Participants receive the following resources during training:

  • We Serve, Too: National Guard and Reserve Children Participant Workbook (MCEC Publication)
  • Community Support for National Guard and Reserve Families (MCEC Publication)
  • When the Warrior Returns: Making the Transition at Home by Nathan D. Ainspan and Walter E. Penk
  • Preparing Children for Deployment (MCEC Publication)
  • Kids Serve Too Wrist Band
  • While You Are Away GLU Kit - Developed to support children during deployment and honor their service when a family member is deployed.  This kit contains activities that help early school-aged children better understand and manage the deployment of a loved one.
    • While You Are Away by Eileen Spinelli
    • In My Heart by Molly Bang
    • How Many Stars in the Sky? by Lenny Hort
    • Growing, Learning, Understanding (MCEC Publication)

Resources subject to change

About this course:

Course Format:

This is a one-day course designed to enhance the current capabilities, competency and awareness of professionals who serve and support military-connected children and youth.  Live training is conducted by two MCEC trainers experienced in youth development, education, counseling, social work and other related fields.  The training curriculum is anchored in research and includes application components to maximize the utility of concepts learned.

Course length:

This course includes 6 clock hours of instruction and group work time, exclusive of breaks and lunch.

Course Agenda:

Understanding the National Guard and Reserves
Understanding Deployment: Gone is Gone
Identifying the Social, Emotional and Academic Issues
Identifying National Guard & Reserve Students in Schools and Programs
Building a Support Network
Making a Commitment

Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify the social, emotional and academic impact of their parents’ service on the children of the National Guard and Reserves.
  • Acknowledge the critical role of educators and other caring professionals in providing support for the unique challenges of National Guard and Reserve children and youth.
  • Discover resources that can be used by schools and youth-serving organizations & agencies to help alleviate the social, emotional and academic challenges of National Guard & Reserve children and youth.
Credit Options:

Participants who complete this course are eligible for 6 clock hours of Continuing Education Credits (CEUs).


This training is best suited for any professional that serves and supports military-connected children and youth.  Teachers, administrators, social workers, counselors, child-care workers and community leaders often attend our training events.

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