Ways to Celebrate Your Military Child this April
April is the month of the military child! There are currently 1.2 million military children of active-duty members worldwide. Use these resources below to learn how to make this month special for them!
Here are suggested resources:
Sesame Street for Military Families: The collaboration between the Department of Defense and Sesame Workshop brings powerful support and practical tools to preschool-aged military children and their parents to help them cope with the challenges of military life. The “Talk, Listen, Connect” initiative features specially-created videos, storybooks, and workbooks that guide families through tough transitions such as relocation and deployment.
Thrive online program for parents: The Thrive parent education course provides free, online programs that offer evidence-based, age-appropriate positive parenting practices, parent and child stress management tips, and activities to promote physical health for children ages 0 to 18.
Expanded hourly child care for military families: To help meet the growing and diverse needs of military parents, the Department of Defense is proud to offer expanded hourly child care options. Through Military OneSource, military families have access to a nationally recognized caregiver database to search for hourly, flexible, and on-demand child care.
4-H military partnerships: Over 50,000 military-connected youth participate in 4-H Clubs and opportunities worldwide. 4-H provides a variety of programs that encourage children to learn, grow and develop the skills they need to become positive forces in their communities. Visit the 4-H Military Partnerships website to learn more.
EFMP & Me: The new EFMP & Me online tool, available through Military OneSource, expands and tailors support for families with special needs so that you can quickly navigate services, connect with resources and advocate for yourself or your family member with special needs ‒ anytime, anywhere. The tool helps caregivers understand and find medical and educational resources as well as receive step-by-step support for EFMP enrollment, PCS preparation, deployment, and other military life moments.
Here are 50 ways your school can get involved as well from MilitaryChild.org!