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Webinar: Supporting Military-Connected Children in the Education System

November 15, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

SAMHSA Substance abuse and mental health services administration

According to the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC), there are almost 2 million children of service members in active duty, National Guard, and Reserves. Additionally, it is estimated that 2 million children and youth are of post-9/11 Veterans. School-aged children of military and Veteran families have unique experiences that can create challenges in educational and social development, in addition to the difficulties experienced by non-military children. For example, military-connected children move six to nine times during their K-12 education. These moves often occur in the middle of the school year and require the military-connected student to adjust to new teachers, students, classes, learning environments, and more.

This webinar will give an overview of the work being done by the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) and how they incorporate best practices in their work. Following the MCEC overview participants will hear about a specific MCEC program called the Purple Star Initiative and what Purple Star Schools do to support military-connected children and their families. Following these presentations, participants will hear about the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (NCTSN) and how MCEC and NCTSN are working together to form multi-tiered supports to ensure Military and Veteran Children and receiving the supports that fit their individual needs.

By attending this webinar, participants will:

  • Understand how national best practices for comprehensive school mental health systems are being adapted and incorporated to support military-connected youth and families
  • Identify components of a multi-tiered system of support to reinforce the mental health and well-being of military-connected youth
  • Describe the Purple Star School program and how it helps schools respond to the educational and social-emotional challenges military-connected children face during their transition to a new school
  • Discuss how the combination of MTSS, comprehensive school counseling programs, and the Purple Star School initiatives help to support community partners working with military-connected youth

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November 15, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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