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Military Children Resources

The resources included on this page are available for educators to increase awareness and and understanding of the challenges experienced by military-connected students, provide strategies and support to students and families, and celebrate the contributions of our military families.

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission (MIC3) Resources

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MIC3 was developed to ease the educational challenges that military children encounter. Resource provided by MIC3 include:

MIC3 Guide for Schools and Parents - Quick guide that provides an overview of qualifications and transition, placement, enrollment, attendance, and graduation support.

Publications for Schools and Parents - MIC3-specific publications including brochures, bookmarks, one pager, parent guide, and Compact rules.

What is a School Liaison Officer - Role description of the Department of Defense School Liaison Officer responsible for promoting the best educational outcomes for military-connected children and youth.

MIC3 The Wire Newsletters - Monthly newsletters from the Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission to provide guidance, information, and resources to assist military-connected students.

Parent Toolkit - Webpages, publications, and videos to help military connected families navigate the support provided through the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission and guaranteed through state legislation.

School Toolkit - Webpages, publications, and videos to help educators of military connected students navigate the support provided through the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission and guaranteed through state legislation.

Wisconsin Resources on Military-Connected Families

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Wisconsin Service Member Support Division - Information and communication to military members, families, retirees, organizations and communities to ensure readiness and resilience to accomplish the mission and transition back to family and civilian roles.

Wisconsin National Guard Child and Youth Program - The Child and Youth Program is geared towards school-aged military youth in the state of Wisconsin. The mission is to support the social, emotional, physical, and academic well-being of military youth by providing secure, timely flexible, high-quality support services, and enrichment programs.

Wisconsin National Guard Child & Youth Program Resources - Information and resources on child/youth programs through the Wisconsin National Guard.

The University of Wisconsin-Extension's Wisconsin 4-H Military Kids website - A variety of books and resources to help support military kids.

Life as a Military Child (45:00) - Life as a Military Child, Wisconsin Public Radio’s Morning Show. There are 6 million children who have a parent serving in the military, according to the Department of Defense. Those kids will change schools on average six to nine times before graduation. This episode addresses the advantages and challenges of being a military child.

Suicide Risk and Resilience among Military Children (45:00) - Episode 14: A podcast from the Medical College of Wisconsin, “The S Word”. Sarah Jemison, Military Family Resiliency Specialist with Seven Counties Services, Inc., talks about suicide risk and resilience among military children.

Wisconsin Legislation (Wis. Stat. § 115.997) - Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children.

National Links on Military-Connected Families

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Military Teen Toolkit - Created by the National Military Family Association for school, community, and family members to help students manage stress and affirm the positive aspects of military life.

Resources for OEF/OIF Military Families - A variety of resources including: book titles for veterans, service members, adult family members, and students; websites on topics such as benefits, emotional health, deployment, and child/youth issues; and video topics for youth, adults and care providers.

Tackling Tough Topics: An Educator's Guide to Working with Military Kids - Publication to provide educators with practical, hands-on strategies for addressing tough topics including: violence, terrorism, war; supporting military children during deployment, homecoming, and reunion; impacts of grief and loss; fostering resilience and coping with stress.

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DODEA) - Support, resources, and information available to the 160 schools and one million military connected students

Military K-12 Partners - Outreach by DoDEA to support Local Education Agency's (LEA's) on academic achievement and creating positive educational outcomes for military children. School liaison officers, scholarships, resources, and training/development opportunities are offered in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education.

Military Child Education Coalition - Digital resources such as videos, webinars, and downloadable documents for students, parents, education professionals and advocates. A Military Student Consultant Call Center is available to answer questions regarding transition or the needs to best serve a military-connected child - Military Student Consultant Call Center

Military OneSource - A confidential Department of Defense-funded program that is both a call center and a website providing comprehensive information on every aspect of military life at no cost to active duty, Guard and Reserve Component members, their families and survivors. Information includes, but is not limited to deployment, reunion, relationship, grief, spouse employment and education, parenting and childhood, and much more. Learn more at the Military OneSource website, or call (800) 342-9647.

The Hardest Year is an excellent article published by the American Legion, regarding the unique stressors that face military children and how the Interstate Compact for the Education of Military Children is working to support families.

April Month of the Military Child and November Month of the Military Family - News and Events

Bloom: Empowering the Military Teen – An organization for military teens, by military teens with a team of over 70 teens stationed around the world. Bloom provides advice on everything related to the military child – moving tips, top things to do at your duty station, posts from military youth and featured authors, and updates on what cool things other military youth are doing.