The Arkansas Council For Military Children

MISSION

The Arkansas Council for Military Children collaborates with government agencies and school districts to eliminate educational barriers faced by children of military families as authorized by state law.

ACTIVITIES AND DUTIES OF THE ARKANSAS COUNCIL FOR MILITARY CHILDREN

  • Implement the Military Interstate Children’s Compact within Arkansas
  • Educate state and local education agencies and military families regarding the legal rights of children of military families
  • Assist with training District Military Education Coordinators
  • Assist in informing military families about the need to self-identify to school districts
  • Develop and administer recognition programs, including:
         The Arkansas Purple Star School program
         The Outstanding District Military Education Coordinator award program
         The Military Family Service Award
  • Conduct a Military Family Forum at least annually to receive feedback from Arkansas uniformed services families regarding the effectiveness of state statutes
  • Develop recommendations for legislative initiatives and Department of Education Rules to eliminate educational barriers faced by children of military families

STATE COUNCIL MEETING DATES

The Arkansas Council for Military Children meets bi-monthly in odd-numbered months.  Meetings are open to the public and include time for public comments.  Meeting dates for the 2021-22 academic year are:

  • July 1, 2021
  • September 2, 2021
  • September 23, 2021
  • November 18, 2021 
  • January 6, 2022
  • March 3, 2022 
  • May 5, 2022 

All meetings during the 2021-22 academic year will be held via web-based conferencing.

REQUESTING ASSISTANCE

Families who need assistance under the compact do not have to come to a meeting or wait until the next meeting is held.  Assistance can be requested at any time by filling out this Request for Assistance Form online, by e-mailing the compact commissioner at john.kaminar@ade.arkansas.gov, or by calling the compact commissioner at 501-683-5188.

COUNCIL MEMBERSHIP

Biographies and contact information for members of the Council are available at this link:   Membership of the Arkansas Council for Military Children

For more information, please contact:

John Kaminar, Council Chair
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 104-A
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-683-5188
Email: John.Kaminar@ade.arkansas.gov