The Arkansas Council For Military Children

Mission

The Arkansas Council for Military Children addresses key educational transition issues and provides general support to children of military families as authorized by state law.

The Council oversees Arkansas’ participation in the Military Interstate Children’s Compact and its membership in the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission (MIC3). Through the Interstate Compact, MIC3 addresses key educational transition issues encountered by children of military families. Developed in 2006, the Military Interstate Children’s Compact was adopted by all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity. The compact eases the educational challenges that military children encounter and supports uniform treatment as they transfer between school districts in member states. (Note: The compact only applies to public schools). The compact covers a range of transitional issues pertaining to enrollment, placement and attendance, participation in extracurricular activities, and graduation. Arkansas has been a member of the compact since 2013.

The following students are covered by the compact:

  1. Children of
  • Active duty members of the uniformed services, including members of the National Guard and Reserve on active duty orders (Title 10)
  • Members or veterans who are medically discharged or retired for one year
  • Members who die on active duty, for a period of one year after the death
  • Uniformed members of the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and United States Public Health Services (USPHS

The following students are Not covered by the compact:

  1. Children of
  • Inactive members of the National Guard and Reserves (Not Title 10)
  • Members now retired not covered above 
  • Veterans not covered above
  • Other Department of Defense personnel, federal agency civilians, and contract employees not defined as an active duty
  • Members other than the uniformed personnel of NOAA and USPHS

Outside of the Compact statute, Arkansas law extends protection to the children of reserve component service members not on inactive status and to the children of dual status military technicians.

The Council meets bi-monthly 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@arkansas.gov, or by calling the compact commissioner at 501-683-5188.

State Council Meeting Dates

The Arkansas Council for Military Children will meet on the following dates during the 2021-2022 academic year.  Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings will begin at 10:00 am. All meetings are open to the public. The agenda for each meeting and information to allow for joining the meeting by teleconference and/or web-based conferencing will be posted approximately one week prior to the meeting.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, meetings will be held in a hybrid format in which persons may attend in person or via web-based conferencing.  Subject to pandemic conditions, the Council reserves the right to hold meetings via web-based conferencing only.


July 1, 2021 – Jacksonville-North Pulaski School District
September 2, 2021 – Ebbing Air National Guard Station (Fort Smith)
September 23, 2021 – Military Family Forum (6:30 PM) – Web-Based Only
November 4, 2021 – Little Rock (in conjunction with the MIC3 Annual Business Meeting, time TBD)
January 6, 2022 – Benton School District
March 3, 2022 – LISA Academy, Springdale
May 5, 2022 – Jacksonville-North Pulaski School District

Arkansas Council Membership

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