Child Care and the Military Family

Did you know there are approximately 1.9 million military children, ranging in ages from newborn to 18 years old? and More than 700,000 children have experienced the deployment of one or more parents since 2001.*

As a child care provider you are at the forefront of supporting these military children and their families.  You can be the stability these children need.  There is help available for you!

Penn State Extension, Childcare and Youth Training and Technical Assistance Program,  has a list of resources featuring research-based information, resources, and professional development for childcare professionals serving military connected families.

Military Families Learning Network concentrates on the interests and needs of child care providers who serve military families. Here you can discover, share, and discuss resources and collaborate on issues that arise as you provide care and education for young children with parents in the military.

This 3-piece set, Honoring Our Babies & Toddlers, from Zero to Three, is designed for professionals and military parents, provides methods to support young children affected by stress, trauma, grief, and loss due to a military parent’s deployment, injury, or death.

One more idea check out these free "Salute the Kids" coloring pages for military children.  "Sit with your children as they color, talk to them about the drawings, help them express their emotions and urge them to add their own creative touches, making the drawings into their very own art."

Keep your eyes on MilitaryAvenue's "Ways to Support the Military Children" for new resources that you can use to care for our children as well as ideas to share with the families you hold dear.  You hold these resilient, loyal, strong children close to your heart.  So do we.

If you are not a MilitaryAvenue Partner Program Participant SIGN-UP today.  If you offer a military-discount to our military families you can have a free ad.  We would love to help you spread the word to military-families about the service and care you want to provide to them:

Additional Resources from and the DoD Community:

  • Child Care Centers - Helping Children Solve Problems
  • Parenting Needs - Teaching Children the Financial Facts of Life
  • Parenting Needs - TRICARE Extends Autism Demonstration
  • K - 12 - A Website for Military Youth
  • K - 12 - Children Staying Home Alone
  • K - 12 - Compact Eases School Transitions for Military Children
  • K - 12 - Helping Children Struggling with a Pending Deployment
  • K - 12 - Keep in Touch after a PCS
  • K - 12 - Military Kids Connect
  • K - 12 - Month of the Military Child: Military Kids, Heroes for the Future
  • K - 12 - Moving Tools: School Report
  • K - 12 - Researching a New School Before a PCS
  • K - 12 - Returning Home from a Deployment for Single Parents
  • K - 12 - Staying Connected During Deployment
  • K - 12 - When to Keep Sick Children Home from School

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    * Source: Month of the Military Child: Saluting Our Military Children

    Build Sports Fans on

    Stepping out in sports should be a natural thought, make it happen. Put a Base Sponsorship front and center on installations where military members live and spread the word about the joy of the sport. 
    A love for sports is planted and nurtured.

    Families love playing baseball, hockey, lacrosse, basketball and tennis on! Military families love liveliness and that is what you are offering to them: the information about your sports facilities, teams and pride.

    We know military folks are moving to new areas of the country, perhaps for the third time in 5 years. Allegiances are built, tweaked and are necessary to hold on to the flavor of the new community: enter sports.

    Welcome home Dad!
    Picture Mom or Dad coming home from a long deployment wanting to get out with their children, reunite, cheer for the good guys, hoot holler and laugh. Hallelujah hockey! Bring on baseball! Kick it up for soccer!
    Share your team's marketing address and program. This would spread the word, spread the zeal and put some slap happy hockey sticks on military kids' dream gift list. Ball caps with insignia can mark a place as home.

    Did I see my team on
    By the way, military children are referred to as Brats... not as a demeaning term, far from it. The symbol of a military brat is a dandelion... a mighty wind will take them to more places than the norm! They grow where planted and stand tall. As a strand of the blossom floats and lands in new territory, the strand has to work to put down a root. Put your sport in the heart of it all!  Blaze the trail for your affiliate information on on each page of the installation closest to you. Bring in the families. They are there ready to cheer your actions, get them in your game! Watch the fervor spread.

    Advertise with us. Easy to jump on the avenue and build relationships with military families. Show your pride!

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    Is Your Business Reaching Out to Military Children on Friday April 13th?

    It could be this simple! Saying thank you to a military child - maybe they are wearing purple this Friday, April 13th?  Are you able to wear purple? A ribbon, a t-shirt, any means to show recognition.

    Put a face to the military child!  You and your sales staff should recognize them with smiles and a big thank you directly to the child.  

    Think how the parent(s) will appreciate your efforts!  April is Month of the Military Child. Take the time and make the effort to recognize these little patriots!

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