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Interested in Professional Development That Invests in the Future?

09.24.2015, by Susan Conolly

Resilience. Growth. Hardiness. Thrive. Grit.

These words all suggest strength and forward motion. Not just existing but achieving success in spite of the challenges faced. Military-connected children face unique challenges and the MCEC wants to teach them how to be champions.

The MCEC has developed strategies to lift up military children and give them wings to soar. But how does the MCEC, an organization with an abundance of knowledge, impact their focus, the kids?

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How Can SchoolQuest Assist With Your Transition?

09.18.2015, by Susan Conolly

Transition is defined by the act of change. Change of location, change of routine, change of school, in short, any kind of change qualifies as transition. Some changes are huge and others seem more manageable.

However, for the individual undergoing the transition, it does not happen without notice.

Change is a constant denominator in military life. Obviously, PCSing is common and is the first thing that comes to mind. There are many more changes, however, that appear much more subtle, but are no less impactful.

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What Happens When You Bring Together Caring Parents?

09.11.2015, by Susan Conolly

Published by: Amy Soupene

Military life has its challenges, that’s for sure. Deployments, reunions, and relocations are common occurrences for a military family. As adults we figure out how to navigate these challenging times.

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New School, New Friends, Same Challenges

09.04.2015, by Susan Conolly

For many military-connected students this isn’t just the start of another school year. It is the start of yet another new school.

Back to School. That phrase is everywhere this time of year and it’s loaded with meanings. Back to School can mean:

Time to stock up on school supplies
Savings on all things school related
The return of busy schedules and homework
But for countless military-connected students it means yet another new school, new rules, new friends, new everything. Military kids move an average of three times more often than their civilian peers. That can mean 6-9 different schools between kindergarten and graduation. Those numbers are the norm, not the exception.

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Military Kids Head Back to School

09.01.2015, by Susan Conolly

By Lynda MacFarland
Author and Advocate for Army families and proud Army wife and mom…

I’ve been seeing photos on my friends’ Facebook pages of the “First Day of School” variety for a few weeks now. I have a clear, though somewhat distant, memory of that time of the year with my own kids. My daughter is married with two kids and a husband who is a Captain in the U.S. Army; my son is a 1st Lieutenant in the same Army. So, it’s been few years since I had to deal with the challenges of a Permanent Change of Station (PCS, in Army lingo) and all that entails when school- aged children are involved.

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