Office of the Governor

Opportunity Funding

Districts and charter schools in Delaware are receiving weighted funding to better support the state’s most disadvantaged students. Working with the General Assembly, Governor Carney set aside $75 million over three years, beginning in Fiscal Year 2020, for English learners, low-income students and new mental health support in schools. By Fiscal Year 2025, annual funding for the program will increase to $60 million each year. This will include:


in Opportunity Funding to enhance services for English learners, and low-income students; and


in Mental Health & Reading Support

“High quality pre-kindergarten is one of the best investments we can make. It’s linked to fuller, richer lives for children and their families.”

- Kim Brancato, Appoquinimink Preschool Program and Preschool Labs Director

“We are already seeing a difference in our students.”

- Bridget Amory, Director of Student Learning, Milford School District

“The funding for this grant has allowed our school to implement a new multi-tiered support system that has resulted in tremendous growth for our children struggling with math and reading.”

- Denise Stouffer, Head of School, Providence Creek Academy in Clayton

District & Charter

The Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) works with district and charter school leaders, community representatives, families and educators to evaluate how schools are using the funding and to measure student progress. Learn more about how each district and charter school plans to use these funds.

District & Charter Page

Map of State of Delaware with school districts marked with map pins
Graphic representing that there are 129 added mental health/reading support contracts
Graphic representing that there is $5 million alloted for FY2020 mental health services and/or reading support

Learn more about District & Charter Contracts

Academia Antonia Alonso is hiring a Dean of Equity, Inclusion, and Access. The Charter is also hiring various paraprofessionals, teachers, and trauma specialists, as well as investing in Summer School Recovery programs.
Academy of Dover is hiring additional paraprofessionals to assist with meeting the needs of EL and low income students as well as a school counselor.
Appo is expanding pre-k enrollment for EL and low-income students. The district is funding teachers paraprofessionals to assist with pre-k.
Brandywine is expanding their social work staff to work with low-income and EL students and their families. That includes the additional of school culture and climate deans to work proactively with students on trauma-informed practices to reduce behavioral challenges. They are also funding math and literacy supports.

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Get Involved

Oversight Committee on Opportunity Funding

Governor Carney signed an executive order that established the Oversight Committee on Opportunity Funding to ensure that the initiative is achieving its goals to support low-income students, and English learners, and close achievement gaps in Delaware schools. This oversight committee will evaluate the effectiveness of the Opportunity Funding program, publish best practices, make recommendations on the future of the program, and ensure the public is aware of the steps that school districts and charter schools are taking to close achievement gaps.

Be engaged in this process. Attend one of the upcoming Opportunity Funding Advisory Committee Meetings.

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