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Changing Schools – The Essentials

Relocation is part of military life. Every few years your family may be required to move, possibly across the county or to another country. Relocating a school-aged child includes its own unique challenges and responsibilities. Military OneSource provides practical information on enrollment, placement and attendance, as well as other helpful intel you’ll need to successfully help your children navigate these transitions and build lifelong resiliency.

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Challenges of Changing Schools

Participants will learn tips for making a smooth transition to a new school and ways to make new friends.. …
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Helping Your Children Change Schools

Frequent moving to new duty stations is fact of military life. Be prepared to help your school-age children with changing schools—it can go a long way to helping them adjust in healthy ways to some of the routines of military life.

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Coping with Standardized Testing Systems When You Change Schools

Whether it’s your first move or your fifth, even the most organized military parents need help navigating a new school district’s standardized testing system. While the federal No Child Left Behind Act requires every school district to test students in reading and math, every state has developed its own testing system. Here’s what you need to know before your child switches schools.

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The Interstate Compact Makes Changing Schools Easier for Military Children

When moving to a new duty station means going to a new state as well as a new school for your kids, rest assured that the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children is designed to make the transition smooth. The Department of Defense, in collaboration with the National Center for Interstate Compacts and the Council of State Governments developed the compact to address the educational transitions for military families. All 50 states have committed to helping your children enroll in school, register for the classes they need, and graduate on time.

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Advance Enrollment for Military Children

A temporary waiver, which will allow your military child to pre-enroll for school before you arrive at your PCS destination, is now obtainable in 19 states.

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Certification Process Eases for Student Recipients of Survivor Benefit Plan

The certification process has gotten easier for students age 18 and older covered as a child annuitant under the military Survivor Benefit Plan. SBP students now have more time to file their certifications each semester and can file school certification forms online.

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Parenting Youth and Teens – The Essentials

As a parent, your job is to raise children and teens to cope in healthy ways to changing circumstances like deployments, moves and new schools. Military OneSource is there to help you parent at every stage, offering guidance on making moves easier for your kids, helping you support your child at school and encouraging you to talk to teens about important topics like substance abuse and managing stress.

Back-to-School Planning During COVID-19

Transition smoothly from summer to school by making a great game plan for the school year with your child. By doing so, you can help your child establish a sense of ownership in the plan to prepare them for – and perhaps even get excited about – going back to school.

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Leaving Your Children With a Caregiver During Deployment

As a service member, you will benefit from some planning and organization when you leave your child with a caregiver during deployment. The more information everyone has, the better.

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Making the Move Easier for Military Children

Moving with kids can be a little like assembling a jigsaw puzzle. A little perspective and patience is needed for you to fit all the pieces together.

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Understanding the Survivor Benefit Plan

The Survivor Benefit Plan, or SRB, allows retired service members to allocate a portion of their retired pay to a spouse or other eligible beneficiary after their death. Every retiring service member with an eligible spouse or child receives automatic enrollment in the Survivor Benefit Plan at the maximum level

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How to Help a Child Who Is Being Bullied

According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, one in five students ages 12-18 experience bullying, which can be verbal, physical or electronic. Learn the signs and how you can help a child being bullied.

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Child and Youth Behavioral Military and Family Life Counselors

Child and youth behavioral military and family life counselors provide support to military children for a variety of issues, including low self-esteem, behavioral problems and changes at home.

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504 Plan Versus IEP Overview

Both individualized education programs and 504 plans document how children with special needs will reach their education goals. Learn about the differences between IEPs and 504 plans.

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A Family Checklist for Moving OCONUS

When you receive orders for a permanent change of station overseas, your mind may jump to thoughts of international travel, exotic foods and new experiences. There is work involved, yes, but Military OneSource provides relocation assistance as well as online tools and personalized support so you can focus on your new adventure.

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A Children's Guide to Coping With Disasters - This webinar will discuss how disasters impact children and what you can do to help them. It will discuss the. …

Effective Discipline for Preteens Ages 10 to 12

As children move from elementary age into middle school and adolescence, their disciplinary needs change. As preteens begin to explore their independence, they need supportive adults to help them learn to control their behavior and develop. …

Supporting Military Children During the New School Year

As a friend or family member, you can help the military family in your life rise to the challenges of schooling during COVID-19 by letting them know you are there to listen to their concerns and to help in any way you can.