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Supporting Veterans’ Children through Transitions

One-day course for youth-serving educators, professionals and parents. Learn more about unique transition issues children face when their parents separate from the military.

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Frances Hesselbein Student Leadership Program

The Frances Hesselbein Student Leadership Program was established by the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) in 2006 to identify exemplary young people through their participation in the MCEC Student 2 Student (S2S) program.

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Pete Taylor Partnership of Excellence Awards

This MCEC annual award encourages and applauds the outstanding partnerships that exist between military installations and school districts.

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Parent to Parent

The MCEC Parent to Parent program empowers parents to be their child’s strongest advocate on educational and social issues through MCEC Parent Workshops. More than 210,000 parents have attended these workshops since the program’s beginning in 2006.

In the MCEC Parent Workshops, parent educators share practical ideas, proven techniques, and solid resources to support military-connected families.

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Student 2 Student and Junior Student 2 Student and Elementary Student 2 Student

The MCEC Student 2 Student (S2S) program trains civilian and military-connected high school students to establish and sustain peer-based programs in their schools to support mobile children as they transition to and from the school.

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MCEC Military Student Transition Consultants (MSTC)

Moving and adjusting to a new school can be challenging for military students. Military Student Transition Consultants (MSTC) are here to address your questions and concerns. Your MSTC plays a pivotal role in establishing collaboration among school systems, education agencies, public and private youth services, community groups, and installation resources.
Contact your MSTC before, during and after your move to ensure a smooth transition.

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The Call for the Arts

Visual arts & writing allow us a glimpse into the world of military children – as seen through their eyes. The Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) believes that artistic expression is a pure, sincere and candid method children use to communicate pride in their parents, celebrate their military-connected lives, acknowledge their grief or worry, and so much more.

Since the MCEC began the “Call for the Arts” in 2002, thousands of military children – from all over the world, from every service, of all ages – have mailed us their drawings, their poems, and their interpretations of what it means to be a military child. The MCEC takes advantage of every opportunity to display the artistic skill of these unique, resilient children.

Submissions must include the Official Submission Form and be postmarked by the last Friday in January, every year.

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Tell Me A Story (TMAS)

The MCEC Tell Me A Story (TMAS) program empowers military-connected children by using literature and children’s own stories in a way that fosters skills for resilience, strong peer and parent connections, a sense of pride and accomplishment, and a caring community. The MCEC believes that stories have the capacity to open family discussions on potentially difficult topics, such as family separation, deployment, moving, grief, and crisis.

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