Count Our Kids | A Program for Military Connected Children
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.
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
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.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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