Celebrating Military Children
The services listed are for informational purposes only. Please contact them directly for any specific questions pertaining to the information shared. Please let us know if there are others we can add to this page as a resource that will benefit our military children. Thank you, and Purple Up USA!
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School Liaisons are the boots on the ground for local school districts and families at every installation worldwide. They have their pulse on K-12 education in their communities and are standing by to assist schools, leadership, and families from all branches of service. They are the primary point of contact for all PreK-12 school-related matters. To locate your closest school liaison click below.
Through the Interstate Compact, MIC3 addresses key educational transition issues encountered by children of military families. Valuable information available on this site.
The Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) has a wealth of information for parents and educators to help support the military child's educational needs and beyond.
One in Five Minds advocates for children's mental health. There is a specific section with a wealth of information for military families.
On-demand, online tutoring, and homework help at no cost to eligible service members, DoD civilian employees, and their dependents. This is available 24/7 for military-connected students anywhere they have an internet connection.
The YMCA serves to strengthen the military family providing for youth development, healthy living, a
Operation Homefront has a mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families so they can thrive in the communities that they’ve worked so hard to protect.
Pre-K 4 SA is a comprehensive early childhood initiative aimed at changing the educational and workforce trajectory of San Antonio in one generation. Pre-K 4 SA offers full-day prekindergarten for 4-year-olds living in the City of San Antonio. Pre-K 4 SA is free for qualifying students. It is a free service for military children.
Special Olympics Texas Unified Champion Schools® is an education and sports based strategy powered by an engaged student community that breaks down barriers that separate students with and without intellectual disabilities. The Unified movement activates youth, engages educators, and promotes school communities of acceptance and inclusion where all young people are agents of change.
The Unified Champion Schools® approach incorporates Unified Sports® and Unified Activities, Inclusive Youth Leadership and Whole School Engagement
The benefits of UCS include: bullying prevention, moral intelligence, character development, leadership development, physical fitness and an increased positive school culture
Sesame Street recognizes the need to support the military families. Reference the link below to see what they have of offer.
From Their Website: Blue Star Families was founded by military spouses in 2009 to empower these families to thrive as they serve. We're committed to strengthening military families by connecting them with their neighbors – individuals and organizations – to create vibrant communities of mutual support. We believe we're all stronger when we take care of one another.
From Their Website: Since 1991, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has partnered with the U.S. Armed Services to provide support and services to military-connected youth on and off installation. Because military-connected youth face unique challenges, Boys & Girls Clubs of America helps them access specialized opportunities, cultivate lifelong friendships and develop the resilience they need to build great futures. From rural areas, schools and inner-cities to military installations and Native lands, a Boys & Girls Club or BGCA-affiliated Youth Center is located in all 50 states and in 16 countries around the world, doing whatever it takes to provide a safe environment to help your child succeed.
Transitioning? In addition to contacting your School Liaison Officer, check out School Quest at the below address. This is a MCEC imitative that provides tools you can use to manage the school moves that work for you and your child.
Partners in Promise is a organization that supports military families with children with special needs. Visit their website to learn more about their mission and resources available.
Check out this website to learn about a 501c3 program that provides military children with a sense of stability through interactive group learning experiences.
As stated on their website: The Association of Defense Communities (ADC), Blue Star Families, and participants of the White Oak Collaborative have joined forces to create the COVID-19 Military Support Initiative (CMSI)—a united, national platform to provide resources and expertise to support communities, states, and military families through this crisis. Ultimately, the mission of the CMSI is to share information, maintain engagement, and develop best practices and policy approaches to ensure our military receives the support it deserves.