Military Families

Members of the military and their families have unique circumstances. Military children can be affected by mobility, family separation and transition. Below is a list of resources provided by the Minnesota Department of Education in our commitment to help support schools and families support military youth and their families.

Military Child Education Coalition: This site is specifically for military parents, educators and youth development professionals. There is an abundance of information on supporting military youth in active duty settings and also National Guard and Reserve kids.

Military Families Learning Network: This site has many helpful webinars and is sponsored by Extension Services, Department of Defense and USDA. They also have great blogs about family development, military children and youth, family transitions, and community capacity building.

4-H Military Partnership: This website has a section specifically for educators or staff working with military youth. It provides information on programs for military youth. It also gives details about the Child and Youth program with the Army National Guard.

ADAPT4U: This is a research-based organization that works with a group of 10-12 military families weekly for 14 weeks. They walk them through the ADAPT4U curriculum to measure the effectiveness of parenting in a military family. This project is funded by the Department of Defense and the University of Minnesota.

Military OneSource: Free online resources (i.e., books, blogs, electronic books, DVDs) are available for parents, students, and educators to use during any phase of a military family's life are available. A login must be created to access the resources.

K-12 Military Kids Toolkit: The K-12 Military Kids Toolkit is a free electronic kit that includes an online educator’s guide and curriculum lessons. The curriculum can be implemented in a small group or a classroom-style setting by a school counselor, social worker or teacher. The lessons cover deployment-related topics such as stress, coping, communication, positive thinking, changing family roles and fostering resilience.