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First Chance Delaware

First Chance Delaware

“First Chance is not a new program. It is a framework, in coordination with the Family Services Cabinet Council, to promote a statewide culture of commitment to Delaware’s children. In advancing that culture, we recognize our shared interest, as well as our shared moral obligation, to give all children an opportunity to realize their potential – in learning, work, and citizenship.”

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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:

  • End childhood hunger and expand access to nutritious food for low-income children
  • Promote learning readiness through literacy, health, and parent-child engagement programs
  • Advance the recognition of and effective response to adverse childhood experiences


First Chance is a vehicle to recognize and to facilitate effective partnerships, to share research and best practices, and to promote awareness of opportunities to collaborate in support of Delaware’s children.
Casey Family Programs provided the founding grant for First Chance Delaware, and will continue to provide technical and operational support through Casey’s First Spouse Initiative program.



There are several active and developing model partnerships throughout Delaware, including the Task Force to End Childhood Hunger, the first partnership to be recognized as a First Chance initiative.

  • The Task Force to End Childhood Hunger consist 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.


The First Lady having snacks with children in their school
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To learn more about First Chance Delaware and Pathways to Resilience, read Tracey’s recent opinion piece in the News Journal.

Get Involved

If your ORGANIZATION is interested in partnering with others toward First Chance goals, please fill out form 1 below.

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Ending childhood hunger and expanding access to nutritious food for low-income children
Promoting learning readiness
Responding to adverse childhood experiences

If you are an INDIVIDUAL who would like to volunteer at First Chance events (such as community food drives, book drives, baby showers, and peer or play groups), please fill out form 2 below.

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(check all that apply):
Sussex County
Kent County
New Castle County
City of Wilmington


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