Working with Military Installations: Tools and Tips for Parent Center Staff

For Parent Center staff interested in providing services on military installations.

This toolkit includes:

Initiating Contact with Installations

Parent Center staff can gain insights from their counterparts who have worked with installations.  This short video identifies which key military personnel and events were involved in initial contacts. Participants also describe their successful approach to framing expectations.

Memorandum of Understanding (Instructions and Template)

To get copies of the MOU Instructions and the template,  please contact us at thebranch@wapave.org or by calling 253.565.2266, ext. 112

Parent Center staff can use this template at several points in the process of working with installations:

  • Before making an agreement with installation personnel use the template to learn what they consider important
  • During contacts with installation personnel, to frame the discussion, define scopes of activities and identify separate responsibilities
  • To finalize an agreement: Many installations will require a Memorandum of Understanding before you can offer services
  • Over time: refer back to the Memorandum as personnel change

For military personnel,  Memoranda of Understanding are very important and must use certain wording and formats.  This template is a pre-formatted, fillable form specifically designed for Parent Centers to use with installations.

If your Parent Center  hasn’t worked with installation personnel before, begin with the resources below:

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP):  view on website

For a PDF version of this document, please contact us at thebranch@wapave.org or by calling 253.565.2266, ext. 112

 Parent Center staff can use this resource to become familiar with the basics of the EFM  Program, which was created to help military families who have a family member with special needs. You will likely be interacting with EFMP Coordinators as initial and ongoing contacts, so knowledge of EFMP functions is the place to begin!

What Does a Parent Center Do?  view on website 

For a PDF version of this document, please contact us at thebranch@wapave.org or by calling 253.565.2266, ext. 112

When your initial contact is with installation personnel who have never worked with Parent Centers, this guide can be very useful!

Find where military families live and work, and get contact info for military-connected professionals:

 Region 1 Interactive Map with Military Locations and Contacts

Region 2 Interactive Map with Military Locations and Contacts

Region 3 Interactive Map with Military Locations and Contacts

Region 4 Interactive Map with Military Locations and Contacts

Region 5 Interactive Map with Military Locations and Contacts

Region 6 Interactive Map with Military Locations and Contacts