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ERIC Number: EJ781206
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0046-9157
The Military Child Education Coalition[TM] and Pre-K Now: Working Together to Expand Pre-Kindergarten Options for Children
Surles, Stephanie; Higgins, Holly Barnes
Exceptional Parent, v37 n10 p81 Oct 2007
Research from the National Institute for Early Education Research shows that the benefits of quality early education are not limited to special needs or to key risk factors, such as difficult economic circumstances. Instead, Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) programs were shown to be important for all children. Access to high-quality Pre-K programs is important for military children and their families, and can be an issue for children with special needs. Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) and Pre-K Now saw a special group of children that should be assured a place in a nurturing Pre-K classroom, wherever the military life took them and their families. Now, policy makers and families in states without access to Pre-K have a model toward which to work. Expanding access to high-quality Pre-K programs for military children provides a tangible method for supporting members of the military and those they care the most about--their children. This article describes how MCEC and Pre-K Now are working together to expand Pre-K options for children. MCEC, a nonprofit organization focused on the academic and school-related needs of all United States military-connected children, believes strongly that parents are the first and best advocates for their child. Pre-K Now, a public education and advocacy organization, collaborates with state advocates and policymakers to lead a movement for high-quality pre-kindergarten for all three- and four-year-olds.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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