Resources for Supporting the Military Child

The following list provides a sample – by no means a comprehensive list – of resources for supporting the military child.

Toolkit_MilitaryPhoto1210 Things Military Teens Want You to Know (PDF)
The National Military Family Association created this toolkit to give the people in military teens’ lives a way to help them manage the best and hardest parts of military life.

Best Practices: Building Blocks for Enhancing School Environment
This monograph from the Military Child Initiative identifies four important components to creating a positive, supportive school environment.

Building Resilient Kids
This online course from the Military Child Initiative is for school administrators, support staff and teachers to help all students meet life’s challenges with resilience, focusing primarily on students from military families.

Education Resource Center
This page on the Military Child Education Coalition website provides information about state school requirements and resources for 50 states, DoDEA and Washington, D.C. Topics include assessment, curriculum and state standards, graduation/promotion requirements, planning for college, and special education.

Educators Guide to the Military During Deployment (PDF)
This booklet, sponsored by the Educational Opportunities Directorate of the Department of Defense, is intended to help educators build coping skills in students during and after a military deployment.

For Love Of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots
A 4-hour, 2-part documentary that provides audiences with an understanding of the role African Americans played in the  history of the United States.

How To Prepare Our Children and Stay Involved in Their Education During Deployment (PDF)
Tips for parents and educators from the Military Child Education Coalition.

Military Students on the Move: A Toolkit for School Leaders (PDF)
The School Leader’s Toolkit is prepared by the Department of Defense to assist installation commanders, educators, and families involved in large-scale military relocations.

Military Student Passport
Designed to help students capture critical information before each move and be aware of the cycles of emotions that can accompany each change. To order, contact Kathleen O'Beirne at The passports cost $4.95 + $1 postage.

Military Youth on the Move
This website for kids covers topics for military youth, like dealing with deployment and moving to a new location, and everyday youth topics, like dealing with divorce.

SOAR (Student Online Achievement Resources)
A program for military families and the school districts that serve them. It aims to address the unique challenges facing military children in our nation’s public schools, while benefiting the overall student population.

Students at the Center
An educational resource for military families, military leaders and school leaders from the The Department of Defense Education Activity’s Educational Partnership. Provides information on important policies, procedures, and best practices that are critical to supporting the needs of military families’ education.

Tackling Tough Topics: An Educator's Guide to Working with Military Kids
A publication designed to help educators better understand and respond to the unique issues facing military kids whose parents or loved ones have been or are currently deployed, from the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Talk, Listen, Connect: Deployments, Homecomings, Changes (Sesame Workshop)
A bilingual (English and Spanish) multimedia outreach program 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.

Tips for Helping Students Recovering From Traumatic Events (PDF)
A U.S. Department of Education guide for parents and students who are coping with the aftermath of a natural disaster, as well as teachers, coaches, school administrators and others who are helping those affected. Although the focus is on natural disasters, these tips may apply to other traumas students may experience.

Working with Military Children: A Primer for School Personnel (PDF)
The primer from the Virginia Military Family Services Board looks at the four major aspects of military lifestyle: separations or deployments, homecomings, relocation, and crises. It includes an activities section designed to help children cope with the adjustments that a military lifestyle can demand. 


Return to the AASA Toolkit: Supporting the Military Child.