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Baby to Big Kid As ZERO TO THREE's newest resource for parents, this parent eNewsletter offers science-based information on how children learn and grow each month from birth to age three.

Baby Signs®
Baby Signs is a research-based program that teaches infants and toddlers to use simple, easy-to-do gestures to communicate what they need, what they see, and even what they feel with their parents and caregivers.

Department of Defense Education Activity's Students at the Center
A Resource Guide for Military Families, Military Leaders and School Leaders.

Department of Defense Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Toolkit The DoD Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) Prevention Program disseminated valuable educational resources to service providers working with parents of infants in Family Advocacy Programs, Military Treatment Facilities, and National Guard state family programs. The materials are designed to help parents cope with the stress of an infant and inform them of the dangers of shaking.

Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood is a DoD program operated in partnership with the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies. The program is designed to help service members stationed in communities without military installations (such as Recruiters, Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) instructors, Military Entrance Processing (MEP) personnel, and service members on Independent Duty) find affordable, high-quality child care in communities by providing reduced fees for the care of their children.

New Parent Support Program (NSPS) The NPSP was established by federal law in order to help build strong, healthy military families. Program benefits are available to military families who are expecting a child, or who have a child or children up to three years of age (five years of age for the Marine Corps). The program includes home visits by NPSP staff, and may also include supervised playgroups, parenting classes, and access to books, booklets, and other written materials on parenting. In addition, program participants have access to trained staff that can answer their parenting questions, or refer them to other appropriate resources.

Opening our Doors for Children and Youth Toolkit This toolkit and guide is to be used for installation child development and youth center opening ceremonies.

Operation Military Child Care (OMCC) OMCC is a DoD initiative, administered through a contract with Child Care Aware of America (formerly NACCRRA), to support the child care needs of parents who are activated or deployed in support of the Global War on Terrorism. This initiative helps these service members locate affordable child care options and provides subsidies to reduce the cost of child care.

Operation Military Kids (OMK) OMK is the U.S. Army's collaborative effort with America's communities to support the children and youth impacted by deployment.

Operation Purple Camp Sponsored by the National Military Family Association, Operation Purple Camp is a free, week-long summer camp program offered at over 60 locations to support military children who have a deployed parent.

Reach Out and Read Reach Out and Read is a national, nonprofit organization that promotes early literacy by making books a routine part of pediatric care. Reach Out and Read trains doctors and nurses to advise parents about the importance of reading aloud and to give books to children at pediatric checkups from six months to five years of age, with a special focus on children growing up in poverty.

Sesame Workshop This bilingual educational outreach initiative is designed for military families and their young children to share.

Speak Out for Military Kids is a youth-led, adult-supported project that generates community awareness of issues and concerns faced by military children and youth. Program initiatives include a Youth Speakers' Bureau; public service announcements developed by program participants; video productions of "suddenly military" youth telling their stories; and interactive theater productions.

Non-Medical Counseling Support

Military and Family Life Counselors (MFLCs) MFLCs are Masters or PhD level, licensed, and credentialed clinical providers that offer intervention and support to military members and their families. They provide non-medical, short-term counseling for every day issues, such as anger management, stress, parenting, communication, family relationships, deployment, and other military-related topics. The program provides anonymous, confidential counseling and life skills support at any time. The goal of the program is to support operational readiness and family readiness. Situations requiring mental health treatment are referred to behavioral health agencies that treat these conditions. Active duty, National Guard and Reserve service members, DoD civilian personnel designated as Civilian Expeditionary Workforce members and their families are eligible to receive counseling services from Military OneSource and MFLCs.

The Navy Reserve Homeport This comprehensive website features Navy Reserve resources such as the Ready Now Strategic Plan, family readiness information, voting assistance, and information on the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

Navy Reserve Psychological Outreach Program This resource management program for service members and families provides a comprehensive behavioral health screening. It eventually connects service members to the service provider most able to meet their needs, taking into consideration the behavioral health screening and other factors like location.

Deployment

Deployment Guide This guide is intended to help service members and their families prepare for deployment, serve as a resource during the deployment, and help navigate the challenges of a service member's return and reintegration after the deployment. Information presented in the guide applies to deploying service members of all branches and services and their families. The guide is not intended to be printed in its entirety but to be used as an interactive resource.

Deployment Health Clinical Center (DHCC) This section of the DHCC website provides information on the resources available to help Reserve and National Guard families while the service member is on active duty.

Inter-Service Family Assistance Committee (ISFAC) Resource Guide This guide is designed to orient and inform Family Program staff about how to establish and sustain state ISFACs. The ISFAC plays a key role in assisting staff to deliver baseline services to geographically dispersed service members and families closest to where they live.

Mental Health Screen-Military Program This program helps individuals identify their own symptoms and access assistance before a problem becomes serious. The self-assessments address post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, generalized anxiety disorder, alcohol use, and bipolar disorder. After completing a self-assessment, individuals receive referral information including services provided by TRICARE, Military OneSource, and Vet Centers.

National Resource Directory An online partnership of "shared care" providing information on, and access to, services and resources for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans, their families and families of the fallen, and those who support them from recovery and rehabilitation to community reintegration.

The Navy Reserve Homeport This comprehensive website features Navy Reserve resources such as the Ready Now Strategic Plan, family readiness information, voting assistance, and information on the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

Navy Reserve Psychological Outreach Program This resource management program for service members and families provides a comprehensive behavioral health screening. It eventually connects service members to the service provider most able to meet their needs, taking into consideration the behavioral health screening and other factors like location.

Office of Assistant Secretary of Defense (OASD) Reserve Affairs Works to assist service members and their families to prepare for separations during short and long term deployments.

Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Free Download and Resource The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) provides education to improve care for TBI patients, support families, and increase public awareness of the effects of TBI.

Moving

MilitaryINSTALLATIONS With MilitaryINSTALLATIONS you can select any location and find valuable information on many topics such as housing, relocation assistance, child care, household goods, education, and health care. Learning about your new community was never this easy.

MySTATE MySTATE directly accesses organizations that provide special services to members of the military community, providing descriptions and locations of programs and services, maps and driving directions, and connects military families with each other and with supportive resources.

Plan My Move Plan My Move is a set of online organizational tools designed to make frequent moves easier and less disruptive for service members and families. Available tools include a customizable calendar, to-do lists, departure and arrival checklists, installation overviews, and installation-specific information on a number of topics, such as education, transportation, child care, and employment. This site is easy to use and provides quick information and results.

Transition

Department of Veterans Affairs This is the website for the government agency that provides benefits and services to veterans, family members, or survivors of veterans. The toll-free number for benefit information is 800-827-1000. The website includes a treatment facility locator.

Social Security Administration (SSA) The SSA website allows beneficiaries to apply for certain kinds of benefits, find local Social Security offices, request Social Security-related documents, and receive copies of SSA publications. Surviving spouses, former spouses, dependent children, and dependent parents may be eligible for Social Security Survivor Insurance upon the death of a Service member who has paid Social Security taxes.

TurboTAP TurboTAP is the Department of Defense's official website providing information for service members on transitioning from military service to the civilian world.


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