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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

This webinar offers tips to help children make a smooth transition to a new school, including ways to make new friends.. …
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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.

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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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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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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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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.

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For Military Youth and Teens – The Essentials

Making sure military children are cared for and ensuring that a variety of programs and services are in place to support the unique needs of military children, youth and families is a high priority of the Defense Department. Children, Youth and Families programs and initiatives are designed to support military youth as their needs change over time — so that military parents and children thrive every step of the way.

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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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Understanding the Survivor Benefit Plan

The Survivor Benefit Plan, or SBP, 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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The Department of Defense Education Activity — Strong Foundations for Military-Connected Children

With frequent moves for military families, finding the right school for your child is a crucial way to ease their transition. Department of Defense Education Activity schools provide education for children of service members and Department of Defense civilians that’s competitive with any school system, from pre-K through high school.

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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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Advance Enrollment for Military Children

Advance Enrollment, an initiative that enables parents to pre-enroll their children in a school district before they arrive at their PCS destination, is now the policy in 34 states.

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An Overview of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act

Every child deserves a quality education. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act ensures that all children with special needs have access to a “free appropriate public education” and they have the necessary tools to meet their educational goals.

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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.

Program Briefing

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. …
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Resources for Military Parents As COVID-19 Continues

Parents are facing a variety of new and ongoing challenges as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Virus conditions keep changing, and work and school schedules vary. It’s easy to feel stressed about making the best choices for your family and bogged down by decision fatigue.

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. …