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Reach Out and Read is a national, nonprofit organization that promotes early literacy by making books a routine part of pediatric care. The organization trains doctors and nurses to advise parents about the importance of reading aloud and to give books to children at pediatric checkups from 6 months to 5 years of age, with a special focus on children growing up in poverty.

The Armed Services YMCA is a nonprofit organization that works with the Department of Defense to provide support services to military service members and their families. The organization offers essential programs to include hospital assistance, spouse support services, health and wellness services, and child care.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of America partner with military installation youth centers to help young family members succeed in school, stay healthy, learn important skills, pursue arts and sports, and explore vocational choices.

The National 4-H Organization partners with many of the installation Children and Youth Services programs to provide technical assistance and training for military child care staff, as well as deployment/separation support. The organization also helps establish local 4-H clubs for military youth on installations.

MilitaryINSTALLATIONS This resource provides contact information for programs and services, maps and directions, links to comprehensive location overviews and community points of interest for military installations worldwide. Contact information for installation children and youth programs can be found under the programs or services “Child Development Center,” “Children and Youth Registration and Referral,” “Family Child Care/Child Development Homes,” “School-Age Care,” and “Youth Programs/Centers.” Contact information for children and youth-related programs can be found under the programs or services “Educational and Developmental Intervention Services (EDIS),” “Exceptional Family Member Program/Special Needs,” “Family Advocacy,” “New Parent Support Program,” “School Liaison Office/Community Schools,” and “Women, Infants, and Children (WIC & WIC-O).”

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Exceptional Family Members

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The National Military Families Association strives to educate military families about their rights and about benefits and services available to them. The association also provides military families with information on a wide range of issues affecting their lives. The website has information on children and deployment and has a section on family life, with information on child care, spouse employment and adoption. Operation Purple Camp Experience, which the association sponsors, is a free, week-long summer camp program offered at over 60 locations to support military children who have a deployed parent.

Child Care Aware  Child Care Aware has partnered with the military services to assist military families with children with special needs by providing respite care, so that the spouse or service member can leave the house, go to an appointment or just rest. The website provides parent and provider applications and more information about the program, including eligibility requirements.

The Center for Parent Information and Resources serves as the central source of information on disabilities in infants, toddlers, children and youth; laws authorizing special education; and research-based information on effective educational practices related to children with disabilities. The website provides information on a number of topics through an easy-to-navigate A-Z topic listing and also provides links to publications and resources.

Child Development and Education

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Child Development

ZERO TO THREE is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to “promote the healthy development of our nation’s infants and toddlers.” Its site provides a substantial amount of research-based, practical information on a number of topics. The site is arranged in sections for parents and for professionals and includes a topical A-Z listing, journal articles and “Tips of the Week.” There is also a section for military families that includes articles and resources for military families with very young children that is updated monthly.

Child Education

The Military Child Initiative works to improve educational environments for military children to meet their unique needs. The initiative works through a partnership with the Department of Defense, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the Johns Hopkins Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships. The website provides information about the initiative and the technical assistance available through this program.

The Military Child Education Coalition is a nonprofit organization that promotes partnerships and provides for networking of military installations and their supporting school districts. The website provides links to their education resource center, initiatives, publications and research, and training opportunities.

The Military K-12 Partnership between the Department of Defense and the DoD Education Activity has all of the services working with educators and administrators across the nation to provide quality education for all children of military families.