Governor’s Weekly Message Transcript: Expanding Access to High-Quality Early Learning ProgramsThe first few years of a child’s life are crucial to his or her success. That’s why one of our top goals has been giving all Delaware families access to high-quality early learning programs and why I made early childhood funding one of my top budget priorities this year. It supports social and emotional development, helps even the playing field for children across socio-economic levels, and puts all kids on the path to meeting their full potential. The efforts of state leaders, advocates, and, most importantly, teachers and other staff are paying off. 2016-06-24 12:01:02
Governor’s Weekly Message: Expanding Access to High-Quality Early Learning ProgramsWilmington, DE – In his weekly message, Governor Markell highlights the efforts of the state to give all Delaware families access to high-quality early learning programs.
“The first few years of a child’s life are crucial to his or her success. That’s why one of our top goals has been giving all Delaware families access to high-quality early learning programs and why I made early childhood funding one of my top budget priorities this year,” Governor Markell said. “These efforts show how Delaware and the Obama Administration’s historic investments in early learning can make immediate and lasting change in the lives of our children. By continuing to live up to those commitments, we’ll create bright futures for our kids, and we’ll keep Delaware moving forward.”2016-06-24 12:00:32
Building and Sustaining a Stronger, More Prosperous Delaware: Strengthening Our EconomyThe video below addresses the progress of the state’s economy and how Delaware’s business climate encourages companies to locate and expand in Delaware. These results have happened as the state has pursued an approach of working with private, public and non-profit partners to support innovative technology, workforce development, and job-creating capital investment.2016-06-23 14:58:24
Governor Signs Bill Closing Gun Background Check LoopholeBuilding on the state’s efforts to implement responsible gun safety laws, Governor Markell today signed legislation to close a loophole that allows people to purchase firearms without passing a background check. House Bill 325, which received final approval from the General Assembly Wednesday, extends from three to 25 days the amount of time for a background check to be completed before a gun buyer may complete his or her purchase. It will not affect the vast majority of purchases since more than 91 percent of background checks are completed within minutes or, at most, hours.2016-06-22 18:07:30
More Families Receiving Access to High Quality Early Childhood CentersGovernor Jack Markell today celebrated the first-year progress of the pilot program funded by the grant with a visit to the Parents and Children Together at Tech United Cerebral Palsy of Delaware (PACTT) child care center at Sussex Technical High School in Georgetown. The state is receiving more than $7 million over the five years of the grant.2016-06-22 17:43:53
Governor's Weekly Message Transcript: Ensuring the Rights and Safety of All Delawareans and AmericansLast Sunday, Delawareans and Americans across the country awoke to the horrifying and tragic news of the worst mass shooting in the nation’s history – a crime that the President appropriately called “an act of terror and an act of hate.” Victims were largely from the LGBT community. To Delaware’s LGBT community, we stand with you. To Camp Rehoboth and Haven at University of Delaware, thank you for standing strong and providing comfort. 2016-06-17 12:59:44
Weekly Message Transcript: Making the Most of the Talents of All PeopleOur state is at its best when we make the most of the talents of all of our people. Every member of our community deserves a chance to be productive, to be told they and their work matter, and to contribute to the greater good by putting their time and talent to use. 2016-06-10 12:01:11
Governor Markell Announces Five Judicial NominationsGovernor Markell today announced the nominations of five individuals to serve as members of the Delaware judiciary, including the Honorable Janell Ostroski (for Judge of the Family Court, New Castle County), the Honorable Louann Vari (for Judge of the Family Court, Kent County), the Honorable Mary Much (for reappointment as Commissioner of the Family Court, New Castle County), Katharine Mayer (for Commissioner of the Superior Court, New Castle County), and Donald Bucklin (for Commissioner of the Court of Common Pleas for Kent and Sussex Counties).2016-06-08 14:10:26
Building and Sustaining a Stronger, More Prosperous DelawareIn the weeks ahead, the Governor’s office will release a series of videos highlighting the progress the state has made over the past eight years through the voices of Delawareans. They will address ways in which the lives of Delawareans today, and generations to come, are being affected by efforts to strengthen our schools, develop cleaner and more efficient energy, make the state a safer and more welcoming place for all people, improve recreational and cultural options, and create more economic development and opportunity.
Governor's Weekly Message Transcript: Expanding Opportunities for Our Students With Language ImmersionAll of our young people deserve access to the best possible education and training for their futures. That means supporting them in reading, writing, math, and science, and helping them acquire key skills for jobs in growing industries. But, we must not overlook the value of language learning. In today’s interconnected world, our economy and individuals’ job opportunities increasingly rely on the ability to communicate with people whose first language isn’t English.2016-05-27 12:01:25
Governor Markell Announces Expansion of World Language Immersion InitiativeGovernor Jack Markell, who provided the leadership and funding for language immersion studies in Delaware elementary schools through his World Language Expansion Initiative in 2011, on Tuesday joined immersion students from across the Caesar Rodney School District for a celebratory event at Simpson Elementary School, where he also discussed the state’s plan to expand the program and to ensure students can continue their immersion language study after elementary school.2016-05-24 16:40:08
Governor's Weekly Message Transcript: Preparing Our Students to Thrive in Rewarding CareersBuilding a rewarding career in growing industries today increasingly requires education and training beyond the traditional high school curriculum. We’re committed to opening those pathways for every Delaware student. One way is through our innovative Pathways to Prosperity program. It’s forging partnerships between employers, school districts, and institutions of higher education to provide hands-on, real-world training to high school students.2016-05-20 12:02:36