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NC SUPPORTS MILITARY CHILDREN

Since September 11, 2001, North Carolina has experienced the largest deployment of military personnel since World War II. With more than 120,000 military families living in our state, including the National Guard and Reserve, there are thousands of children who are struggling with the separation from one or both parents during this difficult time.

Just as spouses take on additional responsibilities at home when their husband or wife is deployed, teachers can provide stability and a normal routine for children who are dealing with the stress and other problems caused by deployment.

To help our educators identify and assist these students, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction and the N.C. National Guard Family Readiness Program has developed this web site, www.ncpublicschools.org/militarysupport. The site provides a variety of resources to help public schools be supportive to military families. Links on the site explain what deployment is and how it affects families, describe stress indicators so teachers can identify students having problems, and direct the user to numerous resources such as the N.C. National Guard Family Programs Resource Guide, North Carolina Supporting Military Children (pdf, 961kb).

North Carolina has six major military installations and the fourth largest number of military personnel in the nation, including more than 30,000 National Guard and Reserve members who live throughout the state. That means educators and administrators in all school districts, not just near military bases, must work together to help students adjust and focus on learning during the deployment of a parent.

North Carolina takes it commitment to military families seriously, and has joined 10 other states in the Interstate Compact on Education Opportunities for Military Families. The compact, developed by the Council of State Governments, education experts and the Department of Defense, addresses common problems that affect military student as a result of frequent moves and deployments. States that sign on to the compact agree to work collectively with other compact states to create uniform standards of practice, including the transfer of records, course placement, graduation requirements, redundant or missed testing, entrance-age variations and other transition issues.

Education for military children is a critical quality of life measure for service members and their families. In fact, it directly impacts military recruitment, satisfaction with assignments, retention and ultimately, readiness. Please share this site with others involved in the education of military students in North Carolina.

 

NC NATIONAL GUARD DEPLOYMENTS BY COUNTY 2001-2006

This map shows the number of National Guard families in each county who have been affected by deployments since 2001.

National Guard Map