Hope Lutheran Early Education Center is a state-licensed, nonprofit ministry of Hope Lutheran Church, and a Delaware Stars provider of early education and Before/After School care for children from 2 to 8 years old in the New Castle County and Colonial School District communities.


We have a history of changing and evolving with the needs of the diverse community we serve. In the summer of 1967, before local school districts began providing Kindergarten, Hope Lutheran Kindergarten opened its doors. Once Kindergarten class became part of the elementary school education, we offered two part-time pre-school classes as more mothers entered the workforce. With the rise of households with two working parents came the growing demand for full-day child care with an early education curriculum. Hope Lutheran Early Education has been in operation since 1971, educating and caring for the children and families of New Castle County.

Leadership & Bios

From the leadership team to the teachers and care givers, every member of the staff at Hope Lutheran Early Education Center has a deep commitment to the education and care of young children. We love what we do, and take a genuine interest in each child we teach or care for.


snailLaura Cahall

    Laura has a BS in Elementary Education, and has worked in the field since 1996. She has worked in both public and private education settings, teaching children from 2-year-olds through 4th grade. Her roles have included Assistant Director of Preschool, Before and After Care Instructor, and 1st Grade Teacher. She was fortunate to be home with her daughters for the first four years of their lives before becoming the Director of the Hope Early Education Center. Her desire to serve families is evident in her daily interactions at Hope. “I am grateful every day to be a part of such a beautiful ministry.”

butterflyJanine Borrelli
Administrative Office Manager

    Janine earned her BA in Psychology from the University of Delaware. She has been working in the Early Education office since 2010. Her responsibilities include assisting the Director while also managing tuition billing, documentation and correspondence. Janine grew up at Hope and was part of Sunday School and Youth Group, later serving as Wedding Coordinator and Youth Director. “My passion is community outreach and my leadership work in the church’s ministry has spanned 22 years of my adult life.”