Family & Spouse Support

  • Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children
    • This provides for assistance and guidance to school systems and families when military members transfer from one state to another.
  • Military Parenting
    • Parenting for Service Members and Veterans is a first-of-its-kind resource addressing the unique challenges of parenting in military families. This anonymous self-help course is designed to provide military parents with the skills and resources they need to improve their parenting and connect with their families. There are interactive activities and stories of real military and veteran families that will provide valuable skills for the everyday challenges of raising military children, with particular emphasis on reconnecting following a separation such as a deployment and to give military and veteran parents the skills and tools to build stronger families. The course and content were developed by experts from the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs.
    • Provides homework and studying help from a professional tutor any time you need it. FREE for students in Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard and Reserve families. Expert tutors are online 24/7 and available to help in more than 16 subjects, including test prep, proofreading, Math, Science, English and Social Studies.
    • Military parents are now armed with a new resource to use when moving and choosing new schools for their kids – and it’s provided free of charge. enables parents to create customized reports tailored to their children’s specific needs and grade levels. This online program not only aids students and families in adjusting to various academic requirements among schools, but it also helps them to consider other important issues specific to different districts and locations.
  • House Bill 984-Excused Absences
    • Former Governor Sonny Perdue signs bill allowing military youth five days of excused absences to visit parent or guardian during deployment.
  • National Military Family Association
    • Founded in 1969, the National Military Family Association is the leading non-profit organization focusing on issues important to military families. They believe that all military families deserve comprehensive child care, accessible health care, spouse employment options, great schools, caring communities, a secure retirement, and support for widows and widowers.
  • Child Care Aware for Military Families
    • Child Care Aware® of America serves more than 10,000 military children every year. Select your branch of service for more information on eligible programs and assistance.
  • USPS
    • Free USPS Packaging for Family and Friends of Service Members: The United States Postal Service is providing military family members and friends with packaging materials to send packages to service members. Call (800) 610-8734 and select option #1, then #1, then #2 and ask for the “Military Pack.” Eight boxes, tape, packaging materials and labels will be mailed to those who call. They will also provide an ID number to re-order. Allow four to ten days to receive the materials.
  • Military Kids Connect
    • An online community of military children (ages 6-17 yr old) that provides access to age-appropriate resources to support children from pre-deployment, through a parent’s or caregiver’s return.
  • Military Youth on the Move
    • Part of Military One Source, this site is a one-stop shop for information and advice on moving, social life, school and more.
  • Our Military Kids
    • Provides tangible support to the children of deployed and severely injured National Guard and Military Reserve personnel through grants for sports, fine arts and tutoring that nurture and sustain the children during the time a parent is away in service to our country.

Staff Training

Virtual Search Institute Training

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The 4-H Military Partnership has worked with Search Institute to offer 4-H Extension and military Child and Youth Program/Service professionals a great training opportunity! While we originally planned to offer the first session next week (May 25th and 26th), we have had to make adjustments to dates. The information in this email includes the most up-to-date dates and times offered.

We are excited to offer two virtual training opportunities, including:

June 8th and 9th –  The Intentional Relationships Workshop

Group A – 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. CST

Group B – 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. CST

Group C – 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. CST

Relationships are too important to leave to chance. Educational success and social-emotional development blossom when caring adults and supportive peers are present in young people’s lives.  Extensive research has documented relationships as the roots of social and emotional development for youth. Yet many professionals who work directly with youth – especially youth from marginalized communities – face challenges in forming well-rounded relationships that connect with the diverse needs of youth. This workshop helps participants learn to intentionally build developmental relationships with young people to powerfully benefit youth learning and development. Participants will be able to identify approaches to building developmental relationships that are available in the Relationship Builder’s Guidebook* included in Workshop.

*You will need to be able to download the Ebook for this workshop. Consider using a personal email address for registration if your firewall will not allow for downloads.

July 15th and 16th-  Inclusive Relationship Workshop

this session will build upon information learned in the Intentional Relationships Workshop, therefore making the 1st workshop a prerequisite

Group A – 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. CST

Group B – 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. CST

Group C – 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. CST

All young people need to experience developmental relationships, but studies show that significant numbers of young people in schools and community programs do not experience developmental relationships as often or as intensively as they should. Creating an inclusive environment where all young people feel known, validated by, and connected is a prerequisite to positive youth development. Participants walk away with a personal plan to build developmental relationships with all young people, and with a series of practical tools to add to their relationship-building toolkit.

 Registration Details

This training will be offered at no cost to the attendee for up to 180 participants working with military-connected youth through military Child and Youth Programs/Services or 4-H Extension. To ensure our partners from across the globe have an opportunity to connect, up to 60 people will be eligible to attend each session, offered at three different times each day. The registration request link will be open until 5:00 PM CST on Tuesday, June 2nd.

 To complete the registration request form, visit

Beginning June 3rd, requests will be reviewed, and participants will be selected for the workshops based upon the following criteria:

  1. At least one 4-H Extension professional from each state/LGU has the opportunity to attend – if requested.
  2. At least twenty-five CYP/CYS professionals from each branch of service (Air force, Army, Navy, and Guard/Reserve) have the opportunity to attend – if requested.
  3. If there any remaining openings after these two criteria are met, acceptance for attendance will be made based upon the date of request for registration (who applied first).

If you are selected for the training event, you will receive confirmation and workshop materials for the 1st Workshop from the Search Institute on or before June 4th. If we cannot accommodate your request to attend, a Kansas State University Project team member will notify you via email.

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Brand New Opportunity! Join the Conversation…The Pandemic Population

This is a three-series interactive program with participants reading Tim Elmore’s book, The Pandemic Population: Eight Strategies to Help Generation Z Rediscover Hope after Coronavirus and working together to process the book, discuss our reactions and ideas, and reflect in ways we can better support our teens in this season.  Participants register online and select their preferred dates. Books will be provided at no cost to registered participants. The organizing team even has a self-directed option for those who are unable to join the conversations online or for those who miss one of their group sessions. This effort is coordinated by the 4-H CYFAR PDTA project.

The series includes a discussion at the launch of the group, mid-way through reading, and at the conclusion. We will schedule 90-minute blocks for each session with time in the first hour to share trends and content, discuss ideas, and begin planning our programming based on the learning. The final 30 minutes of the session is optional and provides an informal space for participants to visit and share as they would like.  We have heard from many of our partners the desire to connect and we hope the additional time scheduled will provide that option.  We will ask participants to prepare a reflection plan to implement the ideas they have learned and will provide follow-up opportunities to gather feedback from the experience.  Our plan is to provide several groups for the series with some groups launching sooner than others.  This will provide small groups that hopefully can accommodate different schedules.

4-H CYFAR PDTA project would love for you to promote this opportunity to Extension and Military staff and volunteers working with military-connected teens. We would like our first participants to register before March 31st so that we may kick off our first conversations in early April. Mrs. Jordan, the organizer, has included social media graphics to use as well as the basic information below for promotional use with staff.

Please reach to Laura Goss with questions or assistance with registering. I personally registered for this training and hope to see some of you in my group.

UGA Extention Training

UGA Extension and Georgia 4-H offer statewide training opportunities for military staff. The below link is a list of training broken down by the following categories: science, healthy living, staff/best practices, and civic engagement (in the PDF to save space I color-coded the previous groups). If staff plan to participate please email Laura Goss, Laura will register staff with the training coordinator.


Hoke Smith Annex
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
Fax: 706-542-4373