MCEC Partners with Armed Services YMCA to Offer Professional Development

MCEC will provide professional development training to Armed Services YMCA staff members and leaders.

Mar 08, 2016, 16:23 ET from Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC)

HARKER HEIGHTS, Texas, March 8, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Military Child Education Coalition® (MCEC) has partnered with the Armed Services YMCA to offer professional development training to its staff members and leaders. MCEC, accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), developed the MCEC Professional Development Certification Program which will certify and recognize the professional capabilities of Armed Services YMCA, with special focus on the military and veteran-connected child.

The certification program offers a systematic approach to professional development growth through research-informed strategies addressing the academic, social, and emotional needs of the child. Participants will participate in a collaborative coaching model that will help staff members identify personal strengths and needs, and learn techniques, tools, and strategies to improve problem solving capabilities and maximize the service provided to military and veteran-connected children and youth.

MCEC and Armed Services YMCA share a common vision of ensuring that Armed Services YMCA professionals are adequately equipped and supported to effectively respond to the needs of all children who experience the associated issues relating to mobility, family separation, and transition. "We are excited about combining our efforts with those of the experts at MCEC. Together we can positively affect the lives of many military children and ensure quality education and stronger families," shared Bill French, Vice Admiral, USN (RET), President and CEO of Armed Services YMCA.

The Armed Services YMCA is a top-rated 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that currently serves more than 500,000 junior enlisted active duty soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and their families across the United States. Its mission is to enhance the lives of military members and their families in spirit, mind, and body through programs relevant to the unique challenges of military life. For more information about Armed Services YMCA, contact Chris Haley at or 703-455-3986, ext. 112. 

The Military Child Education Coalition serves the children of those who serve us all and encourages efforts that strengthen our military children and ensure opportunities for a quality education. For additional information about the program, contact Amanda Hulsey at or 254-953-1923, ext. 1139.

Founded in 1998, the Military Child Education Coalition® (MCEC®) is a 501(c)(3) global, nonprofit leadership and advocacy organization focused on ensuring quality educational opportunities for America's four million military and veteran-connected children affected by mobility, family separation, and transition. For more information, visit


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