Military Families

Thousands of Minnesotans serve our country in the military and in turn, thousands of military families and children are impacted by their service. Resources are available to assist Minnesota educators serve and support children in their classrooms and learn more about how students may be affected by the military service of a parent or family member.

We hope that every educator will take the time to familiarize themselves with this information regarding the effects of deployment and reintegration on children.

Minnesota National Guard Youth Programs Peer Support Initiative Curriculum
The curriculum is a set of six (6) lessons that school counselors can implement in a small group setting to help children of military families learn to deal with stress, coping, communication, changing family roles, and fostering resilience. To request the curriculum, visit the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon website Military Kids Toolkit web page. Follow the links and a member from Youth programs will contact you with more information.

Responding to Military Children with Exceptional Needs
The Military Child Education Coalition, in cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Education, will be presenting “Responding to Military Children with Exceptional Needs,” a professional development institute for educators and service-providers. The training is scheduled for October 28-29, 2014, in Roseville. There is no cost for this two-day, 12-contact hour training. Topics will include the latest research and experience-based knowledge, skills and tools to help educators and service responders provide informed sensitivity and support to military-connected children with exceptional needs. See the flyer for more information (PDF). Please contact Myriam Virella to register. CEUs are available and space is limited.