Month of the Military Child

April is the Month of the Military Child!

April is designated as the Month of the Military Child; a time to honor the sacrifices made by military families worldwide, with an emphasis on the experience of the dependent children of military members serving at home and overseas. Month of the Military Child is sponsored by the Department of Defense Military Community and Family Policy and supported by many other organizations, including the ADE Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission.

Celebrating Month of the Military Child

More than 14,000 Arkansans serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. Many serve on active duty while others serve in the reserve forces and in the National Guard. More than 5,200 military children are enrolled in Arkansas public schools. Children of military families face unique academic and social challenges. The sacrifices they make because of their parents’ military service deserves special recognition.

The U.S. Department of Defense recognizes April each year as Month of the Military Child. There are many activities that school districts can do to raise awareness of military children and to honor them and their families. Please see this list of 21 Month of the Military Child activities to celebrate. Schools that wish to conduct online activities because of pandemic conditions may find these suggestions for Month of the Military Child Online helpful.

District school boards may also wish to adopt a resolution observing Month of the Military Child. Please go to this link for a sample district school board resolution.

School districts also are encouraged to celebrate Purple Up! for Military Kids Day on April 16. Faculty, staff, and students may wear purple clothing to show their support for children of military families.

Pictures and videos may be posted on social media. Please tag the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission at @MIC3Compact (Twitter) or @MIC3.Compact (Facebook) and the Arkansas State MIC3 Council at @MIC3Arkansas (Twitter) and @MIC3Arkansas (Facebook).

For more information, please contact:

John Kaminar, Military and Veterans Liaison
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 104-A
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-683-5188