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The Delaware Parents Association (DPA), established in 1985 by ten Head Start parents, firmly upholds the belief that parents are the foremost educators and mentors in their children's lives. Recognizing the profound impact that parents have on their children's development, DPA strives to empower parents with the knowledge, resources, and support they need to fulfill their vital role. By fostering strong parent-child relationships, promoting open communication, and encouraging active involvement in their children's education, the Delaware Parents Association seeks to create a nurturing and enriching environment where children can thrive and reach their full potential. Through their unwavering commitment to this belief, DPA aims to strengthen the bond between parents and children, ultimately shaping a brighter future for the entire community.


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Our story

For nearly four decades, Delaware Parents Association has made a significant impact in the community by supporting children and parents in various ways. One of their notable programs is the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), which provides nutritious meals and snacks to over 220 family day care homes. By ensuring that children have access to healthy food, DPA not only promotes a child’s physical well-being but also contributes to their overall development and growth.

Another impactful initiative of DPA is the Family Support Network and Resource Center. This program focuses on promoting advocacy, education, and parent empowerment. Through workshops, seminars, and support groups, parents are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to navigate the challenges of parenting. By empowering parents, the association strengthens family dynamics and fosters a supportive community where children can thrive.

The Get Smart Don't Start Tobacco Prevention program is another vital effort by Delaware Parents Association. This program aims to educate children and parents about the dangers of tobacco use and prevent them from starting this harmful habit. By raising awareness and providing resources for tobacco prevention, the association plays a crucial role in safeguarding the health and well-being of the community's youth.

The Delaware Parents Association also recognizes the importance of addressing issues such as separating/divorcing parenting and domestic violence. Through their certified education classes, they provide support and guidance to individuals and families navigating these challenging situations. By offering resources and education, the association helps create a safer and more stable environment for children and promotes healthy family relationships.

Overall, the Delaware Parents Association's diverse range of programs and services have had a profound impact on the community. Through their commitment to supporting children and parents, they have created a nurturing and empowering environment where families can thrive. By addressing various needs and challenges, DPA has made a lasting difference in the lives of countless individuals and has contributed to building a stronger and more resilient community.

our mission & philosophy

The mission of DPA is to provide a place for parental support and empowerment by working with parents to plan, design, and implement parent-youth programs of their choice. Staff practitioners help parents, youth and young adults to understand that they are an important force within their families and communities.

The Delaware Parents Association, Inc. subscribes and promotes the following basic beliefs and philosophy:

  • Parents are basically good; and they possess an innate and unconditional love for their children.

  • Parents will always try, to the best of their ability, to love and care for their children and give them the very best in life.

  • Parents are the most important force in building strong, resilient and healthy families. This philosophy promotes providing basic family life skills as well as parental support and empowerment.

  • Self-advocacy, choice, and knowledge are critical ingredients in establishing parents as the primary force in building strong families, and in delaying the onset and decreasing the frequency of substance abuse. Families are involved in identifying the problems and in offering solutions.

  • Mentoring support is for youth and young adults  critical in providing a solid foundation for positive empowerment and advocacy within their educational environment and communities.

Our Vision

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  • To create a place for parents, youth, and young adults to find support and information .

  • To address issues concerning work/family relationships.

  • To disseminate timely and pertinent child development information.

  • To create an environment where parents, youth and young adults can implement what they know.

  • To provide parents with the skills and tools to work with schools and the community as partners.

usda non-discrimination statement

For all other FNS nutrition assistance programs, state or local agencies, and their subrecipients, must post the following Nondiscrimination Statement:

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

  1. mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or

  2. fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or

  3. email:


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Page updated: February 15, 2023

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