Statewide Coalition Releases Funding Plan for Kids

Community advocates and leaders gathered on Tuesday to announce the Coalition for Delaware’s Kids, with a goal of convincing the State of Delaware to spend $55 million in “one-time” state revenues over four years on programs targeted at improving the lives and futures of low-income children throughout Delaware. The following participants attended the event at Shortlidge Elementary School in Wilmington or have joined the coalition:

Merv Daugherty (Red Clay Consolidated School District)
Dusty Blakey (Colonial School District)
Matt Denn (Delaware Attorney General)
Linwood Jackson (Delaware State NAACP)
Yvonne Johnson (Delaware PTA)
Dr. Laura Lawler (Delaware Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics)
Maria Matos (Latin American Community Center)
Rev. Vincent Oliver (Interdenominational Ministers Action Council)
Rabbi Michael Beals (Congregation Beth Shalom)
Rev. John G. Moore Sr. (Calvary Baptist Church)
Michelle Taylor (United Way of Delaware)
Leslie Verucci (Delaware Nurses Association)
Drew Serres (Network Delaware)
Eugene Young (Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League)
Don Keister (atTAcK addiction)

The proposal is for use of $55 million in Fiscal Year 2017 revenue to the state that came in above the state’s official revenue prediction for that fiscal year, as recognized by the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Committee in September. The Coalition for Delaware’s Kids believes this money should be spread out over four years rather than spent all at once, and dedicated entirely to programs that will benefit Delaware’s children, particularly those living in poverty:

  • Home visitation programs for infants and toddlers born in low-income households
  • Expanding enrollment of 3- and 4-year olds in Pre-K
  • Increasing financial support for high-poverty elementary schools
  • Expanding after-school and summer programs for low-income students
  • Improving re-entry services for juveniles exiting the state’s juvenile correctional system
  • Creating a recovery high school for students being treated for substance abuse
  • Implementing the CDC’s data sharing plan

A more detailed description of the plan can be found here, and can also be found on the Coalition’s website ( and Facebook page (