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Action for Delaware's Children is a not-for-profit organization set up to advocate for Delaware's children.

Our goal is to be a voice for Delaware’s children, especially those living in poverty.  We believe that many Delawareans want to help these children fulfill their potential, and we seek to educate members of the public about how the state can do that.  Our hope is that the Delawareans we reach will, in turn, ask their elected representatives to make the changes needed to help these kids.


There are dozens of registered lobbyists in Delaware.  None of them have, as their primary mission, the interests of Delaware’s children.

When we began our work in early 2020, the state had been financially healthy, with tens of millions of dollars in discretionary funds being spent every year. But too little of that money had been invested directly in programs that benefited children.

Over the last two years, we have helped to change that. Working with dozens of dedicated volunteers and supportive elected officials, we have helped to advocate for significant expansions in quality Pre-K, expanded school day, expanded school year, and student wellness center services for children living in poverty.


Going forward, we plan to build on these efforts, and expand our advocacy to include reinvigoration of the state’s commitment to bringing Delawareans into our schools and classrooms to augment the work of the great teachers and staff working in our public schools.

Click here for photos of our volunteers and supporters!


Board President: Terri Hodges, Ed.D (Past State President, Delaware PTA)

Board Vice President: Matt Denn (former AG/Lt. Governor/Insurance Commissioner)

Board Vice President: Senator Liane Sorenson

Board Secretary/Treasurer: Michael Vild (Cross & Simon)

Evelyn Brady (Voting Rights Advocate)

Lori Brewington (Sallie Mae)

Sarah Goncher (Christiana Care Health Services)

Tom Hanna (Harvey Hanna & Associates)

Senator Margaret Rose Henry

Jane Hovington (Lower Delaware NAACP)

Stacey Johnson (Gilliam Fellow)

Melissa Kenny (Kenny Family Shop-Rite)

Ellen Levin (Ellen and Alan Levin Family Foundation)

Maria Matos (Latin American Community Center)

Michael Nestor (Young, Conaway, Stargatt & Taylor)

Rev. Shanika Perry (Interdenominational Ministers Action Council)

Chandra Pitts (One Village Alliance)

Joe Rhoades (Rhoades & Morrow)

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