Gov. John Carney joined first lady Tracey Quillen Carney, members of his cabinet, representatives from Casey Family Programs and child advocates April 5 to announce First Chance Delaware, an initiative led by the first lady to recognize and facilitate effective partnerships, to share research and best practices and to promote opportunities to collaborate in support of Delaware’s children.

Casey Family Programs provided the founding grant for First Chance Delaware and will continue to provide technical and operational support through Casey’s First Spouse Initiative program.

First Chance Delaware will focus its work on ending childhood hunger and expanding access to nutritious food for low-income children; promoting learning readiness through literacy, health and parent-child engagement programs; and advancing the recognition of — and effective responses to — adverse childhood experiences.

The statewide Task Force to End Childhood Hunger is the first model partnership to be recognized as a First Chance Delaware program.

For more, visit