FREE help for military parents
by Dawn Brantley
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Free Help For Parents of Highly Mobile Children
As a military family you might be expected move a time or two…….or twenty. In all
likelihood, your children will have to move too. Military children move an average of 9
times during their school years. That’s a lot of transitions. But there’s more.
Did you know that our children can miss critical elements such as learning to tell time,
and intro to multiplication as they transition from one school district to another? Since
the United States Education system is governed at the State level it is not uncommon for
students to face a set of different educational requirements as they move with their
families. For high school students this can mean facing challenges getting the classes
they want and even barriers to an on time graduation.
To avoid these pitfalls and create successful school transitions that build resiliency and
strength in your children, you as parents need to be involved with your child’s education
during the year and throughout the transition process. This involvement ranges from
reading to your children when they are toddlers and preschoolers, organizing their school
papers and records, to assisting your high school child in choosing a high school
curriculum that will insure that they graduate on schedule, no matter how many high
schools they attend. Being your child’s best advocate to insure that they get the best
education available is a huge task……but there is help and hope – and it is FREE!
The Parent To Parent program is starting its new year. This program, brought to you by
the Military Child Education Coalition and funded by the Department of the Army,
provides free workshops and fabulous resources to military families on topics related to
the education and transitions of highly mobile children. This year Parent To Parent is
offering numerous free, educational and entertaining workshops. So read on.
Workshops available include:
“Heart Strength Not Heart Break” covers why and how to maintain strong connections
to your child’s education throughout a deployment.
“Homework Success: Preparing for combat” will show you how to be victorious over
homework battles. Learn how to motivate, manage, and be in command of your student’s
In “Chart Your Course: Steering in the right direction” you will learn how to plan a
high school curriculum to ensure the most post secondary options are available to your
child. Because you may not know how many high schools your student will attend or
what they will choose to do after graduation - be prepared for anything!
“GLU: Growing, Learning and Understanding” will assist you in opening up your
child’s world through early literacy. Learn how to take reading to your toddler or
preschooler to the next level!
“Your Child’s Treasure Chest” will teach you how to organize your child’s piles of
school work and paperwork into a powerful tool to ease school transitions.
“Riding The Waves and Learning To Hang Ten” will make your transitions planned,
prepared and totally smooth! Includes information on Alaskan programs that can
enhance your child education during your time here.
“Not All Teachers Are Like Charlie Brown’s” will show you the purpose of parent
teacher conferences. You will discover it’s possible to learn more about your child’s
education in 10 minutes than you ever imagined!
These programs are typically provided at FRG meetings, new soldier orientations,
MOPS, PTA meetings or for any other group of Army parents. Parent to Parent has even
developed special training workshops available to Family Child Care providers and
created customized workshops to meet individual groups’ needs. The programs and
materials provided are always free. To learn more about Parent to Parent and the
Military Child Education Coalition visit www.militarychild.org. But the good news
doesn’t stop there!
This year Parent To Parent is looking for 2 more team members! Parent to Parent is
seeking parents with personal experience in military transitions. You will receive
professional training by the Military Child Education Coalition and work as part of the Ft
Richardson Parent to Parent team. As a member of this dynamic team you will provide
workshops for parents throughout the community and share research, strategies and
resources to support parents in their role as their child’s best advocate. More information
can be found on the MCEC website listed above or by contacting the Parent to Parent
Program Manager at 703-347-7028. Deadline for application is 1 October 2007.
If you or your group would like to schedule a workshop please contact Dawn Brantley at
317-7694 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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