A program that benefits the children of members of the military comes to Delaware.
The Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) has already been implemented in 23 states. Its mission is to “ensure quality educational experiences for all military children affected by mobility, family separation and transition.” The coalition conducts professional development training, training for parents, student leadership programs and other initiatives, and has a steering committee in Delaware of more than 100 people.
“We have an obligation to these kids and their families,” Delaware Lieutenant Governor Matt Denn said. Denn is chairman of the Delaware initiative. It is estimated that Delaware has at least 6,500 children who are militarily-connected. Delaware National Guard Adjutant General Frank Vavala said when children whose parents, grandparents and siblings are taken into account, the number could be upwards of 20,000.
A daylong conference in Dover earlier this week was devoted to examining resources that already exist in the state, determining what is still needed and start to work on a long-term plan.