Caesar Rodney
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... The district officially came into existence as State Consolidated District No. 1 on July 1, 1915 under the authority of a state consolidation law. Shortly thereafter residents of the area voted 52 to 1 to approve a $12,000 bond to supplement an $18,000 appropriation from the state for the construction of a new school building for grades one through twelve. Not long after that the school board adopted the name of Caesar Rodney for the district and school in honor of the Revolutionary War hero and statesman who had made his home near St. Jones Neck in the eastern part of the county....

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J. Ralph McIlvaine Early Childhood Center

School Info

Address: 11 East Walnut, Magnolia DE 19962
Telephone: (302) 335-5039
Principal: Sherry Kijowski

Kindergarten Registration -- Begins April 7th

Kindergarten registration begins April 7th at McIlvaine Early Childhood Center and Welch Elementary School. Students must turn 5 by August 31, 2014 to eligible to register for kindergarten. Your child should also be present during registration because he / she will complete the readiness screening at that time. Registration takes approximately 30-45 minutes to complete.

Monday, April 7th
9am - 3pm

Tuesday, April 8th
9am - 3pm
4:30-6:30 pm
(Evening at MECC and Welch Elementary)

Wednesday, April 9th
9am - 3pm

Thursday, April 10th
9am - 3pm
4:30 - 6:30 pm
(Evening at MECC only)

Friday, April 11th
9am - 3pm

Families need to bring the following information to registration:

· An original copy of the child’s birth certificate
· Photo ID of the parent / guardian registering the child
· Proof of residency with your name and current address (must match photo ID information)
· Acceptable documents include mortgage, rental agreement, electric bill, gas bill, or water bill
· The district does NOT accept phone bills or cable bills as proof of residency
· If you do not rent or own your home, please contact the McIlvaine office (335-5039) or the Welch Elementary office (674-9080) so the staff can explain the additional residency information that is needed
· Guardianship papers, if applicable
· Any health records (shots, physical, and allergy related documentation)

Website: J. Ralph McIlvaine Early Childhood Center

School Year: August 24th to June 2nd
School Hours:
Full day - 8:30am to 3:30pm
Grades: K

Additional Info

School Menus: Breakfast & Lunch (changes Monthly)
Students per Teacher: 19
School Calendar: 2011 - 2012 (PDF)
Department of Education: Specific Information

About J. Ralph McIlvaine Early Childhood Center

The Caesar Rodney School District has renovated and expanded the existing McIlvaine Early Childhood Center so that it will house all kindergarten students in the district, beginning in the 2009-2010 school year. Approximately 400 students zoned for Stokes, Simpson, Brown, Star Hill, and Allen Frear Elementary School will begin their educational journey at the "Home of the Littlest Riders" and will return to their home school for grades 1-5. The renovation and expansion of the school site (originally erected in 1934) has meant an increase from 6 to 22 classrooms and an increase in staffing from 16 to approximately 50 people.

The staff at McIlvaine Early Childhood Center is considered a "torch bearer" in the field of early education and intervention. The school's work was profiled in the National Association of Elementary School Principal's publication Spotlight on Promising Practices for their annual Health and Safety Fair. Additionally, the school has been the recipient of the Delaware Department of Education's Parent Involvement Award and has received numerous grants to support literacy, the FISH philosophy, and parent outreach. It should also be noted that eleven different districts and charter schools throughout the state of Delaware have sent school teams to observe the work at McIlvaine. Great things are happening at the Home of the Littlest Riders!


The Caesar Rodney School District has established a curriculum development process which supports alignment to the existing Delaware State Standards and Grade Level Expectations. This process involves teacher and administrative input through a Curriculum Cabinet and Council process. The preparation of our students as life-long learners in a global community of the 21st century society is the unifying objective of this process. The curriculum not only identifies essential knowledge and skills, but also supports students' development in problem solving and gathering and using resources that will enable them to succeed. Each content area (English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Visual and Performing Arts, World Languages, Physical Education, Health, and Family and Consumer Sciences) also has an Assessment OF Learning and Assessment FOR Learning component to support students in the learning process and to determine specific performance relative to the State Standards.

Aftercare Program

Before and Aftercare information


"...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."

~ Sherry Kijowski; Principal