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Highmark Caring Place
A center for grieving children, adolescents and their families
During the holiday season we are often reminded of loved ones who are no longer here to celebrate with us. Being in a community with members struggling through similar circumstances can offer a level of support that is vital. The Highmark Caring Place champions the cause of grieving children by creating awareness of their needs, providing programs for them and their families and empowering the community to effectively support them. Thousands of community members are helped by the Caring Place each year at no cost through their peer support group, education, consultation and referral services. More
The big moving adventure
Moving can be challenging, especially for preschool children. Military families move often—the average child moves six to nine times between kindergarten and high school. The Big Moving Adventure mobile application, developed for the Department of Defense in partnership with Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, lets kids create a muppet friend to help through the moving process. More
Education directory for children with special needs
The education directory for children with special needs provides military families with children with special needs the information they need to make informed assignment decisions and easier transitions.
The directory consists of two components:
- The Early Intervention Directory focusing on early intervention services for children birth through 3 years old
- The School-Age Directory focusing on education services for children with special needs, 3 through 21 years old
Both provide tools and resources to help with the transition to a new location. The Early Intervention Directory summarizes national and state level early intervention trends and includes descriptions of local early intervention service providers. The School-Age Directory summarizes national and state level trends for special education and includes descriptions of individual school districts.
Although focused on services for children with special needs, the directory can and is used by many families who are transitioning with a school-age child. The directory has assisted them in identifying school districts – on or near the installation – responsible for the provision of educational services to military children.
Mission Homefront Deployment Impact Survey for Schools
In many instances and for a multitude of reasons, some military families do not notify their children’s school that a parent or caregiver is or will be deployed. This communication gap makes it very challenging for schools to identify the children who are impacted by military deployment and who may be in need of additional support.