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Model For Early Education

At Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina, Marla Talley gives a guided tour of one of the largest Marine Corps bases in the United States. It’s about seven times the size of Manhattan.

Marla Talley is the manager of family care programs at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, overseeing 1,600 child care spaces for children ages six weeks to 5 years. When she first started working for the military, the child development center was housed in a strip mall. Talley points out rows of barracks, housing quarters for single Marines and the giant commissary, or general store.

With the barbed wire fences, rows of armored vehicles and dozens of Marines doing jumping jacks, it’s unlike anything most civilians are likely to see on a day-to-day basis