First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney is leading the First Chance Delaware initiative. The goal of this initiative is to ensure that all of Delaware’s children have a “first chance” to succeed.
First Chance Delaware encourages public, private, non-profit, philanthropic, business entities and community partnerships that work to:
The Task Force to End Childhood Hunger consists of a central team convened by the First Lady with representatives from the Food Bank of Delaware, the Department of Education, and the Department of Health and Social Services. This task force’s specific goals include increasing participation and building partnerships in support of the Summer Food Service Program and alternative model school breakfasts. The task force also seeks to promote awareness of all programs, public and private, available to Delawareans experiencing food insecurity. Other task force partners include the Harry K Foundation, superintendents, principals, members of the Delaware School Nutrition Association, the Department of Agriculture, Delaware farmers, Summer Food Service Program sponsors and partners, and the regional office of the USDA.
Tracey works closely with the Delaware Libraries, the Delaware Readiness Teams, and other advocates to promote learning readiness through literacy, health, and parent-child engagement programs. These programs include the Dolly Parton Imagination Library and Kindergarten Readiness programming.
In Delaware, every child under the age of five is eligible to receive a gift of a monthly book at no charge to families. Families can sign up for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library on Delaware Libraries’ website: delawarelibraries.org/imagination.Sign up for free books!
In order to raise awareness around Adverse Childhood Experiences, Tracey has worked closely with the Family Services Cabinet Council to promote trauma awareness, including recognizing May as Trauma Awareness Month and presenting Delaware’s Compassionate Champions awards.
2023 will mark the fifth-annual Trauma Awareness Month in Delaware.Learn more about Trauma Awareness Month
To learn more about First Chance Delaware and Pathways to Resilience, read Tracey’s opinion piece in the News Journal.