Mother Child Education Program

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.
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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 backgrounds who have been exposed to risk factors, such as poverty, political and armed tension and parents with low education levelsMOCEP is cognizant of the fact that the early developmental needs of children must be met and supported by their immediate environment and parents play an important role as "first educators". 

MOCEP, the flagship program of ACEV (Mother Child Foundation), is a 25-week long low-cost home-based program for mothers whose children do not have access to pre-school education services. The program targets both mother and child in a two-step process.

  1. Mother Support Group: Each week, a group of up to 25 mothers meet for 2- 3 hours during which they are provided with the knowledge and skills necessary for child development and training. The classes are taught in discussion format where an ACEV trained trainer (also called group leader) facilitates the learning. The trainers then begin conducting the courses with a mother group over a period of 25 weeks. In addition to the weekly group sessions, trainers also conduct individual home visits. Trainers are also responsible for recruitment of mothers in their communities, liaising with local NGO's and authorities. ACEV master trainers and experts continue to provide trainers with effective and systematic in-the-field support and supervision to maintain quality and consistency. 
  2. Mother Teaching Child: Each mother receives a 10-20 page booklet each week for the duration of the 25 weeks, containing exercises that the mother conducts at home with the child. These exercises support the cognitive and fine motor skills of the child. 

The program targets both the mother and the child with educational outcomes aimed at both groups. It enriches children cognitively in order to boost school readiness and optimal pyscho-social development, and trains mothers, creating sustainable nurturing and healthy home environments. Although the target group is the mother and her young child, indirect beneficiaries include other siblings and spouses who benefit from the enriched home environment and positive communication skills of the mother.

Studies have found that with MOCEP children are better prepared for school, show lower drop-out rates and consequent success in education resulting in better life chances than their peers. Empowering mothers has ensured that the environment of the child is permanently altered with the potential to promote self-sustaining changes and growth. Impact has also been proven on mothers as they report better relations with children and spouses as a result of positive parenting, improved communication skills and self-esteem. At the macro policy level significant impact has also been demonstrated; since 1993 the program has been implemented in partnership with the Ministry of National Education (MoNE) in order to maximize on available resources (staff and Adult Education Centers). This partnership has today been institutionalized, where the importance of Early Childhood Education (ECE), encompassing both formal center based preschools and home-based early enrichment models, have been recognized as a policy priority by the Turkish state, impacting the lives of millions of children.

Non-traditional program design that combines institutional settings for mothers who gather together in public education facilities together with home visits by trainers and home-schooling for children in the form of cognitive worksheets.Ensuring quality of training programs and delivery across the broad spectrum; comprehensively updating training curricula based on current affairs and evolving needs of the society

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