New Parent Support Program

New Parent Support Program: B-3 Resource for Military Families Introducing the New Parent Support Program, a resource for all military parents with a child aged birth to three (B-3) years.  The New Parent Support Program may be a real lifesaver for our military families who have a child with a disability. Like some state orRead More

Help for Grandparents and Other Temporary Caregivers of Military Children-with Handout

It’s fairly common for military-connected children to stay with other family members or family friends when their parent’s military duties take them away for extended periods.  Parents will try to anticipate what the caregiver will need but life has a way of inserting the unexpected. Parent centers can use these resources to help: Military parents planningRead More

Meet Your New Super-Volunteers-Military Families!

Does your parent center need volunteers to expand and continue your work? Military family members are super-volunteers! According to the results of the 2017 Military Lifestyle Survey, military spouses place high value on their civic responsibility. 78% of those respondents volunteer in their civilian communities. The military strongly encourages service members to volunteer, and militaryRead More

New Tools and Updates Plus Essentials for Your Military Family Toolkit

We know you store, save and have useful tools available for your work with families.  Whether it’s bookmarks with folders labeled by topic or subject, saving resources in Word or Excel documents or printing some to easily share during your one-to-one support or at resource fairs, we’ve got you covered! In our back to schoolRead More

Great New Addition to the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)

Military OneSource “EFMP Resources, Options and Consultations” (EFMP ROC) is a new program that provides military families who have members with special health or educational needs with enhanced services   Special needs consultants are available by appointment, via phone or video at no cost, and there is no limit to the number of appointments families canRead More

Changes Coming to Exceptional Family Member Program; Opportunity for Parent Centers

A new wide-reaching project will offer military families the same level of access to services across all DoD military branches and locations. Parent Centers can have an impact by sharing information.

Webinar: What the Office of Community Support for Military Families with Special Needs (OSN) and Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) do for Military Families

In case you haven’t seen it: The Office of Community Support for Military Families with Special Needs (OSN) and the Department of Defense Education Activity share what their offices do, and how they support your work with military families. It is a great introduction to key military programs, and helpful whether you are new toRead More

Medicaid: Referring Military Families to Supports and Services

Military families have unique concerns around the supports and services needed by their child with special needs. On the one hand, they have guaranteed medical coverage through TRICARE, the military health care system and its range of special programs. On the other, there are distinct limits to coverage and programs which may leave military familiesRead More

4 Ways Parent Centers Can Help National Guard Families

  Most National Guard members are part-time military, and receive civilian services when their child has a disability.  They might not identify themselves as National Guard families to Parent Center staff.  Sometimes they don’t know about military benefits that could help their situation. These four tips will help you direct families to all the resourcesRead More

When A Child’s Parent Has PTSD

Reprinted with permission of the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Jennifer L. Price, PhD Updated January 3, 2015 Researchers have examined the impact of Veterans’ PTSD symptoms on family relationships, and on children of Veterans in particular. Understanding how these symptoms affect relationships can help families and children of Veterans cope with difficulties, should theyRead More