AÇEV: Child development programs - Turkey

Happy Turkish school children look toward the sky and a brighter future.
Happy Turkish school children look toward the sky and a brighter future. © Courtesy AÇEV-- Mother Child Education Foundation


Building a good future begins with early childhood. Children develop most rapidly in their earliest years and supportive environment is crucial in this period. The Mother Child Education Foundation (AÇEV) aims to support children in these most formative years to give them a right start to life.

Since its establishment in 1993, AÇEV’s mission has been to make a lasting contribution to society by supporting the development of children and their environments through education starting from early years.

Spanning early childhood, parenting, and adult literacy, AÇEV’s training programs target all stages of human development and all members of the family from early childhood to parenthood.

AÇEV’s programs have common goals of reducing disparities and addressing inequalities in various domains: preschool programs target equal opportunity, bridging the socioeconomic gap in school readiness and academic success by accessing disadvantaged children; and literacy and parent support programs address gender equality.

Video (Turkish, Eng subtitles) | Değişim Ailede Başlar (Change Begins in the Family) (4:30)

Supporting the family as the smallest building block of society became a unique emphasis for AÇEV to accomplish its mission. The video showcases a family in which members benefit from a multi program approach. The parents attend the Mother Support Program and the Father Support Program and the child benefits from AÇEV’s center based preschool education. Parents express increased self confidence, better parenting skills and family cohesion, while the child reports having better family relations. 


Suna Hanoz-Penny serves as Expert Consultant to the ECPC. She is International Programs Director at the Mother Child Education Foundation (AÇEV).

Yasemin Sirali serves on the ECPC Executive Committee. She is Director of Ozyegin Social Investments, a network of institutions including the Mother Child Education Foundation (AÇEV), Husnu Ozyegin Foundation (HMOV), Iz Child Centers, and Ozyegin University based in Turkey

Ayla Göksel serves as Advisor to the ECPC. She is CEO of Özyeğin Social Investments, a network of non-profit organizations, including AÇEV (Mother-Child Education Foundation), Hüsnü M. Özyeğin Foundation and Iz Child and has over twenty years of experience in education programs, policy and infrastructure impacting 1.5 million people across Turkey with award winning programs implemented in 14 other countries. 

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