Every April, Military Community and Family Policy collaborates to support and celebrate military children and their parents during Month of the Military Child. Together, we’re featuring resources from across programs to help families discover the wealth of information and support they can turn to throughout the year. This year, we are focusing on the overall mental health and well-being of military children of all ages and providing support to help military children, youth, teens and parents thrive.

Let’s celebrate and support military children together

Learn about the many ways to participate:

  • Check out our virtual events: Visit the Military OneSource Facebook page to see the exciting events we have planned throughout April on topics such as Teen Mental Health led by Military Youths of the Year, Preparing To Be a Professional with the University of Georgia 4-H, Thrive’s Branch Out program for parents whose children are making the transition into adulthood and Smooth Takeoffs, Soft Landings with school liaisons. See the complete list of events throughout the month of April.
  1. Promote and participate in Purple Up: Encourage military families and friends to participate in Purple Up Day by wearing purple, decorating homes and offices with purple and sharing their photos on social media with #PurpleUp22.
  2. Show your love for MilKids: Include the You’re Everything campaign emblem in your communications and on promotional materials and use the Defense Department-wide hashtags: #MOMC2022 and #PurpleUp22.

Suggested resources:

  • Children and Youth Counseling Services Help Develop Healthy Habits: Parents of military youth can help their children learn how to develop healthy ways to deal with stress and life’s curveballs. Sometimes the stresses children face may require professional help. These situations could include a parent’s deployment, a family move or the general pressures of teen life. The Military and Family Life Counseling Program can help with its children’s mental health services.
  • Military Kids Connect: This website, designed for military teens, helps MilKids face stressors, worries and constant changes which can affect their physical and emotional health. Staying well is an ongoing process, and military-connected teens need to take an active role in taking care of themselves. Explore these health and wellness resources available for teens.
  • Sesame Street for Military Families: The collaboration between the Defense Department 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 Everyday Health and Wellness section helps families stay healthy in body and mind with tips on moving your body, sensible eating, self-care and more.
  • 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 Defense Department 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.
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America: Among many other benefits, Boys & Girls Clubs equip young people with the skills they need to manage their emotions and build resiliency so they can engage in every opportunity that comes their way. Find resources to help parents and caregivers have important conversations about mental health with the young people in their lives, as well as recognize warning signs.
  • 4-H Military Partnership: 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 Partnership 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 they can quickly navigate services, connect with resources and advocate for themselves or their family members 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.
  • MilProvider app: Service providers can use the mobile MilProvider app to quickly and easily access and share relevant Military OneSource resources and products such as childcare information and parenting resources created to support military families and children. The app is available free from the Apple Store and Google Play.

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