Texas has several programs and initiatives accessible to military-connected students and their families located on and off military installations within their community.
Below are links with information regarding services and eligibility.
- School Liaison Officers (SLO’s) are located on military installations and work with families of the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and the Coast Guard.
- School Liaison Officers work to assist families with school transitions, navigating the school system, and accessing educational resources. SLO’s also work with leaders of military installations, school and community partners to provide information and access to opportunities for military-connected students.
Military Liaison Counselors
- Military Liaison Counselors are located off military installations in some school districts in Texas. They support military students and families and work in partnerships with military installations, community agencies, and area schools to provide outreach services to families who transition in and out of their communities.
Military Liaison Counselors in Texas (PDF)
- The Military Child Education Coalition® (MCEC®) is a 501 (c)(3) national non-profit organization ensuring quality educational opportunities for all military-connected children affected by mobility, family separation, and transition.
- The following links are services and programs MCEC® provides to students and their families on school campuses.
Services and Programs
Child and Youth Behavioral Military Family Life Counselors, CYB-MFLC (outside source)
- CYB-MFLC’s offer private and confidential non-medical counseling at no charge to children and family members of active duty, National Guard, Reserve, Department of Defense Civilians, and school staff.
- They are located on military installations and off-site within public school campuses.
- Contact your School Liaison Officer or school campus to determine if there is a CYB-MFLC available.
The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) (outside source)
- EFMP is available to active-duty Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, National Guard, and Reserve service members when a family member has special needs.
- They are located on military installations and offer help with: navigating and educating families about ARD, IEPs, and 504 process, help organize paperwork, prepare families for meetings, address concerns, and help resolve issues.
Below are some organizations that offer
resources, programs, and general information to military families.
Department of Defense (DoD)-Month of the Military Child (outside source)
April is designated as the Month of the Military
Child. Purple is designated to be worn
typically on April 15th to show support children of all branches of
Communities In Schools (CIS) of Texas (outside source)
Provides individual case management services utilizing community
There are 28 total CIS programs across the state that
serve military-connected students in Texas public schools.
Program in Your Neighborhood (AYPN) (outside source)
A collaborative effort between the
United States Army and the Boys & Girls Club of Central Texas. They provide
a positive place for Middle School students to go afterschool. AYPN program teaches your child Character and
Leadership Development, Education & Character Exploration, Health and Life
Skills, The Arts, Sports and Fitness and Recreation.
Click on the link or contact your local
school to determine if this program is available.
Girls Club of America and the U.S. Armed Services (outside
Provides children of military personnel
with youth development programs and activities.
4-H Clubs for
Military Connected Youth (outside source)
A development program
for military-connected children ages 5-18 focused on STEM, Agriculture, Healthy
Living, and Citizenship. To determine if
there is a 4-H Club available in your area click on the link.
Military One Source (outside source)
Department of Defense funded program providing
information on military life at no cost to active duty, Guard, and reserve
service members, and their families.
Family Association(NMFA, outside source)
A nonprofit organization that provides: spouse
scholarships, camps for military kids, and retreats for families reconnected
after deployment and for the wounded, ill, or injured.
U.S. Department of Defense Education
Activity (DoDEA) (outside source)
Provides outreach to local education agencies to support
academic achievement and positive educational opportunities outcomes for
Military Impacted Schools Association (outside source)
A national organization of school superintendents from districts with large
Kids Connect (outside source)
Department of Defense website which helps military-connected children ages 6-17
build resilience and coping skills as they adjust to the challenges of military
Our Military Kids
non-profit organization which supports military-connected children in 5-12th
grade who have a National Guard and Reserve deployed parent as well as children
of wounded warriors from all service branches.
Talk, Listen, Connect- Deployments, Homecomings, Changes (outside source)
Offers a variety of resources and
videos geared towards helping children cope with the anxieties surrounding
military-connected families. Resources
are available in English and Spanish.
Military Service Members, Military Veterans, and Military Spouses
Troops to Teachers
A U.S. Department of Education and Department of Defense program that helps
eligible military personnel begin a new career as teachers in public schools
where their skills, knowledge and experience are most needed.
For more information please contact
Dr. Christine Nemetsky, Project Coordinator: Troop to
Teachers, at 1-800-810-5484.
Veterans Portal (outside
The Texas Veterans Portal is a resource for veterans, their families, and their
survivors. They have compiled helpful information from many government
agencies here so you can find the assistance, services, and benefits you need.
Texas Offers Educator
Certification Fee Waivers
Texas has begun waiving certain educator certification fees for eligible military service members,
military veterans and military spouses.