In 1986, the Secretary of Defense designated each April as "The Month of the Military Child." Recognizing the contribution that the military child makes as their parents, guardians and families server our nation, it is during April of each year that all branches of services provide special days and events to honor their children.
Military children are an inspiration and a source of pride for our nation. Frequent moves and family separations through deployments, and then the reintegration issues make life especially challenging. Often military children are looked up to for their resilience and ability to deal with life changing events. Ohio honors the military child throughout the month of April!
Since Sept. 11, 2001, more than 18,000 Ohio National Guard members have been deployed to serve in the global war on terrorism, and altogether more than 60,000 Ohioans are actively serving their nation away from home. Approximately 34,000 students in Ohio are members of military families. Often the impact of educators is magnified in military children's lives. The following resources can help educators effectively serve students of military families.
Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission
Ohio is one of 35 states involved in the Interstate Compact for Educational Opportunities for Military Children, which is working to ensure that military children are properly enrolled in schools, have eligibility for school activities and have assistance in meeting graduation requirements. Learn about the compact on this website. For for additional information, contact ODE staff members Pete Lupiba, the council’s state commissioner, at Pete.Lupiba@ode.state.oh.us, or Patti Grey, family liaison, at email@example.com.
Working with Ohio’s Military Kids: what educators need to know
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Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC)
The Military Child Education Coalition’s work is focused on ensuring quality educational opportunities for all military children affected by mobility, family separation and transition.
Voice for the Military Child: a newsletter for friends of the MCEC
Operation: Military Kids (OMK) in Ohio
OMK reaches out to youth who have a deployed family member to create community support networks through a variety of educational, social and recreational programs.
Ohio National Guard’s Family Readiness Program
This program provides information and tools for Ohio families, including educational resources, youth camps and recreational opportunities.
Army OneSource, Army Child, Youth and School (CYS) Services works with parents, students and schools to mitigate the challenges resulting from children switching school systems because of family relocation or deployment of a parent.
Ohio Inter-service Family Assistance Coalition (ISFAC)
The ISFAC serves as a statewide “safety net” in support of Ohio military families. The ISFAC connects military families with national, state, regional and community resources as well as volunteer support services.
Touching Base is a quarterly U.S. Department of Education newsletter for the military community.
For general information on serving children of military families, contact Pete Lupiba, state commissioner, Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission, at (614) 728-7728, toll-free at (877) 644-6338, or Pete.Lupiba@education.ohio.gov.