Falls Church - McLean Children's Center


Three Retired Generals and an Admiral who advocate for greater funding of preschools through the organization Mission: Readiness visited the Children’s Center Monday, Nov. 24, for a look at our model educational program. They chatted with students and teachers in each of our five classrooms and read the book that they donated to our Center.

“We were honored to have this distinguised group of visitors, especially because they appreciate the great importance of early childhood education,” said Center Executive Director Kathy Banks.

Mission: Readiness is a nonpartisan, national security organization of more than 500 retired admirals, generals, and other retired senior military leaders calling for smart investments in America’s children. Currently, more than 70 percent of 17- to 24-year olds in the U.S. cannot serve in the military, primarily because they are too poorly educated, too overweight, or have a serious criminal record. Retired admirals and generals in Mission: Readiness meet directly with policymakers and testifying at state and federal legislative sessions advocating for increased investments in programs for children with the message that investing early in the upcoming generation is critical to securing our nation’s future and essential for all young people to be successful in life – whatever career path they choose.

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