Count Our Kids | A Program for Military Connected Children

military kids in a classroom

Military kids can be mislabeled in our schools and with our health care providers. Studies have shown that a military child’s mindset is distracted when their Homefront changes. This can lead to a negative impact at school on their academics.

There are over 1 million military connected children in our schools. These children face many challenges including frequent moves, long separation from their parent or guardian due to deployment and trainings, having to attend a new school, making new friends, changing family dynamics, and parent or guardian returning with invisible or visible wounds.

The military connected child experiences feelings of isolation, no one to relate to, anxiety, depression and can be a high risk for suicide, far greater than a civilian child. However, these children can be resilient, if they have the proper support. This is why schools need to know who is military connected!

Raising Awareness & Encouraging Change in Our Education System

MCCG works with County Departments of Education, school districts and individual schools to include a military connection student self-identifier on school enrollment forms. Schools would know if the child’s home front is impacting their attention and performance in the classroom.

A student enrollment and emergency card should include how the student is connected, by Active Duty, Guard, Reserves, Veteran and Fallen. Privacy is maintained - if the child experienced a deployment(s), the personal data stays within the school and school district.

Once identified, schools have access to community resources for support and the opportunity to apply for potential federal grants.

School districts are strongly encouraged to take voluntary action to change their forms. Starting in 2012, MCCG worked with the Orange County Department of Education to create a no-cost method for school districts to modify military connection self-identifier on school forms, develop an internal school district military liaison to assist students needing assistance, and a regional Resource Guide for schools to assist military connected students. The development was completed and school districts began adopting it in 2013.

In 2014, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office requested that MCCG organize a meeting with stakeholders to share the Orange County Dept. of Education successes with the Los Angeles Unified School District. LAUSD used the MCCG blueprint, began rolling out a form in fall 2015.

We are happy to announce in 2019, a federal mandate requires all schools to provide a military self-student identifier!

Count our Kids: Bringing Awareness & Encouraging Change Beyond the Classroom

MCCG encourages our healthcare system to adopt the same military self-identifier on intake forms, to better assist pediatricians with more accurate behavioral information.

Military Childrens Collaborative Group Programs

Count Military Connected Kids

Count Our Kids

Our program is to engage states & counties to provide basic tools to facilitate voluntary child identification with the education & healthcare data systems.

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Military Boy Saluting

Salute Our Kids

Our program is designed to acknowledge military-connected children for silently serving our Country in our schools and in our communities.

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Military Teenager

MilTeenChat App

The MilTeenChat App is designed to help military teens gain coping skills, socially connect with other military teens, offer peer-to-peer support, and more.

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Scouting Patch

Scouting Patch

MCCG developed this meaningful program for the Boy Scouts of America with children in Scouting, empowering Scouts to help support military families.

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Courage Coin Initiative

Courage Coin Initiative

Military Children's Collaborative Children’s Courage Coin was designed to honor military kids for their silent service.

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The Facts About Our System and Military Connected Children

Here at the Military Childrens Collaborative Group, we have several programs to provide assistance for children of those who serve in our armed forces. Each of these programs is designed to educate and support all children with loved ones serving our country. This includes those chidren who have parents or siblings on active duty, in the National Guard or Reserve, as well as children of military veterans.

Military Kids in a Classroom

Approximately 1.7 million military connected children are enrolled in our schools.

Very few teachers, counselors, or administrators have been trained on how military life can impact the child’s well-being and their success in school.

Two million children have experienced the deployment of a parent/guardian. Most of these children have experienced multiple deployments.

The Department of Defense and US Education have no method or system in place to identify where these children are enrolled in schools and exactly how many children are involved.

Most school districts nationally do not have student enrollment forms with questions requesting information on parents/guardian’s present military status.

Ready to take action and help us fund our programs as we improve the lives of children connected to the military?

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to questions you may have about the Military Childrens Collaborative Group’s Count Our Kids Program.

Contact us and we will provide our Blueprint and information.

Yes! MCCG created a resource guide “How to Support Military Kids in Your School.”

Yes! We offer a Principal’s toolkit to celebrate April the Month of the Military Child.

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