"Virtually all school districts educate a child whose parent or guardian is serving in our Armed Forces, whether stationed here or abroad and whether on active duty or in the National Guard or Reserves. Of the more than 1.2 million school-aged children of service men and women, more than 80 percent attend public schools... We want all military-connected school children to have an equal and fair opportunity for academic success. This requires that those individuals who make up our nation's educational system—our teachers, principals, school nurses, coaches, and counselors—understand the unique situations the children of our service members experience." U.S. Department of Education
Building Capacity in Military Connected Schools: Resources for Parents These resources are parent friendly sites that give military parents opportunities to work with their children on building resilience and coping skills for a number of different military specific issues. These sites are great resources for giving parents tips on how to talk to their children about certain topics or to give a parent and child a fun or educational resource to use together. USC Buidlling Capacity in Military Connected Schools
Military Families Near and Far. Sesame Street provides a number of Resources for Grownups as well as for the whole family including videos with Sesame Street characters as well as family members adjusting to deployment, coping with change, homecoming, and grief. Sesame Street's Talk, Listen, Connect, provides a multiphase outreach initiative to help kids through deployments, combat-related injuries, the death of a loved one and keeping memories alive. Videos, storybooks, and workbooks especially created for this program guide families through such tough transitions by showing how real families — as well as furry monsters — deal with similar circumstances. When Families Grieve: tackles the difficult topic of death and provides a number of resources and videos (in English, Spanish and with subtitles) of families' personal stories about coping with the death of a parent, as well as strategies that have helped these families move forward. Read more. Sesame Street
The Military Families Parent Guide for Supporting Your Child in School If you are a military parent, you can access a FREE copy for a limited time (posted 10/28/13). This unique guide provides parents with the information they need to choose a welcoming school or daycare program and suggests steps they can take to advocate for their children. It also highlights the types of questions parents should ask about how their children are faring socially, emotionally, and academically Note: You will need your 9 digit zip code: Check with the USPS for your zip code.
A new website, Parenting for Service Members and Veterans, has been launched just for military families. Parenting for Service Members and Veterans is a first-of-its-kind resource addressing the unique challenges of parenting in military families. This anonymous self-help course is designed to provide military parents with the skills and resources they need to improve their parenting and connect with their families. There are interactive activities and stories of real military and veteran families that will provide valuable skills for the everyday challenges of raising military children, with particular emphasis on reconnecting following a separation such as deployment and to give military and veteran parents the skills and tools to build stronger families. The course and content were developed by experts from the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs. For more information on the program, visit http://t2health.org/programs/militaryparenting.
Resources & Links to Assist Military Families and Veterans U.S. Department of Education hosts a number of resources and links to assist military-connected families including links to access service specific school liaison officers.
Staying Strong. Parents have a new online tool to promote resilience and emotional health in military-connected children. Videos and free materials are also available. (An initiative of the Red Fox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program.)
U.S. Department of Defense: Education Activity Resources for parents of military-connected families.
U.S. Department of Education's Military Family Resources.