Keeping Your Back to School Cool

July 12, 2022

One of the defining features of military life is that families move every 2-3 years on average. And even though families may become experts at navigating the military moving process, there are no quick tricks to settling into a new location. For military families with children, one of their primary concerns when moving to a new duty station is figuring out the logistics of registering their children at a new school. But when trying to do so from states, or even oceans away, and with school policies varying from state to state, back to school takes on a whole new (and often stressful) meaning. 


The good news is that resources are available to help you navigate these challenges, whether it’s finding a school with a great arts program, helping your high school upperclassman stay on track for graduation, or protections specifically for your special needs student.


We are proud to partner with our friends at Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) and Exceptional Families of the Military (EFM) to help military-connected families keep their cool and successfully navigate the transition to a new environment this back to school season. 



Delia Johnson – Director of Programs, MFAN



Andrea Janoe – Director of Implementation, Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) 

Austin Carrigg – Chief Executive Officer, Exceptional Families of the Military 



Access the Webinar on Demand



Learning Outcomes

  • Identify common social and educational transition issues military children face and ways to mitigate those challenges.
  • Discover more about Advanced Enrollment and the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission to help military-connected children transition from one school to another due to a PCS move. 
  • Learn about laws and resources that ensure students with special needs receive the support they need to meet their educational goals and how to help facilitate that process.


Additional resources 

  • Digitally organize your children’s important educational paperwork, access checklists, and other resources with SchoolQuest™ 
  • Find additional information and local contacts to help answer questions about MIC3 and Advanced Enrollment guidelines at your next duty station. 
  • Visit Military OneSource to access tools and information about EFMP, School Liaisons, and other programs designed to help support military families. 
  • Stop the summer slide and help keep your military-connected child on track with free online tutoring support from tutor.com. 


About the Author

Erin Kahn

Senior Manager of Programs
Erin Kahn is an active duty Marine Corps spouse with a background in non-profit program and product management.
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