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Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State is an applied research center created to help professionals identify, implement, evaluate, and improve programs that strengthen military service members, veterans, and their families. The Clearinghouse offers professional development and school resources designed to support military-connected students.



Military Student Well-Being Toolkit provides thirteen interactive, topical documents designed for parents and professionals. The downloadable PDFs give an overview of well-being topics and how they can support military-connected students. At the end of each PDF are strategies and tools that can be used to help parents support their child as well as lessons and activities that can be used as a school counselor or teacher. When you visit the toolkit, each tab includes individual, group, or classroom activities and national resources for the following topics:

  • PTSD, TBI, Invisible and Physical Injury
  • DEI, Social Justice, and LGBTQIA
  • Suicide Prevention and Awareness
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Mindfulness and Overall Well-being



MCEC: Military Child Education Coalition has free TedEd lessons on military-connected students. Explore ways to support students from the start of their school years through graduation. Lessons are designed for educators, parents and others interested in supporting our military-connected students.




Sesame Street for Military Families is a free, bilingual (English and Spanish) website where families can find information and multimedia resources on the topics of military deployments, multiple deployments, homecomings, injuries, grief, and self-expression.


The Thrive Initiative is being developed through a collaboration between the Department of Defense’s Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy (DoD MC&FP) and the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State (Clearinghouse).
The Clearinghouse proposes to promote positive child outcomes among families by doing the following:
- strengthening positive parenting skills and efficacy;
- teaching parents strategies to manage stress in themselves and their children; and
- introducing foundational skills for promoting healthy lifestyles.



The goal of the Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission is to remove barriers to educational success imposed on children of military families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents. The compact seeks to make the transition easier for children of military families so they are afforded the same opportunities for educational success as other children, and not penalized or delayed in achieving their educational goals.



Army Exceptional Family Resources website offers details on supporting military families with special needs.  FAQs can be answered in their helpful brochure.

 for U.S. Military Families, funded by the U.S. Department of Defense and Coast Guard Mutual Assistance, is a program that provides on-demand, online tutoring and homework help at no cost to eligible service members and their dependents. With live, expert tutors available 24/7, military-connected students can receive academic help at their moment of need—anywhere they have an internet connection. 




Joint Base Lewis-McChord MWR Family & Morale, Welfare & Recreation website is your source for current & upcoming events on base. You can also find links for other services, including a newcomer's toolkit.





School Resources to Support Military-Connected Students website offers high-quality, evidence-based resources from many organizations.



Child & Youth Services provides links to school districts in the area, school support services, childcare options and other helpful links on and off base. Helpful information regarding School Support Services is defined here.