Deployment-Related Resources for Military-Connected Children

Girl hugs soldier dadDoDEA Support

Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) counselors work with classes, small groups, and individual students to develop resiliency through character education, teaching positive coping strategies, and helping children experience the competence that leads to personal confidence.

In addition to the commitment of our teachers, staff, and administrators, DoDEA implements policies to provide extra support to military families. We offer block leave so that families can spend time together during post-deployment reintegration. We use 21st Century educational tools to include deployed parents in high school graduations and parent teacher conferences. We also maintain an ongoing arrangement with Tutor.com so that DoDEA students around the world always have access to free professional tutoring when they need it. Perhaps most importantly, DoDEA schools serve as the heart of the military community. Our schools work closely with other installation organizations and throughout the Department of Defense to support and care for the entire military family during a service member’s deployment. For specific information, be sure to contact your school’s counselor.

Department of Defense Resources

DoDEA Educational Partnership

DoDEA Educational Partnership

The Education Partnership and Resources Division shares resources with public school districts and fosters partnerships in an effort to directly engage, expand, and influence educational opportunities for all military-connected students. Additionally, the division, through the Non-DoD Schools Program (NDSP), supports and funds the education of authorized dependents in areas where there is not a DoDEA school.
Academic, Parent Resource
Military Kids Connect

Military Kids Connect

Military Kids Connect is an online community for military children ages 6-17, and provides access to age-appropriate resources to support children dealing with the unique psychological challenges of military life.  MKC offers informative activities, helpful videos, and an online community that can build and reinforce understanding, resilience, and coping skills in military children and their peers. Military Kids Connect is an initiative of the Connected Health branch of the Defense Health Agency (DHA).
Military OneSource

Military OneSource

Military OneSource serves our warrior guardians, military families and our entire global military community and offers a wide range of individualized consultations, coaching and counseling for many aspects of military life. Service members, their families, survivors and the entire military community have access to Military OneSource resources anywhere in the world, at no cost. They are ready to assist by phone and online, around the clock. Connect with Military OneSource - 800-342-9647 - 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, from anywhere in the world.

 

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Other Resources

Blue Star Families

Blue Star Families

Blue Star Families builds communities that support military families by connecting research and data to programs and solutions, including career development tools, local community events for families, and caregiver support. Since its inception in 2009, Blue Star Families has engaged tens of thousands of volunteers and serves more than 1.5 million military family members nationwide. With Blue Star Families, military families can find answers to their challenges anywhere they are.
Military Child Education Coalition

Military Child Education Coalition

Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) is a non-profit organization focused on the academic and emotional needs of military children in public schools. They offer a variety of programs and resources for students and parents.
Penn State Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness

Penn State Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness

Penn State Clearinghouse provides the right tools and information to keep our military families strong. The Clearinghouse helps connect military families and supporters with dedicated professionals to provide assistance.
Sesame Street for Military Families

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 Military Interstate Compact

The Military Interstate Compact

The Council of State Governments (CSG), in cooperation with the US Department of Defense, drafted this Interstate Compact to address some of the educational challenges transitioning children of military families face.
Education, Grants, PCS Information, Non-DoD, Partnership - MK12P