Information for Military Families from Our Partners
As the United States' involvement in war abroad continues, thousands of families and children are being impacted. In response to this need, the TACSEI Primary Partners have compiled the following list of resources for military families.
Websites, Organizations and Resources
- Department of Defense (DoD) and NACCRRA Child Care Partnership
NACCRRA is working with DoD to help those who serve in the military find and afford child care that suits their unique needs. Through several innovative civilian/military efforts DoD and NACCRRA & Child Care Resource & Referral agencies are building the quality and capacity of child care throughout the country.
- Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA)
In DoDEA's Community Strategic Plan, the vision statement, the mission statement and the guiding principles each embrace the notion that ALL students will be successful in our schools. Special educators work collaboratively with general educators and share the responsibility for ensuring that students with identified disabilities will meet with success. ALL students can learn when instruction is geared to their strengths and they are given sufficient opportunity to learn.
- Military Homefront is the Department of Defense website for official Military Community and Family Policy (MC&FP) program information, policy and guidance. The site is designed to help troops and their families, leaders, and service providers.
- Military Child Education Coalition
A 501(c)(3) non-profit, world-wide organization, MCEC is a model of positive leadership and advocacy. Its work is focused on ensuring quality educational opportunities for all military children affected by mobility, family separation, and transition.
- NAEYC'S Beyond the Journal: Military family children's books and links to resources for adults
In today’s world, thousands upon thousands of young children have a parent deployed away from home for military service. Many of these children attend early childhood centers and family day care homes. Many other children enrolled in early childhood programs know children whose parents are away on military service. Teachers of these young children ponder effective ways to support children and adults coping with such absences. Helpful resources on this topic appeared in the March 2008 issue of NAEYC'S Beyond the Journal.
- National Indian Parent Information Center
The National Indian Parent Information Center is a national resource that may be helpful to military families but their organizational mission is not specific to the military.
(NIPIC) 560-A NE "F" Street, PMB 418
Grans Pass, Oregon 97526
Toll free: 877-205-7501
Director, Judy Wiley
- Operation Healthy Reunions
A program of Mental Health America, this site offers important links and information for troops and their families.
- Operation Purple is an organizaton run through the National Military Family Association (NMFA) that has camp programs for children of deployed, returning, wounded, and deceased service members in locations across the United States. These camps have specially trained advisors who are there to support the children. Please visit their website for camp application information and locations.
- Sesame Workshop has a free bilingual multimedia outreach program which is designed to support military families with children between the ages of two and five who are experiencing deployment, multiple deployments, or a parent's return home changed due to a combat-related injury.
- Shipping Out and Moving Around: A Resource Guide For Military Families provides information about many resources that can assist military families with a variety of challenges. Links are provided for several categories including moving around, deployment, education, financial issues, and emotional help.
- State Transition Assistance Advisors
The purpose of the State Transition Assistance Advisor (TAA) program is to provide a person in each state/territory to serve as the statewide point of contact to assist members in accessing Veterans Affairs benefits and healthcare services. Each TAA also provides assistance in obtaining entitlements through the TRICARE Military Health System and access to community resources.The program is primarily designed to serve the members of the National Guard and their families. Additionally, the TAA provides services to members in all of the Reserve components.
- STOMP/Specialized Training of Military Parents
STOMP is an organiation specifically for military families and is one of the 105 parent centers in the parent center network that PACER Center provides technical assistance to through their project, the Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers.
6316 South 12th Street, Suite B
Tacoma, WA 98465-1900
Director, Heather Hebdon
- Support Your Vet
A veteran's experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan are unimaginable, and returning home isn't always easy. As a family member or friend of a veteran, you have the power to help, but knowing where to start can be difficult.
- Transition Assistance Advisors
The TAA program primarily supports uniformed service members and their families by ensuring they understand the services available through the Veteran Affairs and the military health system. Additionally, TAAs coordinate resources for these members and their families with the myriad of service programs provided by the VA, TRICARE, Veterans Service Organizations and other supporting agencies.
- US Army MWR: Child, Youth & School (CYS) Services
This army website includes links to army-sponsored deployment kits for toddlers, articles and videos for educators and families, and links to other helpful websites.
- ZERO TO THREE: Coming Together Around Military Families®
ZERO TO THREE is proud to support military families and works to increase awareness and collaboration throughout the military community so that parents and professionals can more effectively care for very young children and their families. The Coming Together Around Military Families® project page includes an extensive and varied list of resources for military families including those related reintegration and information about The Duty to Care (DTC) training series, which explores the helping professional’s role and the needs of very young children whose families are experiencing complicated deployments and reunifications.