J.R. McIlvaine Early Childhood Center

Where Educational Excellence Is A Tradition

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McIlvaine Announcements

  • May 2022

    Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s):

    Kindergarten graduation will be here before you know it!  We are excited to share this special day with you and your child. The kindergarten classes from McIlvaine Early Childhood Center will participate in a graduation celebration at the time noted below, in your child’s classroom:

    Monday, June 6

    Tuesday, June 7

    Wednesday, June 8














    Cabaud & Stombaugh
















    Purnell & Mills

    Stout & Corbett





















    There is a strict two ticket limit per student for graduation. Tickets will be distributed to students towards the end of May. Additionally, in order to keep walkways clear and give you the best view of your student we kindly ask for you to leave strollers & balloons in your vehicle or at home.

    In order to be good neighbors to the families attending a ceremony before or after your child’s ceremony please be sure to arrive no more than 10 minutes prior to your child’s scheduled graduation time and please understand that we will need your parking space for the next group of families to attend their scheduled event. If you choose to sign your child out for the remainder of the day to continue the celebration it will be an excused early dismissal. Please do not forget to bring your photo ID if you are planning to sign your child out!

    Gowns for the ceremony will be provided by the school.  However, the cap & tassel is your child’s to keep from this event. We will have photo stations set up outside with gowns to borrow for pictures. Please be sure to return the gown to the rack after taking the photo. Additionally, the picture stations will be set up all week beginning Monday, June 6th for you to take pictures at a time that is convenient for you.


    The Faculty and Staff of McIlvaine Early Childhood Center

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  • School Climate Survey

    Spring 2022

    Dear Parent/Guardian,

    Included is a link to a survey about your child’s school.  We are asking you to complete the survey to help us learn what parents and guardians think about our school.  Your thoughts and opinions are very important.  Through this survey, we will use your experiences and opinions to help us build on our strengths and work to make improvements. 

    The survey will only take about 15 minutes to complete and can be accessed by desktop, laptop, or mobile device.  If you have more than one child in this school, please complete the survey with one child’s experiences in mind.

    The Delaware School Climate Survey was developed by the Delaware Positive Behavior Support Initiative (a partnership between the Delaware Department of Education and the Center for Disabilities Studies at the University of Delaware).  There is no identifying information on the survey, so no one will know how you individually answered any of the questions. Information from completed surveys will be used by the University of Delaware to make a report for our school.

    When completing the survey, please do the following:

    • Answer every question
    • Mark an answer that best describes what you believe about the situation described
    • Complete the survey by May 20, 2022
    • Complete only 1 survey per child

    Please feel free to contact me, or your child’s teacher, if you have any questions about the survey.

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and opinions with us and helping to make our school a better place for all students. 

    To access the HOME version of the DE School Climate Survey by desktop or mobile device, please click on this link and it will take you directly to the survey.

    English - https://delaware.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0O4LS0HB8rxNW2q  

    Spanish - https://delaware.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9WWlakcFbAPILAy

    For families that have listed Haitian Creole as their first language a paper copy will be sent home for you to complete and return.




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  • Welcome

    Welcome to McIlvaine Early Childhood Center, Home of the Littlest Riders! Our staff can’t wait for you and your child to enter the doors of our learning community. Your kindergartener is embarking on the start of an exciting educational journey, and we’re glad that you’ve chosen McIlvaine ECC as the place to begin the learning process.

    Education is a partnership that involves you, your children, and our staff. We will provide outstanding teachers, a caring and supportive staff, and a safe and fun learning environment for your child. As our partners, we need you to instill in your children the value of education. Some of the best ways to do this are making sure your child is well-rested, arrives each day on time and ready to learn, helping them with homework, and talking with them about ideas and topics that they're studying in school. I also strongly encourage you to read to and with your child everyday. This is one of the best ways to instill their love of reading while building and reinforcing important literacy skills. Twenty minutes of daily reading -- to and with your child -- equals one hundred and twenty two hours of reading skills practiced in one year!

    McIlvaine ECC is your school. We want you to feel that you are a welcome and integral part of the learning community. Everyone at our school including teachers, students, families, office staff, paraprofessionals, custodians, and food service workers is continually learning, growing, and working together to enrich the learning environment. Learning together and sharing with each other are two of the most powerful ways to learn. Acting in this way also builds relationships and a sense of community in our school.

    Get involved! Time invested with your child(ren) at home and at school pays off in huge dividends. The more you participate, the more you and your child will benefit from school. I strongly encourage you to attend school functions and to volunteer in the classroom or library, share your talents, and chaperone field trips. Please contact your classroom teacher or call the school for more information on ways that you can get involved.

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District-Wide Announcement

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CR Headlines & Features

  • District News - May 10, 2022

    Michele (Missy) Snyder, a second grade math teacher at Major George S. Welch Elementary School, has been selected as the 2022-2023 Caesar Rodney School District Teacher of the Year.  By being chosen as the District winner Mrs. Snyder is eligible for the State Teacher of the Year award that will be announced in the fall by the Delaware Department of Education.   

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  • District News - April 26, 2022

    The Caesar Rodney School District, Board of Education, students and community join in mourning the loss of former teacher, principal and Superintendent Dr. David E. Robinson.  Dr. Robinson passed away on Sunday, April 24.

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  • District News - April 14, 2022

    Earlier this week Fred Fifer III Middle School  served as the site for an announcement by U.S. Senator Chris Coons about a $215,000 state grant that will expand the services of the Best Buddies Delaware program! Fifer students joined the Senator and representatives from Best Buddies to make the announcement.

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  • District News - April 12, 2022

    On Saturday, April 7, the Caesar Rodney High School Black Student Union officers attended the statewide Black Student Summit co-hosted by the United Way of Delaware and the Delaware Racial Justice Collaborative. The event was a half-day gathering held at the Chase Fieldhouse in Wilmington to connect and uplift members of Black Student Unions & Associations, Advisors, School Administrators, and allies that support them as they fight for equity and justice.

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  • District News - March 30, 2022

    Former Fred Fifer Middle School student, and 2019 Caesar Rodney High School graduate, Justin Morgan, recently donated a series of books to Donna Phillips, Fifer Middle School librarian, for all students to enjoy. Justin was compelled to make the donation as a way of 'reading it forward'.  Justin explained that he "wanted to give back to the school and the librarian that helped me love to read".

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  • District News - March 28, 2022

    Caesar Rodney High School is excited to announce the appointment of Mr. Benjamin “Trey” Mitchell as the new head varsity wrestling coach.

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  • District News - March 25, 2022

    The Caesar Rodney School District is proud to recognize school psychologist Maria Romanko, of Caesar Rodney High School, as the District's first Behavioral Health Professional of the Year. This is a new award recently established by State Legislation and coordinated by the Department of Education. The state-wide winner will be announced in late May or early June.

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  • District News - March 11, 2022

     The Board of Education of the Caesar Rodney School District is pleased to announce that Dr. Christine Alois has been selected as the first woman and 11th Superintendent for the district.  Currently the Deputy Secretary for the Delaware Department of Education (DDOE), Dr. Alois will take over as Superintendent on April 1, 2022. 

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  • District News - March 10, 2022

    Caesar Rodney School District swept the awards at the 2022 Delaware State Spelling Bee held last weekend at St. Mark’s High School!

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  • District News - March 7, 2022

    Caesar Rodney High School is excited to announce the appointment of Dr. Rebecca Woodzell as the new head varsity field hockey coach.

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  • District News - March 4, 2022

    The Caesar Rodney School District is partnering with First State Community Action Agency, Capital School District, the United Way of Delaware and Delaware State University to establish a Freedom School in Kent County.

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  • District News - February, 25, 2022

    W. Reily Brown Elementary students contributes to local Code Purple shelter

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  • District News - January 20, 2022

    Caesar Rodney School District Superintendent Announces Retirement - Dr. Fitzgerald will retire at the end of March 2022

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  • District News - January 19, 2022

    This Proclamation was read & presented to Kevin Thompson at the January 2022 School Board Meeting this Week

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  • District News - January 14, 2022

    Gretchen Fox, M.Ed., an 8th grade English Language Arts teacher at Magnolia Middle School, was recently awarded $1,000 as the winner of the 4th Annual Hertrich Cash for Class competition. The award money will be used to support the manga and anime reading library that Mrs. Fox maintains for all students at Magnolia Middle School.

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  • An Equal Opportunity Employer
    The Caesar Rodney School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in employment or educational programs, services or activities based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, veteran or marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identification or genetic information in accordance with State and Federal laws. Inquiries about compliance should be made to the Title IX, District 504 and ADA Compliance Officers: Paul L. Dunbar Administrative Building, 7 Front Street, Wyoming DE, 19934. Phone (302)698-4800.

    Department of Justice
    Bullying Prevention and School Crime Contact
    Joseph Flinn (Ombudsperson)
    Hotline:  1-800-220-5414