Classroom and Counseling Activities
- Working with Military Children: A Primer for School PersonnelVirginia Joint Military Family Services Board and Military Child Education CoalitionLesson plans and ready-to-use activities are available, along with a comprehensive "deployment guide."
- Educator's Guide to the Military Child During DeploymentDepartment of Defense Educational Opportunities DirectorateDirect intervention strategies are included to help educators working with military youth.
- Operation: Military KidsThis joint 4-H/Army project offers resources for all military youth and trainings for adults who work with military kids.
- Medal of Honor: Lessons of Personal Bravery and Self-SacrificeCongressional Medal of Honor FoundationThis site includes free, on-line teaching resources for middle and high school teachers with a curriculum drawn from the personal accounts of living Medal of Honor recipients.
- Deployment: It's Not a GameOperation Military KidsFree board game about deployment is available to download and use today in your classroom or counseling group.
- "Military Youth Coping with Separation" and "Mr. Poe and Friends"American Academy of Pediatrics and U.S. Army Medical CommandDesigned for kids and teens to hear how other kids are dealing with deployment and the return of their military parent.
- "Military Families Near and Far"Sesame Street WorkshopPreschool and now school-age videos and activities are at this site to help families cope with deployment, change and loss.
- Zero to ThreeNational Center for Infants, Toddlers, and FamiliesInformation and guides are provided for military parents and those working with very young military children.
- Specialized Training of Military Parents (STOMP)This National Parent Training and Information Center provides support, information and advice to military parents with special needs family members.
Trauma and Grief
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)Information is available about all types of trauma resources, with a special section for "Military Children & Families."
- Traumatic Grief in Military Children: Information for EducatorsHelp with creating a supportive school environment for students coping with a military family loss.
- Caring for Kids After Trauma and Death: A Guide for Parents and ProfessionalsThe Institute for Trauma and Stress at the NYU Child Study CenterThis very specific guide for schools addresses how to help students cope with the aftermath of any traumatic event or death. It includes classroom suggestions as well as program planning on a district-wide scale.
- Courage to CareCenter for the Study of Traumatic StressInformation for family and providers is provided to help communicate more effectively about war injuries.
- Military K-12 PartnersDepartment of Defense Educational Activity (DoDEA)Military K-12 provides information and support for all schools serving military students, as well as a link to School Liaison Officers for all services.
Continuing Education Opportunities
- Center for Deployment PsychologyAccess either free online trainings on such topics as military culture or the impact of deployment on families, or follow links to obtain inexpensive continuing education credit for these and other courses.
- Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC)MCEC offers targeted information and trainings for professionals working with military children.
- Military Child InitiativeJohns Hopkins University provides a web course entitled "Building Resilient Kids," along with a "Best Practices" library of interventions to help military youth.
- University of Southern California (USC) School of Social WorkUSC offers a Master of Social Work degree with specialization in Military Social Work through an on-line program.
Social Networking Sites for Educators
- Military Youth on the MoveDepartment of DefenseDesigned for students and parents, this website has helpful ideas and advice by age group on everything from deployment to moving to finding a job.
- Armed Services YMCAFree YMCA memberships and summer camps for military families are available, as well as contests for military youth.
- American LegionA comprehensive listing is available of scholarships for military dependents.
- Camps for Military YouthCheck with nearby installations or your state's National Guard or Reserve unit for local camps that they may sponsor.
Fun Websites for Military Youth
- Military Families Near and FarFamilies can set up "private" family networks to help everyone stay connected during a deployment.
Wellness Resources for Kids and Families
- Families OverComing Under Stress (FOCUS)Family resiliency training for military families is available both in person on some military installations and on-line.
- Military OneSourceDepartment of Defense resource provides a wealth of information and short-term, non-medical counseling via telephone or on-line with the additional option of face-to-face counseling services in the community.
- AfterDeployment.orgThis Defense Centers of Excellence website offers wellness resources for the military community, including a section for "Families with Kids."
- Defense Centers of ExcellenceDefense Centers of Excellence has information for service members, families and service providers around psychological health and traumatic brain injury.
- Real WarriorsAn initiative by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, the Real Warriors site has information for both service personnel and family members.
- Veteran Parenting Toolkit: Together Building Strong FamiliesDesigned for parents coping with the post-deployment phase, many of the handouts would be great for any parent struggling with parenting issues.
- Welcome Back Parenting: A Guide for Reconnecting Families after Military DeploymentA brief online guide for parents focusing on the homecoming and "after deployment" phase of deployment.
- National Resource DirectoryThis comprehensive guide for service members, veterans and their families has links to a wide range of resources.
- Yellow Ribbon ProgramFind Yellow Ribbon events in your area for National Guard and Reserve service members and their families.
- Deployment Guides for Families