AÇEV started its activities in 1993 under the leadership of its Founding President Ayşen Özyeğin.
Boğaziçi University professors Dr. Sevda Bekman, Dr. Çiğdem Kağıtçıbaşı and Dr. Diane Sunar’s comprehensive study on preschool education from 1982 to 1986 showed that early childhood education in Turkey was deeply inadequate, with a majority of children having no access to education in early years.
To address this problem, they developed an alternative home-based preschool education program called the Mother Child Education Program (MOCEP), which was first implemented as part of the research. In 1993, after AÇEV’s current chair Ayşen Özyeğin joined the team, the Mother Child Education Foundation (AÇEV) was founded to further develop, promote, and scale-up MOCEP, a mission it maintains today.
AÇEV developed an online education program during the Covid-19 pandemic period called “Mother / Father Meetings and My Play Box at Home” in order to empower the households which have lower social economic statuses and are at risk, and started to implement it.
AÇEV YouTube channel was launched in order to provide the information and tips that the parents with children between 0 and 6 years of age need in order to support the development of their children.
AÇEV started the Traveling Service Vehicle Project in order to intervene in the possible post-disaster traumas that may arise in the long term following the earthquake in Elazığ.
AÇEV moved its “A Reading Future” project, which is conducted in order to make children acquire the habit of reading and support their language development, to the digital platform. Famous artists, experts and writers vocalized children’s books accompanied by Fazıl Say’s tunes in the platform which was launched with the solution partnership of Kidega and Needs Map.