Introduction to MCEC

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The mission of the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) is to ensure inclusive, quality educational opportunities for all military and veteran-connected children affected by mobility, transition, and family separation.
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Our Vision

Every military child is college, workforce, and life-ready.

Our Mission

To ensure inclusive, quality educational opportunities for all military and veteran-connected children affected by mobility, transition, and family separation.

Our Goals

The Military Child Education Coalition will:
1.    Provide responsive and relevant support systems, resources, and products.
2.    Expand the MCEC’s outreach through engagement, advocacy, and partnerships.
3.    Execute a strategic communications plan.
4.    Build a strong, sustainable, and financially sound organization.
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Resources

This page provides many resources for schools and families.
Community Crises and Disasters: A Parent’s Guide to Talking with Children of All Ages is designed as a resource that parents can turn to in a time of crisis, or ideally, in advance of a crisis. It provides practical  information  about  children’s  reactions,  and  ideas  about  how  to  support  their  healthy  coping. Stories of three families facing different types of crises illustrate these ideas, and provide a starting point for discussions about supporting children. In addition, detailed suggestions about how to talk with children after a crisis or disaster, with tips for different age groups, accompany each story.
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College and Career guide cover and document
College, Career and Life Readiness for Military and Veteran Children: A Military and Community Leaders’ Guide
This Guide will provide background and recommendations in order to help you make well informed
decisions about issues regarding the military and veteran-connected children in grades Kindergarten through 12 within your community. Given the current complexity of educational reform with its effort at raising the bar on academic rigor, this is a well-timed aid for those involved with the process and the changing environment.

Transition Resources

Some of the transition resources you can view on this page include:

Transition Resources

  • 10 Important Transition Questions to Research
  • Navigating School Moves
  • Transitions - What Every Parent Needs to Know Webinar
  • MCEC Military Student Transition Consultants (MSTC)
  • The Challenges of the Military Child
  • A Military Family’s Guide to School Transitions
  • Sesame Street for Military Families

MCEC Courses

  • Supporting Veterans’ Children through Transitions
  • Supporting Military Children through School Transitions™:  Foundations
  • Supporting Military Children through School Transitions™: Social/Emotional Institute
  • Click here for College and Career Readiness Resources

MCEC Programs

  • Student 2 Student and Junior Student 2 Student and Elementary Student 2 Student
  • MCEC Military Student Transition Consultants (MSTC
  • MCEC Parent to Parent Program

Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission (MIC3)

  • Know Your Military Child’s Rights Webinar
  • 3 Reasons the MIC3 is Crucial for Military Families
  • A Few Facts about MIC3
  • What Superintendents and Administrators Can Do

Transition Videos

  • Military Kids: Getting Highly Mobile Students Ready for the World
  • Supporting Veterans' Children through Transitions
  • Let's Talk about Changing Schools
  • A Spectrum of Things to Consider About Military Kids
  • Getting Military Kids with Exceptional Needs Ready for the World
  • The Many Challenges of Military Children
  • Webinar: Easing Transition – What Every Parent Should Know
 
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Hurricane and Disaster Preparedness/Recovery

Supporting Military Children During Separation: Training, Deployment, Humanitarian Aid & Disasters Training events, deployments, humanitarian aid activities and disaster relief support all impact a military parent's ability to stay up to date with their child(ren) and what is happening in school. This webinar will offer ideas and techniques to maintain involvement during separation, support techniques for the deployed parent and the remaining parent/caregiver, and manage stress, both for parents/caregivers and for the child(ren). Click here for the webinar.
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Community Crises and Disasters, A Parent’s Guide to Talking with Children of All Ages. This handbook, which is one of those projects, is a parent guide to understanding and responding to children’s concerns, questions, and emotional reactions during and following any kind of community crisis.
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Providing Psychosocial Support to Children and Families in the Aftermath of Disasters and Crises
Disasters have the potential to cause short- and long-term effects on the psychological functioning, emotional adjustment, health, and developmental trajectory of children. This clinical report provides practical suggestions on how to identify common adjustment difficulties in children in the aftermath of a disaster and to promote effective coping strategies to mitigate the impact of the disaster as well as any associated bereavement and secondary stressors.
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Support through schools in the aftermath of hurricanes. 
School professionals can play a critical role in supporting children both in the immediate aftermath of this crisis or throughout the recovery period as they cope with their losses. The circumstances of each individual child and their family will be different, but all children will share the common experience of the disruption caused by this disaster. School professionals should offer students ongoing understanding and support that can help them make sense of their experiences and stay productive and positive in their lives.
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Recovery: After a Hurricane from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network


Most families will recover over time, particularly with the support of family, friends, and organizations. The length of recovery will depend in part upon how frightening the hurricane was, whether evacuation from home was necessary, and the extent of the damage and loss. Some families will be able to return to their normal routines rather quickly, while others will have to contend with repairing damage to their home and possessions, finding medical care, and facing financial hardship. Some families will have lost a loved one or a pet. Others will need to deal with school closings or changes in school schedules.  Children's functioning and recovery will be influenced by how their parents and caregivers cope during and after the hurricane. Children often turn to adults for information, comfort, and help. Children do best when parents and teachers remain (or at least appear) calm, answer children's questions honestly, and respond as best they can to requests.
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1) TRICARE has updated its website to include specific information for those who are or are about to be impacted by Hurricane Irma and are working through the recovery from Hurricane Harvey:
https://tricare.mil/Resources/DisasterInfo/DisasterAlerts/09_05_17_Puert...
Additional TRICARE resources include:
Information to consider BEFORE an emergency occurs
https://tricare.mil/Resources/DisasterInfo/BeforeDisaster
Information to consider AFTER an emergency occurs
https://tricare.mil/Resources/DisasterInfo/AfterDisaster

Tricare Contact Information

TRICARE North Region
Health Net Federal Services, LLC
1-877-TRICARE
(1-877-874-2273)
www.hnfs.com
TRICARE South Region
Humana Military
1-800-444-5445
www.humana-military.com
TRICARE West Region
UnitedHealthCare Military & Veterans
1-877-988-WEST
(1-877-988-9378)
2)  Specific Information For Impacted Service Members and Families:  Local installation commands are the primary source of information for affected members and families.  They should frequently check their installation website and Facebook pages for information specific to their area.
In addition to local resources, these national links provide vital information on preparedness and recovery:
National Readiness Campaign
www.Ready.gov 
For our Veteran community,

3) Military Aid Societies are the official Military Service charities that assist our Service Members and families in times of need:
Army Emergency Relief
https://www.aerhq.org/
Phone number: 866-878-6378
Air Force Aid Society
https://www.afas.org/
Phone Number: 703-972-2650
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
http://www.nmcrs.org/pages/disaster-relief
Phone Number: (800)-654-8364
Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA)
http://www.cgmahq.org/
Phone Number: 800-881-2462
4) Other Ways to Help (DoD endorsement/solicitation not intended)
From the FEMA Website
www.fema.gov/hurricane-irma
"To help people affected by the storm [cash donations and volunteering], visit the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster webpage for a listed of trusted organizations."
https://www.nvoad.org/
The Corporation for National and Community Service  has information for those who wish to volunteer
National Readiness Campaign also has information on how to volunteer.
https://www.ready.gov/get-involved
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