SOAR is designed for military families, and is easily accessible worldwide. Students take an assessment aligned to state standards, and SOAR directs them to individualized tutorials to improve skills where needed. For more information visit, http://www.soarathome.org/ or www.militaryimpactedschoolsassociation.orgMilitary OneSource is a confidential Department of Defense-funded program providing comprehensive information on every aspect of military life at no cost to active duty, National Guard, and reserve members, and their families. Information includes, but is not limited to, deployment, reunion, relationships, grief, spouse employment and education, parenting and childhood services. It is a virtual extension to installation services and available 24/7 no matter where you live or serve. Please visit: http://www.militaryonesource.mil/
Military Kids Connect (MKC) is an online community of military children (ages 6-17 yr old) that provides access to age-appropriate resources to support children from pre-deployment, through a parent's or caregiver's return. For more information visit, www.militarykidsconnect.orgOperation: Military Kids (OMK) provides support and resources to military youth before, during, and after parents are deployed. For more information visit, www.operationmilitarykids.org
Boys and Girls Clubs of America's (BGCA) is a network of safe, neighborhood-based facilities, for children/teens to come together. For more information visit, www.bgca.org
The Armed Services YMCA makes military life easier, and has partnered with YMCA’s nationwide along with the Department of Defense to offer youth development, healthy living and social responsibility to military families. Over 100,000 military children have been impacted by this opportunity since 2008. For more information visit, http://www.asymca.org/programs/ymca-dod-military-outreach-initative/
Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) is a non-profit organization focusing on academic and school-related needs of military-connected youth. For more information visit, www.militarychild.org
Blue Star Museums: Military connected families can take advantage of free admission to more than 2,000 (and counting) museums in all 50 states. Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America. The program runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Participants must present a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card. For more information visit, http://arts.gov/national/blue-star-museums.
Exceptional Family Member (EFM): Military Families with a special needs Family member, also known as an Exceptional Family Member (EFM), often require additional help in meeting the EFM’s needs. To support Families with special needs, the Army created the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP). For more information visit, http://myarmybenefits.us.army.mil/Home/Benefit_Library/Federal_Benefits_Page/Exceptional_Family_Member_Program_(EFMP)_.html?serv=147
Sittercity membership at no cost for military families and offers access to a database of local babysitters, nannies, pet sitters, elder caregivers, etc. Memberships are funded by the DoD to help you find local sitters and military subsidized child care providers, and are available to Army, Marines, Navy and Air Force families, including Active Duty, Re-serve, and Guard. Activate your membership today! Visit: www.sittercity.com/dod**Army Fee Assistance (AFA) for Activated Army National Guard and Army Reserves is working with the U.S. Military Services to help those who serve in the military find and afford child care that suits their unique needs. Through the fee assistance program, families are eligible to receive monthly fee assistance to help offset the cost of child care in their communities. The benefit is available to children from birth through 12 years of age. For more information visit, http://financeweb.gsa.gov/childcare_portal/childcare_army_home