Military Parent & Student Resources
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 Officer (outside source)
- 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.
- School Liaison Officer contact information on Texas military installations. (PDF Contact Info)
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.
- 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.
Military Child Education Coalition (outside source)
Services and Programs
Students are eligible for enrollment in Pre-K if they are dependents of:
- active duty uniformed members (parents or official guardians) of the US Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, or Coast Guard who have eligible children residing in Texas
- activated or mobilized uniformed members of the Texas National Guard (army or air guard), or activated or mobilized members of the reserve components of the US Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, or Coast Guard who have eligible children residing in Texas
- uniformed service members who are missing in action (MIA)
More information: Early Childhood Education FAQs | Texas Education Agency, TEC §29.153(b)
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 the military.
Communities In Schools (CIS) of Texas (outside source)
Provides individual case management services utilizing community engagement.
There are 28 total CIS programs across the state that serve military-connected students in Texas public schools.
Army Youth 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.
Boys & Girls Club of America and the U.S. Armed Services (outside source)
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.
National Military 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 children.
Military Impacted Schools Association (outside source)
A national organization of school superintendents from districts with large military populations.
Military Kids Connect (outside source)
A 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 life.
Our Military Kids (outside source)
A 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.
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 (outside source)
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.
Texas Veterans Portal (outside source)
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.