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Help for families affected by incarceration


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More than one in 40 children in the United States has a parent in prison. Losing a parent to incarceration can mean a crisis for a child and the family. Quality early learning and family support programs can help build resiliency, reduce recidivism, and help children and families during a difficult time.

Parents are a child’s first and most important teacher. Parenting can be challenging under the best of circumstances! Sometimes, parents and caregivers need extra help and support. Part of DEL’s work is to help families identify and access the resources they need to nurture a child’s healthy development, and school and life success.

Many state agencies and private organizations offer support and services for families that are affected by incarceration. The following are resources that can help families affected by incarceration:

Looking for a mentoring program for a child affected by a parent's incarceration?

Looking for community resources to help make ends meet?
Parent Help 123 (help applying for food, medical and child care assistance)

Looking for a local ECEAP or Head Start preschool program?

Looking for a child care provider?
Child Care Aware

Want to know more about your child care provider's licensing history?
Child Care Check

For more information, email