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DHSS Press Release



Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Cell 302-357-7498
Email: jill.fredel@state.de.us

Date: June 6, 2016
DHSS-6-2016





MEDIA ADVISORY

VITAL STATS PILOT PROGRAM IN WILMINGTON TO HELP KINDERGARTEN ENROLLMENT AND CITY RESIDENTS


WHO: The Honorable Dennis P. Williams, Mayor, City of Wilmington
Rita Landgraf, Secretary, Delaware Health and Social Services
Karyl T. Rattay, MD, Director, Division of Public Health (DPH)
Dr. Jacqueline D. Jenkins, Ed.D, Chief Strategy Advisor for Education, City of Wilmington
Caitlin Gleason, Education Associate, Office of Early Learning, Department of Education (DOE)
WHAT: In partnership with the City of Wilmington, DPH is opening a satellite vital statistics office to offer birth certificates to parents or guardians seeking to enroll a child in kindergarten. Everyone seeking a birth certificate will be served. A certified copy of the child's birth certificate is a kindergarten requirement. This press conference and ribbon-cutting begins a pilot program at the Northeast State Service Center. The new office will be open two days a week until October 27, 2016. The initiative supports on-time kindergarten enrollment while providing a convenient service to those who live or work in Wilmington. As always, birth certificates are also available on-line.

City of Wilmington Mayor Dennis P. Williams requested the pilot.
WHEN: Tuesday, June 7, 2016, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Northeast State Service Center, Vital Statistics waiting room, 1624 Jessup St., Wilmington, DE 19802.

Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations. DPH, a division of DHSS, urges Delawareans to make healthier choices with the 5-2-1 Almost None campaign: eat 5 or more fruits and vegetables each day, have no more than 2 hours of recreational screen time each day (includes TV, computer, gaming), get 1 or more hours of physical activity each day, and drink almost no sugary beverages.



Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.





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