Mother Child Education Program
Summary: Mother Child Education Program is a home-based early childhood development program designed for preschool children aged 5-6 years and their mothers. It seeks to empower mothers by supporting them in their parenting roles and equipping them with the knowledge and the tools necessary for fostering the cognitive development of their children. --- Mother Child Education Program (MOCEP) began in Turkey in 1993 for young children from low socio-economic backgrounds who do not have access to quality preschool education. Based on the premise that the earliest years are the most formative for a child's rapid cognitive, social, emotional and motor skill development, MOCEP is an intervention aimed at children from underprivileged backgr...
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Description of Scale and Reach
The origins of MOCEP lie in a research project conducted in 1982-86 with subsequent pilot implementations in Istanbul and Ankara reaching only hundreds of individuals. In 1993, the Mother Child Education Foundation (ACEV) was established with a mission to scale up the program. ACEV's negotiations with Ministry of National Education and World Bank resulted in a loan in 1995 to expand MOCEP across Turkey. To date, MOCEP has trained over 1000 adult education teachers and reached out to over 400,000 mothers and children in 76 (out of 81) provinces. MOCEP trainings with mothers are held primarily in the Adult Education Centers widely distributed across all towns in Turkey. MOCEP has proven scalable and enjoyed the confidence of both international and national investment while maintaining program quality and sustained effects on beneficiaries. Mainstreaming of MOCEP through MoNE's newly developed national "0-18 Family Training Program" will mean that the program with go further as it will become available not only in Adult Education Centers but also in primary schools and Public Community Centers of the Directorate of Social Services and Child Protection. MOCEP has also generated interest overseas, where through local partnerships it has reached over 5000 mothers and children across Europe and the Middle East. The program has proven to be very effective in Europe (France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands and Switzerland) with primarily Turkish migrant groups whose children often suffer from the risk of poor performance in schools and women are not integrated into society. MOCEP has been found to meet the needs of parents and children in the Arab region as well. The program has now been running for nearly ten years in Bahrain. Trainings have also been provided to groups in Jordan and Saudi Arabia. In 2010, MOCEP was piloted with 100 mothers in Palestinian Refugee Camps in Lebanon. It has also been translated into Spanish for a scientific experiment by University of Mexico. In addition to program itself going to scale, MOCEP inspired the development and launch of the 7 is Too Late advocacy campaign that was carried out by ACEV to increase public awareness of the importance of ECE and influence education policy priorities to allow for the expansion of publicly provided pre-school education programs in Turkey. The campaign resulted in major policy changes where preschool education for the 4-6 age group in Turkey increased by 107% in 5 years (16% to 39%) and in 2009 MoNE made preschool education compulsory in 32 pilot provinces with a commitment for universal preschool education in the next decade.
Turkey, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Jordan, Germany, France, Belgium, Bahrain