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The program was developed by early childhood experts at Purdue University. Image: Studio.G photography/

Military families throughout the Defense Department with young children now can take advantage of a new early childhood education curriculum aimed at fostering learning through child-directed play and experiential learning.

The Pentagon’s military community and family policy office decided to implement the Early Learning Matters program after pilots run at childcare centers on several installations showed positive results. It was developed by early childhood experts at Purdue University, who will provide training for military childcare center staff.


“The Early Learning Matters curriculum allows us to provide children with an environment that promotes development and school readiness beginning at the earliest ages,” said Patricia Montes Barron, deputy assistant defense secretary for Military Community and Family Policy. “The design allows child development program personnel to customize the learning experience to each child based on their individual developmental needs.”

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