go home talking about something new every day."

Melesky explained the yard is divided into areas that are all labeled. "Of course, the kids can't read yet, but it promotes literacy and identifies that words mean something," she said. "We don't really need to tell the kids what to do because the space lends itself to so much open-ended play."

Some areas promote sensory play, such as the messy materials station where, Melesky and Feist said, they can crack a watermelon and let the kids feel the squishy sensory stimulation. Other stations promote quantity matching or musicality, with instruments made from natural materials such as wooden chimes.

Feist said for the young children ages 1 to 5 who attend Child's Play, the nature explore classroom promotes as many learning opportunities as a traditional indoor classroom. Many times, she said, learning is enhanced by the change of venue.

"As far as a classroom goes, we can bring our learning outside, and essentially anything we would do inside, we can also do outdoors," Feist said.

For more information about Child's Play by the Bay, call 302-645-2153 or visit For more information about the Nature Explore program, visit

Tyler Steele, left, and Ainsley Fitzgerald paint on a wooden pallet in the art area of their outdoor classroom at Child's Play by the Bay. (Photo by: Molly MacMillan)

Quinn Klutchnik gets practice at cross-lateral motion in the digging area of his outdoor classroom at Child's Play by the Bay. (Photo by: Molly MacMillan)

Quinn Klutchnik and Kiera Fletcher use the working pump in the water area of play to practice co-operation and learn early engineering skills. (Photo by: Molly MacMillan)

Pre-kindergarten students at Child's Play by the Bay take learning outdoors, when weather permits, in a new Certified Nature Explore classroom in the back yard. (Photo by: Molly MacMillan)

Child's Play by the Bay offers Handwriting Without Tears

June 02, 2014  

Cape Gazette 

Child’s Play by the Bay, an early childhood development and resource center in Lewes, announces that owners Sarah Feist and Alisha Melesky have recently become Certified Level 1 Handwriting Without Tears handwriting specialists. Feist and Melesky are the only two certified handwriting instructors in Sussex County.

Since opening in 2004, Child’s Play by the Bay has used the HWT program as its pre-handwriting and handwriting curriculum. HWT uses handwriting-teaching strategies that are multisensory and developmentally appropriate for young children.


HWT helps children develop motor skills, language skills, and positioning skills by using music and movement. It helps children gain an understanding of sizes and shapes. The curriculum uses step-by-step images that show children exactly how to make each part of every letter in the alphabet by using short, simple words to describe each step.


The program groups letters together and teaches them in a specific order, as this is essential to handwriting success. The HWT teaching order is based on children’s development, where letters start, and how letters are made.  “We pride ourselves on teaching in developmentally appropriate ways. Handwriting Without Tears is an easy, happy way to effectively teach pre-handwriting skills to young children,” said Melesky.

As Handwriting Without Tears Level 1 Certified handwriting specialists, Feist and Melesky have specialized skills and experience using HWT's award-winning curriculum. They have successfully completed an extensive process to achieve this level of certification.


They are trained to use the Handwriting Without Tears program and The Print Tool assessment, a one-on-one assessment used to evaluate and remediate capital letters, lower case letters, and numbers. “We are very excited to be the first to offer this type of handwriting assessment to school-age children in Sussex County,” said Feist.


Shields Elementary has adopted the HWT curriculum, providing great continuity from preschool to kindergarten. “I was ecstatic to find out that Child’s Play By the Bay is not only implementing HWT, but also has two certified handwriting specialists! Shields adopted the HWT program this year in kindergarten, and I feel that it is a truly beneficial program for successfully teaching handwriting. I am so excited to reap the benefits of students from Child’s Play learning handwriting the way they will be taught in kindergarten!” said Jenny Nauman, principal of Shields Elementary School.


For more information about the HWT program, go to Feist and Melesky can be reached at Child’s Play by the Bay: or 302-645-2153.

Early childhood education advocates travel to U.S. Senate

Dec 02, 2013

Cape Gazette 

Source: Submitted Amy Burhop, left, and Alisha Melesky of Child's Play by the Bay prepare for a visit to Sen. Tom Carper's office.

More than 300 advocates from the National Association for the Education of Young Children met Nov. 20 with members of the United States Senate to urge them to end damaging cuts to children’s programs and to make sound investments in early childhood education, including the Strong Start for America’s Children legislation.Administrator Alisha Melesky and preschool teacher Amy Burhop from Child’s Play by the Bay in Lewes were part of the advocacy group. They met with members of Delaware Sen. Tom Carper's and Sen. Christopher Coons' staff to advocate quality education for all young children in Delaware.While meeting on the Hill, Child’s Play teachers advocated for accessibility of high-quality early childhood programs for all children in the First State. Quality early learning programs lay the foundation for school readiness and academic success.Exceptional accessible child care is essential for Delaware families who work, and for children to be ready for school. Federal funds now reach only one in six eligible children to help pay for child care. Head Start funds serve less than half of the eligible preschoolers, and Early Head Start funds only 4 percent of the eligible infants and toddlers.The budget decisions should result in helping more children attend a safe, reliable place to learn; allow stable employment for working parents; and support an important U.S. workforce.

Learning Life and Job Skills in Preschool








Lewes Life September 2013 

Children's book set along Delaware beaches arrives at local stores

Author Denise Blum publishes "Captain Peaches Storms the Delaware Beaches"

Oct 06, 2012 - Cape Gazette 

Captain Peaches Storms the Delaware Beaches" has arrived at many area children's stores, restaurants and other businesses in time for holiday shopping.Author Denise Blum is offering a unique holiday gift idea for children this year. Her book, "Captain Peaches Storms the Delaware Beaches," is about a young pirate who is bored with her classes at Pirate Cove School until she learns from one of her history books about an unclaimed hidden treasure.


Using a map in the book, she gathers her best pirate pals and sets out on an exciting journey, following the map to claim her treasure. Her quest takes her to many of the Delaware beaches’ most popular destinations like the Indian River Inlet bridge, the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, Nicola Pizza, Jake’s Seafood and many more.


"Captain Peaches Storms The Delaware Beaches" can be purchased in Lewes at at Kids’ Ketch, the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal, Go Brit (Coastal Highway), Child’s Play by the Bay and King’s Ice Cream; in Dewey at Fifer Orchards; in Rehoboth at Nicola Pizza, Jake’s Seafood, Dos Locos, the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel, Go Fish, Fins Fish House, Lilypad Boutique, Rehoboth Toy & Kite and Lupo di Mare; in Bethany at Matt’s Fish Camp, Bluecoast Seafood Grill and Tidepool Toys; and in Milton at King's Ice Cream.

Child's Play bake sale slated May 7

Apr 29, 2011 - Cape Gazette 


Child’s Play by the Bay is baking up a variety of delicious treats for its third bake sale, slated for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, May 7, in front of the Hotel Rodney, 142 Second St., as part of the Lewes Merchants' Spring Sidewalk Sale.

This  fundraiser is part of Share Our Strength Great American Bake Sale, a national campaign that mobilizes Americans to end childhood hunger by holding bake sales in their communities. Funds from the bake sale are granted to organizations in local communities to provide low-income children with nutritious meals when they are needed most, during the summer and after school.

The bake sale will feature a variety of items prepared by families and friends of Child’s Play by the Bay. It will also feature baked goods from Stephen Kogler’s Old World Breads as well as other local bakers. Local bakers are welcome to donate.

Preschool students will be volunteering at the bake sale. It is a great opportunity for students to learn about beginning economics concepts including goods and services, buying and selling, and counting money. “We love projects that provide authentic learning opportunities for children while reinforcing the importance of helping others. Giving back to the community is a top priority for us,” said Sarah Dickey, co-owner of Child's Play by the Bay.

The Great American Bake Sale is supported by national television partner the Food Network and national magazine partner Family Circle magazine. For more information, go For more information about the Child’s Play local bake sale, contact Child's Play at 302-645-2153 or



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