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Military Children

Information for parents, counselors, educators and administrators about military children in our classrooms.

Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

In October 2009, Assembly Bill 343 (Saladana) was signed into law as Chapter 237, Statues of 2009. This legislation, codified as California Education Code (EC) sections 49700-49704 External link opens in new window or tab. , joined the State of California as member of the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children (ICEOMC). The purpose of the ICEOMC is to remove barriers to educational success imposed on children of military families due to the frequent moves and deployment of their parents. The compact addresses key educational transition issues encountered by military families, including enrollment, placement, attendance, eligibility, and graduation.

Resources

California Resources

California EC sections 49700-49704 External link opens in new window or tab.
Provisions of the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children.

Building Capacity in Military-Connected Schools External link opens in new window or tab.
The Building Capacity project identifies and provides support for military-connected students by creating appropriate evidence-based programs and by assisting the districts with implementation.

Legislative Reports

Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children Final Report to the Legislature 2014
This report was originally required by Assembly Bill 343 (Saladana), Chapter 237, Statures of 2009; however; the reporting requirement was extended by AB 2202 (Block), Chapter 22, Statutes of 2012, which amended EC Section 49704.

Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children Report to the Legislature 2009
The report was developed by the California Task Force as required by Chapter 589, Statutes of 2008 (AB 2049 [Saladana]).

Outside Resources

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission (MIC3) External link opens in new window or tab.

Department of Defense School Liaison Officers External link opens in new window or tab.

Educator's Guide to the Military Child During Deployment External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)

School Connectedness - Improving Students' Lives External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF; 4MB)
Research paper written by Dr. Robert Blum MD, MPH, PhD.

The “So Far” Guide for Helping Children and Youth Cope with the Deployment of a Parent in the Military Reserves External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)

How to Prepare Our Children and Stay Involved in Their Education During Deployment External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
MCEC's booklet created to help educators and parents.

Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) External link opens in new window or tab.
MCEC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, world-wide organization that identifies the challenges that face the highly mobile military child, increases awareness of these challenges in military and educational communities, and initiates and implements programs to meet the challenges. MCEC's goal is to level the educational playing field for military children wherever they are located around the world and to serve as a model for all highly mobile children.

Military Impacted Schools Association External link opens in new window or tab.
The Military Impacted Schools Association (MISA) is a national organization of school superintendents. Their mission: to serve school districts with a high concentration of military children.

United States Department of Veterans Affairs External link opens in new window or tab.
Veterans Affairs administers a variety of benefits and services, including education and training that provide financial and other forms of assistance to Service members, Veterans, their dependents, and survivors.

College Fee Waiver External link opens in new window or tab.
Waives mandatory system-wide tuition and fees at any State of California Community College, California State University, or University of California campus for veteran dependents.

National Guard Youth Programs

California National Guard Operation Ready Families Program External link opens in new window or tab.
The California National Guard works closely with the surrounding community to ensure that local organizations have the information they need to help Guard members and their families.

National Guard Family Program Online Community External link opens in new window or tab.
This program welcomes our community outreach partners. Partnerships help support Guard members and their families.

Operation: Military Kids (OMK) External link opens in new window or tab.
The U.S. Army's collaborative effort with the 4-H and America's communities to support the children and youth of National Guard and Army Reserve Soldiers impacted by the Global War on Terrorism. The goal of Operation: Military Kids is to support geographically dispersed children and youth of National Guard and Army Reserve Soldiers.

Contacts

  • State Superintendent of Public Instruction Military Interstate Compact Designee
    Jacie Ragland, Education Programs Consultant
    916-323-2568
    jragland@cde.ca.gov

  • California State Commissioner
    Kate Wren Gavlak, Superintendent
    Travis Unified School District
    707-437-4604 (extension 1210)
    kwrengavlak@travisusd.org
Questions: Jacie Ragland | jragland@cde.ca.gov | 916-323-2568 
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, October 5, 2016
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