This section includes resources for children coping with a deployed parent or loved one, a parent in a war zone, or a parent recovering from injury; challenges facing the highly mobile military child; and a free, interactive website where parents can read and do activities in real-time with their child.
The American Legion offers a number of scholarships and other resources to assist young people in their pursuit of higher education. There are opportunities for everyone, including kin of wartime veterans and participants in Legion programs.
Here's a universe of things to do: useful tools for your homework and paper-writing projects, video games, sport and art activities, and a bunch of other information and entertainment that will keep you coming back for more.
ASYMCA runs over 150 programs around the world to ease the burden of the families of junior-enlisted military personnel. Some are carried out at single branch ASYMCA locations. Others operate at multiple branch locations and are customized to meet the specific needs of that community.
Courage to Care
Courage to Care is a campaign dedicated to help healthcare providers and families communicate more effectively about war injuries. It is a program of the Center for study of traumatic stress, which provides tips on how to talk to children about a parent’s injury. These articles are also available in Spanish.
Great, Interesting and entertaining ideas and ways for children to cope and interact with their deployed parent or loved one.
Easter Seals' Military and Veterans Initiative is the largest provider of disability-related services to individuals with disabilities and their families. As such Easter Seals is positioned to offer military and veterans systems of care with viable options to support and augment current reintegration efforts.
Military Child Education Coalition
The Military Child Education Coalition is a non-profit, world-wide organization that identifies the challenges facing the highly mobile military child, increases awareness of these challenges in military and educational communities, and initiates and implements programs to meet the challenges. MCEC's goal is to level the educational playing field for military children wherever they are located around the world, and to serve as a model for all highly mobile children.
Military Child Initiative
Military Child Initiative, a research-based evidence, has identified the highly protective role schools can play in moderating the academic, social and health behavior risks of military youth. Their goal is to move research-based practical approaches into schools and school districts so that all children and youth can thrive, especially those who are most socially mobile and emotionally vulnerable.
Military Families Near and Far
Military families Near and Far have information and resources created to help parents and caregivers facing the challenges of deployment, homecomings, changes, and grief. Whether your family is near or far this site can help bring you closer together offering tips for making the most of your family’s experience.
Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission
The Compact addresses key educational transition issues encountered by military families including enrollment, placement, attendance, eligibility, and graduation. The goal of the compact is to replace the widely varying policies affecting transitioning military students.
Military K-12 Partnership
This Partnership program provides information and support to increase understanding of the unique needs of military children as well as academic support to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for military children. It works collaboratively with the Department of Education in efforts to ease the transition of military children and by providing resources to LEA's that educate military children.
Military Kids Connect
Military Kids Connect (MKC) is an online community for military children (ages 6-17 year old) that provide access to age-appropriate resources to support children dealing with the unique psychological challenges of military life. MKC offers informative activities, fun games, helpful videos, and an online community that can build and reinforce understanding, resilience, and coping skills.
Education, relocation, parenting, stress - you name it - Military OneSource can help with just about anything. Available by phone or online, their free service is provided by the Department of Defense for active-duty, Guard, and Reserve service members and their families. It is completely private and confidential, with few exceptions.
Military Teen Adventure Camps
A camping adventure for military teens where they have an opportunity to participate in high energy, high adventure, and high experiences camps planned across the United States. The camps offer unique outdoor experiences allowing the youth to build leadership, self-confidence, and teamwork skills. There are also camps available for children with special needs (mental, physical, and emotional).
Military Youth on the Move
This site was specifically designed for youth with family in the military. This website covers topics such as dealing with deployment and moving to a new location as well as everyday youth topics such as divorce, exercise, and money management. This site has information for elementary, middle, and high school aged youth.
My Child My Military
This site allows you to read interactive books, play games and do activities with your child in real time from anywhere in the world. The site allows users to see and hear one another while they read books, play games and do art activities together -- all in real time. Free for military families.
National Military Family Association
This organization advocates for benefits and programs that strengthen and protect uniformed services families and reflect the Nation’s respect for their service.
Operation: Military Kids
When National Guard, Reserve, and other military families living in civilian communities become mobilized, their children experience the stress of being a military kid. OMK collaborates with groups across the state to provide sustainable local support services to military youth before, during, and after their family members are deployed.
Our Military Kids
Our Military Kids provides tangible support to children of deployed National Guard and Reserve personnel as well as to children of severely injured service members through grants for enrichment activities and tutoring. Such activities help these children cope with the stress of having a parent in a war zone or recovering from injury at home.
SOAR (Student Online Achievement Resources)
SOAR is designed for military families to play an active role in their children’s education. The mission is to be easily accessible worldwide. Students take an assessment aligned to state standards, and SOAR directs them to individualized tutorials to improve skills where needed. Parents can monitor their children’s progress from anywhere, and are provided with resource materials.
Specialized Training of Military Parents (STOMP)
STOMP is the only parent training and information center for military families providing support and advice to military parents with special needs children. Parents with special need children face tremendous challenges STOMP’s commitment is to empower these families in their vital roles as advocates, providing training, support, and information.
Students at the Center
Students at the Center offers resources designed to aid everyone involved in providing quality education for military children.
Tutor.com is a tutoring program for military families; experts are available 24/7 online and able to help in more than 16 subjects. Tutor.com is available in an app format as well so you can use it on the go and connect on a one-on-one basis. It features summer activities for military children to stay connected throughout the summer.
United Through Reading
United Through Reading is a non-profit organization dedicated to unite military families facing physical separation by facilitating the bonding experience of reading aloud together. It offers the deployed parents the opportunity to be video-recorded reading storybooks to their children, which can ease the stress of separation.
Recognizes the challenges of our Soldiers and their Families by offering quality programs for children, youth and students, CYS supports the Army Family Covenant by reducing the conflict between mission readiness and parental responsibility.
Zero to Three
Zero to Three proudly supports military and veteran families. They work to increase awareness and collaboration throughout military and civilian communities so that professionals who work with parents and children can more effectively care for babies, toddlers, and their military-connected families.