The Arkansas Council For Military Children


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.


  • 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


The Arkansas Council for Military Children meets bi-monthly in odd-numbered months.  Meetings are open to the public and include an opportunity for members of the public to address the Council.  Meeting dates and locations for the 2022-23 academic year are:

  • July 14, 2022 - Little Rock Air Force Base University Center (Building 115)
  • September 8, 2022 - Fort Smith School District Service Center Auditorium (Building B)
  • November 10, 2022 - Cabot Public Schools Professional Development Center
  • January 12, 2023 - Camp Pike Armed Forces Reserve Complex (North Little Rock), Building 1
  • March 9, 2023 - Pea Ridge School District Administration Building
  • May 11, 2023 - eSTEM Charter Schools Central Office (Little Rock)
All Council meetings during the 2022-23 academic year include a web-based option for persons who wish to attend virtually.   Persons who wish to attend virtually may join the meetings via Zoom at the Arkansas Council for Military Children web-based meeting link

All Council meetings will begin at 10:00 AM Central Standard Time.


All records of the Arkansas Council for Military Children are available to the public.    Click here for a sortable list of Arkansas Council for Military Children Records and Reports.

Meeting Record Packets include the agenda, minutes, and documents discussed during the meeting and are posted once the minutes of the meeting have been approved.  Additionally, the Council reports on its activities, accomplishments, and goals annually to the Governor of Arkansas, the House and Senate Education Committees of the Arkansas General Assembly, and the national office of the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission.  The Council also reports on meetings held and attendance by its members every two years to the Joint Performance Review Committee of the Arkansas General Assembly.  


Families who need assistance 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 Council at, or by calling the Council Chair at 501-683-5188.


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

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