Welcome to the Delaware Thrives blog!

The blog is a forum for sharing news, opinions and best practices related to maternal and infant health, early child development, healthy families and healthy communities in Delaware.

Survey Participants Needed

March 8, 2021

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Delaware Chapter is seeking Black girls ages 10–19 to participate in a statewide study.

Getting Kids School-Ready: A New Report Details Delaware’s Challenges

October 12, 2020

Children who spend their earliest years struggling with physical health, mental health, cultural, language, motivational, or learning challenges are already behind the curve when they start school. A new report from the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network provides information to guide the development of children in Delaware — particularly those in[…..]

BLACK BREASTFEEDING WEEK: AUGUST 25-31

August 21, 2020

There are countless reasons why breastfeeding is best for black mothers and babies. Join our sessions that break down the barriers to breastfeeding and offer support to help moms form that healthy bond with their little ones.

Community Health Advocates and Domestic Violence

July 24, 2020

As shelter-in-place orders and safer-at-home mandates keep us from venturing away from home, we face the unfortunate reality that this pandemic may keep people in closer proximity to their abusers. Data from the National Domestic Violence Hotline shows that contact volume to the hotline has increased 9% from 2019 to 2020. The Delaware Coalition Against[…..]

SAVE THE DATE: Exposing Crevices and Breakdowns in the System: The Impact of COVID-19 on Black and Brown Pregnant Women and Families in Delaware

July 8, 2020

Live webinar July 30, 2020, at 10 a.m. A startling and disproportionate death rate among Black, brown, and Native Americans around the country from COVID-19 is revealing persistent inequities rooted in pervasive structural racism. There is an immediate need for solutions to address these concerns as well as to expose the crevices and breakdowns in[…..]

Early Head Start Home Visitor Shares a Success Story

April 4, 2020

When asked to do “virtual” home visits, I was admittedly anxious! I did not have a clear picture of how that was going to work out. But after my first virtual home visit, I completely relaxed and thought, “This can be successful!” I have been busy connecting families with necessary resources. I provided them with[…..]

Healthy Families Delaware Continue to Support Families

April 4, 2020

Healthy Families Delaware (HFD) has completely transitioned to “virtual visits” to continue supporting our families. We are working with our IT department to move all clients to virtual as soon as possible. We were able to deliver supplies such as diapers, wipes, and Cribs for Kids pack n plays last week. Our family support specialists[…..]

At-Home Activities for Children During COVID-19

March 20, 2020

Children throughout Delaware are out of school and now at home, due to the risks of COVID-19. During this time, it’s important to keep children active and engaged throughout the day. This not only helps with boredom, but also helps with their development. Whether your child is between the age of 0-3 years old or[…..]

CDC COVID-19 Resources

March 17, 2020

It is important that you and your families have accurate information about the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. We have compiled resources to help all Delawareans understand the disease and its effects on our community.

POSTPONED: 15th Annual Delaware Healthy Mother & Infant Consortium Summit

February 28, 2020

Due to growing concerns and travel restrictions brought on by the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Delaware Healthy Mother and Infant Consortium (DHMIC) Annual Summit will be postponed until further notice. The Delaware Healthy Mother & Infant Consortium (DHMIC) provides statewide leadership on maternal and child health; coordinates efforts to prevent infant mortality; and works to improve[…..]