Military Child Education Coalition
FY 2012 National Day of Service and Remembrance Grants
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The Military Child Education Coalition Tell Me A Story: Making Connection and Finding Support Through Literature The Military Child Education Coalition® (MCEC®) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The mission of the MCEC is to ensure inclusive, quality educational experiences for all military-connected children and youth affected by mobility, family separation, and transition. The Military Child Education Coalition is requesting funding to support continuation and expansion of the MCEC Tell Me A Story events. Tell Me A Story: Making Connection and Finding Support through Literature is an initiative created to empower military-connected children through the use of literature and their own stories in a way that fosters: skills for resilience; strong peer and parent connections; literacy, a sense of pride and accomplishment; and a caring community. Programs will be conducted in Virginia, Kentucky, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, Washington, D.C., Maryland, Texas, Louisiana, Colorado, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arizona, California, Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, and Germany. The Tell Me A Story program uses literature as a vehicle to open up conversations between parents and children and promote literacy skills. The MCEC anticipates that 375 volunteers will contribute between 2 to 5 hours for the kick-off event. The MCEC goal is to introduce the program in four new locations during 2012 and sustain existing programs.