April is Month of Military Child
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April is designated as the Month of the Military Child, underscoring the important role military children play in the armed forces community. Military members and military-connected families make many sacrifices for the security and safety of our nation, specifically military-connected children during their K-12 careers. Sponsored by the Department of Defense Military Community and Family Policy, the Month of the Military Child is a time to applaud military families and their children for the daily sacrifices and the challenges they overcome. Below are some resources to familiarize yourself and share with your school community in support of our military families and their children.
An easy-to-use interactive tool to help you manage an upcoming school transition.
Military Student Consultant Call Center
Our Military Student Consultant is the portal for all questions student and parent-related.
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Military One Source - Month of the Military Child Toolkit
Sesame Street for Military Families™ Social Media Guide
Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA)
Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission (MIC3)
Center for Parent and Teen Communication - Supporting Military Families
50 Ways to Celebrate Month of the Military Child (AF CYES)
Ways to Celebrate from the Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission (MIC3)
On April 19, join other school communities nationwide and wear the color purple to honor our military children. Purple represents the joint service operations and is a combination of Army green, Marine Corps red, and Coast Guard, Air Force, and Navy blue; it is the appropriate color to represent military children from all branches.
Show your support on social media
Social Media Ideas from the Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission
“During the month of April, we honor our military children,” said Laura Anastasio MIC3 Chairman and Connecticut Compact Commissioner. “We acknowledge that they must adapt and overcome the hardships of transitioning due to the multiple moves they must make while serving alongside their families. This month is our opportunity to celebrate their strength, courage, and resiliency as well as to show our deep appreciation for their sacrifices.” #purpleup4militarykids
Social Media Post Option 2:
Join us in wearing purple to show support for all the military kids for the strength and sacrifices that they have made. Purple represents the joint service operations and is a combination of Army Green, Air Force Blue, Coast Guard Blue, Marine Red, and Navy Blue; it is the appropriate color to represent military children from all branches.
April 20 Social Media Post
Today, we're wearing purple to show support for military children who overcome so many challenges.
Accessing School-based supports for your children
School-Student Services Team - The school student services team is comprised of a school counselor, social worker, school psychologist, and nurse. Any one of those individuals will be able to help connect you to school-based supports as well as community services.
- Academic Supports
- Social Emotional Support Needs
- Behavioral Supports
- Course Placement (Middle & High)
- Career & College Counseling (High)
Outside of school supports are also available through:
Child and youth behavioral military and family life counselors are available to meet with military children and their families to discuss self-esteem issues, relationships at home and school, behavioral issues, and changes at home such as deployment, reunion, divorce and grief. Child and youth behavioral counselors also support camps that create a safe and fun environment where children and teens can learn how to put their military-life strengths to use in their everyday lives.
In-person, free counseling sessions are available to active-duty, National Guard and reserve members of any activation status, their immediate family members and survivors. All counselors have a master’s or doctoral degree in a mental health field and a license to practice independently.
Did you know there's a Military School Liaison available to support us out of MacDill AFB?
The School Liaison Program offers an array of services and resources to support students, parents, schools and the surrounding community; all services are free of charge. School Liaisons provide professional development to school personnel as well as inform parents about local schools, graduation requirements, afterschool programs, homeschooling and much more. By working together with these stakeholders, the School Liaison Program builds a support network to provide the best possible education experience for military-connected children and youth worldwide.
Our local Military School Liaison is:
Venetia D Waters, MAEd MacDill School Liaison
If you know of a military family who is seeking support, please share Venetia Waters contact information as well as the additional resources below:
Military OneSource: Service members, their families, survivors, and the entire military community have access to Military OneSource resources anywhere in the world at no cost. Military OneSource provides resources and non-medical counseling include a confidential call line 800-342-9647 – 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, from anywhere in the world.
Blue Star Families fosters a sense of community for military families through military family focused magazines and newsletters, free access to museums who participate in the Blue Star Museum program, and other local events and programs.
Parenting for Veterans is a free online site for military and Veteran parents with information and strategies to support parenting skills. Topics include: Communication, Emotions and Behavior, Discipline, Managing Stress, and Emotional and Physical Challenges.
Military Child Education Coalition: This organization delivers programs, services, and professional development to meet the needs of military-connected students, parents, and professionals. Their programs include a Student2Student peer support program as well as educator trainings.
We at Military Kids Connect want to provide you with information to help you care for our military youth. Our goal is to enhance military kids’ quality life and help them prepare and cope with significant transitions such as relocations, parental deployment, and family adjustment after injuries. We designed our videos, activities, resources, and an online message board to normalize the experience for military youth, with an emphasis on education and peer support.
Sesame Street for Military Families: Sesame Street for Military Families is a free, bilingual (English and Spanish) website where families can find information and multimedia resources on the topics of military deployments, multiple deployments, homecomings, injuries, grief, and self-expression. The website has a section for providers to learn more about the military culture.
Online services, such as Tutor.com, are available to military students for free.
Below are the links shared in the video
Quick Tips for Installment Transitions
The average military child will move 6 – 9 times between K – 12
•Organize school records & compile school contact information
•Have a list of your child’s extracurricular activities and interests
•The Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children addresses key educational transition issues encountered by military families including enrollment, placement, attendance, eligibility, and graduation.
•Reach out to your Military School Liaison
•Familiarize yourself with Military Parent Resources
Keeping your children in mind planning for deployment
School may serve as a “sanctuary” that protects them against the stress and disruption they may experience at home during deployment
Encourage your children to talk about their feelings
Encourage a sense of predictability & keep consistent routines at home
Encourage older children to get involved in clubs, sports teams or other community activities.
Use Support Systems and programs
Communication is key!
•Communicate to schools about deployment status & reintegration
•Develop a communication plan with deployed parent & children
Tips for family reintegration post-deployment
Reintegration is the process of everyone returning to old routines and establishing new ones. You may experience friction or frustration during this adjustment period, but it can offer your family an opportunity to reconnect on a new level and find a new normal.
- Discuss the reunion with your stateside children’s caregiver
- Keep scheduling light
- Give everyone time to readjust & adapt to how family members changed
- Be patient and keep communicating
- Need more reintegration resources? Click here