Every April is Month of the Military Child. This year, Military Community and Family Policy is collaborating with key partners to celebrate and support our military children. Together, we’re featuring resources from across programs to help families discover the wealth of resources and support they can turn to throughout the year.
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. Speakers include best-selling children’s book author Trevor Romain, noted pediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, Inspector General of the U.S. Army, Lieutenant General Leslie C. Smith, and more.
- Military Child Appreciation Kits: The Department of Defense and Military OneSource are offering free Military Child Appreciation Kits. Visit the Month of the Military Child page for more information and to register.
- Promote and participate in Purple Up: Encourage military families and friends to participate in Purple Up Day by wearing purple and sharing their photos on social media with #PurpleUp21.
- Show your love for MilKids: Include the You’re Everything campaign emblem in your communications and on promotional materials and use the Department of Defense-wide hashtags: #MOMC2021 and #PurpleUp21.
- Sesame Street for Military Families: The collaboration between the Department of Defense 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 “Talk, Listen, Connect” initiative features specially-created videos, storybooks and workbooks that guide families through tough transitions such as relocation and deployment.
- 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 Department of Defense 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.
- 4-H military partnerships: 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 Partnerships 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 you can quickly navigate services, connect with resources and advocate for yourself or your family member 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.