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04/30/2015 Published by: Amy Soupene

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The Military Child Education Coalition® (MCEC®) and Lights. Camera. Help. have collaborated to create this short video titled,  “An Introduction to MCEC Programs”.



The MCEC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and offers a plethora of quality programs and resources.  Lights. Camera. Help. is also a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.  Their mission is to pair filmmakers with nonprofits in order to showcase the nonprofits’ stories and organizational mission. 

The MCEC was elated to be chosen for this creative opportunity.  MCEC’s Marketing and Communication Manager, Jessica Thibodeau sums it up best, “One of the best ways to convey a message to an audience is through an informative and captivating short film. Unfortunately, films cost a lot of money that as a nonprofit is not typically in our budget. Lights. Camera. Help. sought to reveal both filmmakers reverence and nonprofits’ missions. We are so thankful to both Lights. Camera. Help. and our filmmakers for giving us this great contribution.”

I hope you’ve watched the video! If you haven’t, please take a moment and do that now.  Don’t worry, I’ll still be here when you are finished.  

Watch the video now.

The video offers just a taste of what military life is like for both the parents and the children.  You are also introduced to an abbreviated palette of what the MCEC has to offer these families.

At the MCEC, military children are our main focus. We know personally that for a child to be happy, healthy, and thriving, the family must also be happy, healthy, and thriving. Which is why we offer programs for all involved - children, parents, and the professionals that serve them.

In the video, military families generously open up their homes to the viewer.  By the way, opening up their homes and hearts are hallmarks of military families.  This allows us to come inside, understand their most pressing issues, and see how they function on a daily basis. 

Listed below are just a few of our programs. For a complete list of our unique and spectacular offerings please visit our Programs page!

Parent to Parent™ – The Parent to Parent program empowers parents to be their child’s strongest advocate on educational and social issues through MCEC workshops.  More than 170,000 parents have attended these workshops since the program’s beginning in 2006.

Student 2 Student® – The MCEC Student 2 Student (S2S) program trains civilian and military-connected high school students to establish and sustain peer-based programs in their schools to support mobile students as they transition to and from school. The MCEC has developed S2S programs for all age groups; Elementary Student 2 Student (ES2S), Junior Student 2 Student (JS2S), and Student to Student (S2S).

Tell Me A Story™ – The MCEC program Tell Me A Story (TMAS) uses literature and military-connected children’s own stories to foster skills for resilience, strong peer and parent connections, a sense of pride and accomplishment, and a caring community.  The stories have the capacity to open family discussions on potentially difficult topics such as family separation, deployment, moving, grief, and crisis.

The Call for the Arts™ – Visual arts and writing allow us a glimpse into the world of military children as seen through their eyes.  Every year the MCEC receives submissions by military-connected children and we are proud to showcase their artwork.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the MCEC’s one-of-a-kind website SchoolQuest™.  SchoolQuest is an online resource focusing on school transitions for military families.  Information and resources are available for children of all ages, newborns to high school seniors.  SchoolQuest is an initiative of the MCEC and adheres to the same high standards and devotion to military families.

As Debra Longley, the MCEC’s Student Programs Manager states, “the MCEC serves to serve the children of those who serve us.”  We take this mission to heart and we are always striving to continue to offer those resources you’ve come to rely on and add more that will become new favorites.

As a nonprofit we are eternally grateful for those that donate and partner with us.  Your donation is a way for you to say, “I care.”  We do not take your support and trust lightly.  We work hard to stretch every dollar so that the biggest winners are the children.  We happily do it all “for the sake of the child.”



***Help us get the word out about SchoolQuest™ by liking us on Facebook!   Please visit our Homeroom on-line community and join the discussion. We’d love to hear your thoughts about this important topic!  SchoolQuest™ is an initiative of the Military Child Education Coalition® (MCEC®).   Follow us on the MCEC® Twitter feed . . . for the sake of the child!  

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