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Children and Youth

The following links provide a number of resources for military parents, including information parenting military children from infancy through to their teen years, military child education, and specific resources to help parents and children with deployment, reintegration, and coping with loss.

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Zero to Five Years | Six to Eleven Years | Adolescent and Teen | Military Child Education |
Child Care Resources | Activities and Programs for Military Children | Special Needs Resources |
Children and Deployment | Children and Loss |

Zero to Five Years

Baby Go To Sleep produces music therapy to soothe baby to sleep. Military parents may receive discounts on certain products. The audiobook "Getting Your Baby to Sleep -- Made Easy" is available free for download.

Books for Brats
Michelle Ferguson-Cohen wrote “Mommy, You’re My Hero” and “Daddy, You’re My Hero” to help 2 to 8 year-olds through separation from a military parent. The website features special e-cards for children to send to deployed parents.

The Parent Information Center
The Parent Information Center is a non-profit organization that provides information and support to parents of children with disabilities.

Reach Out and Read
Reach Out and Read (ROR) is a national non-profit organization that promotes early literacy by giving new books to children and encourages pediatric medical staff to advise to parents about the importance of reading aloud to children. The organization provides books to military medical facilities.

Talk, Listen, Connect: Deployments, Homecomings, Changes
Talk, Listen, Connect is a DVD produced by the Sesame Workshop to help families of preschool children during military deployment and through reunion. The latest version also helps children whose parent or loved one has been injured. The DVD, available in Englsih adn Spanish, can be viewed through the Sesame Workshop's website or requested from MilitaryOneSource.

ZERO TO THREE's mission is to support the healthy development and well-being of infants, toddlers and their families.

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Six to Eleven Years

Mr. Poe and Friends Discuss Family Reunion After Deployment (DVD)
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the United States Army Medical Command developed a DVD for school-aged children to help with separation during deployment. The DVD’s host, “Mr. Poe”, talks to children about deployment and their feelings during the separation. There are interviews with military children and parents. The DVD includes a facilitator’s guide and resource materials for families. The DVD’s are available to view from the website or to order (free of charge) from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Adolescent and Teen

Military Youth Coping with Separation: When Family Members Deploy (DVD)
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the United States Army Medical Command developed a DVD for older children and adolescents to help with family separation during deployment. The DVD shows interviews with military youth who explain their feelings regarding separation and how they dealt with the loss. The DVD includes a facilitator’s guide and a teen stress management plan. The DVD’s are available to view from the website or to order (free of charge) from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Military Child Education

Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES)
Educational support for the Department of Defense and information on topics such as tuition assistance.

Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA)
DoDEA oversees Department of Defense schooling and education initiatives.

eCYBERMISSION is a web-based science, math and technology competition for 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grade teams.

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence
Educational resources for teachers and parents provided by the US Government.

GED Online
GEDonline is a continuing education website dedicated to helping prepare students to take the GED High School Equivalency Diploma Test.

In-State Tuition
An Army website providing information regarding eligibility of active military Servicemembers and their families for in-state college tuition rates in their home state or state of duty assignment.

Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC)
MCEC is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving educational opportunities for military children by working with schools and the Department of Defense.

Military Impacted Schools Association (MISA)
MISA is dedicated to ensuring that schools serving military students continue to receive adequate Impact Aid funding.

Military Student
A Department of Defense website offering publications and resources to help military parents compare options, make sound education decisions, and become involved and informed advocates of quality education.

Military Teens on the Move
A Department of Defense website to help military teens and younger children to cope with moving and transferring schools.

National Association of Federally Impacted Schools
Non-profit organization dedicated to informing Congress about the importance of impact aid to federally impacted school districts and providing information about impact aid policy to parents and school administrators.

National Parent Teacher Association
Official website of the largest volunteer child advocacy association in the nation.

No Child Left Behind
A Department of Education website providing information about the No Child Left Behind Act for parents and teachers.

School Matters
An online resource allowing parents and educators to find information about school performance.

Student Online Achievement Resources (SOAR)
SOAR is an internet-based program that allows military families and children worldwide to access on-line tutorials to improve studying and test taking, along with daily homework requirements. Parents are able to monitor their children improvement through the website and take an active role in their educational experience.

USA-4-Military Families
A collaborative website between state governments and the Department of Defense to support military families in a wide range of issues, including military child education.

Vocational Training
The Education Guys website provides a comprehensive guide to trade and technical programs.

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Child Care Resources

National Association of Child Care Resources and Referral Agnencies Military Programs (NACCRA)
NACCRA, in partnership with the DoD, provides child care assistance to members of the Guard and Reserve and to families of wounded troops.

Child and Youth Services
The Army's Child and Youth Services provides child care to military parents through child development centers lcoated on military installations.

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Activities and Programs

Armed Services YMCA
ASYMCA runs more than 150 programs around the world to ease the burden of the families of junior-enlisted military personnel.

Army MWR Child and Youth Services
CYS provides a host of programs and activities for military children of all ages.

Boys and Girls Clubs of America Military Support
Boys & Girls Clubs of America hoffers military children free programs and services at local off-base Clubs.

Extension/4-H Support for Military and Youth and Family Programs
4-H clubs offer programs in photography, computer technology, arts, and citizenship for military youth ages 5 -19. The goal is for military youth to join a 4-H club and to be able to continue their 4-H work wherever they move when their parents are deployed. is the official kids' portal for the U.S. government. It links to over 1,200 web pages from government agencies, schools, and educational organizations, all geared to the learning level and interest of kids.

National Flag Foundation
The Foundation's mission is to teach America's youth respect for the flag, pride in country and responsible citizenship. The Foundation provides educational materials and multimedia classroom resources to K-12 teachers throughout the world.

Operation Homefront: Fun Stuff for Kids
This site has a number of downloadable activity books for military children as well as links to resources for parents.

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Special Needs Resources

Autism Research Institute (ARI)
All active duty and retired military families may receive a free copy of “Recovering Autistic Children” from the Autism Research Institute. A request form is available here.

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)
[Click on “Home and Family Life]
The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) is a mandatory enrollment program that works with other military and civilian agencies to provide comprehensive and coordinated community support, housing, and educational, medical, and personnel services to families with special needs.

Exceptional Parent
An online magazine for parents of special needs children.

LD Online
An online magazine providing resources for parents and educators helping children with learning difficulties and ADHD.

March of Dimes Birth Defect Foundation
The March of Dimes provides information on birth defects, helps parents form support groups, and refers parents to existing support groups.

National Dissemination Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities
NICHCY serves as a central source for information on disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth; IDEA, which is the law authorizing special education; No Child Left Behind (as it relates to children with disabilities); and research-based information on effective educational practices. Resources and information is available in both English and Spanish.

Specialized Training of Military Parents (STOMP)
STOMP is an information and training website designed to help military parents with special needs children, regardless of their medical condition.

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Children and Deployment

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Information for parents and grandparents who are caring for children with a deployed parent.

American Academy of Pediatrics Deployment Resources
Information for parents to help children experiencing separation because of deployment.

Children, Youth, and Families Education and Research Network
CYFER provides child development and educational resources for children of all ages. Their website also includes guides to help parents talk to children about war and terrorism, and information on supporting military children facing separation from a parent because of deployment.

The Christian Grandparenting Network’s Military Kids Grandcamp
The Christian Grandparenting Network introduced a Military Kids Grandcamp in Colorado Springs, CO for children and their grandparents who have a parent deployed to Iraq or another part of the world. The camp requires a non-refundable registration fee.

Connect And Join™ is a secure online site allowing families to stay in touch during separation.

Deployment Kids
This website provides games and activities for children with a parent deployed.

My Life, A Kid's Journal
Health Net Federal Services released this journal to help military children who have a loved one deployed. It can be downloaded in PDF format.

National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA)
In partnership with the Department of Defense, NACCRRA offers military parents help in locating non-DoD child-care and administers a fee subsidy program for activated Guard and Reserve families.
communications and activities site that connects families around the world who are separated by deployment.

National Fatherhood Initiative
National Fatherhood Initiative’s mission is to improve the well being of children by increasing the proportion of children growing up with involved, responsible, and committed fathers.

Operation Give-A-Hug
Operation Give-A-Hug helps comfort children separated from a military parent through deployment by providing them with a doll with a picture of the absent parent.

Operation Kid Comfort (Armed Services YMCA)
ASYMCA’s Operation Kid Comfort is designed to address the emotional stress that children of military personnel suffer during a parent’s absence from home. Operation Kid Comfort provide free quilts for children six and under and pillows for children age seven and up.

Operation Military Kids (OMK)
OMK is a partnership between the US Army and local communities to provide support to the children of National Guard and Reserve personnel.

Operation Outdoors (Armed Services YMCA)
Through ASYMCA’s Operation Outdoors, military children attend camps across the United States. These camps are especially important for military children because they allow them to make friends and connect with other military kids who also are affected by the stress of war.

Operation Purple Camps
Provides free summer camp programs to the children of deployed Servicemembers. There are also camps to help children who have a military parent who has been injured.

Surviving Deployment
The Surviving Deployment website has a Kidzone page with activities and games for children with deployed parents.

United Through Reading
United Through Reading is a non-profit organization founded to encourage parents and children to read together. It's military program is especially designed to help parents stay connected with children during deployment.

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Children and Loss

Children’s Grief Education Association
Children’s Grief Education Association is a non-profit organization that assists families with information about children’s grief and family support.

Comfort Zone Camp
The nation's largest nonprofit bereavement camp serves children ages seven to seventeen who have lost a parent, sibling or primary care giver.

Knights of Heroes
Knights of Heroes is a week long camp free of charge for boys who have lost family in the military. The outdoor camp takes place in June and allows boys between the ages of 8 and 16 to attend.

TAPS Good Grief Camp for Young Survivors
Every Memorial Day weekend the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) invites children ages infant to 21 to participate in a grief camp to promote emotional healing for those who lost a military member in their family. They are assigned a mentor for the 4 days and are able to share stories with other surviving children.

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The Association of the United States Army Family Programs Directorate does not endorse any of the the organizations listed below nor the information about services provided on their websites