April is the “Month of the Military Child." School divisions are encouraged to take time to recognize the nation’s military servicemen and servicewomen, their families and their children. See Recognize & Celebrate Military Children for ways to celebrate the “Month of the Military Child” in your area.
Across the nation, Tuesday, April 15, 2014, will be the day to “Purple Up! For Military Kids.” People are being encouraged to wear purple on that date to show support for our military kids and to thank them for their strength and sacrifices.
Given that Virginia is home to some of the nation's largest and most important military installations, it is not surprising that the commonwealth's schools educate more military children than almost any other state. In nearly every community in Virginia, there are children with parents or guardians on active duty with the armed forces.
As of December 2012, the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) estimates that there are 75,403 school age, and approximately 233,778 total, military-associated children of active duty members in Virginia. For more information about the demographics of service members and their dependents, please see the 2012 Demographics: Profile of the Military Community (PDF) report published by the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense.
Virginia's public schools are committed to the care and education of the children of the men and women of our armed forces. By partnering with school liaison officers, military leaders, educators, and non-profit organizations, VDOE provides resources about the unique support needed for military service members and their families during all stages of transition and deployment.
TIP: Use the menu to the right to navigate to sub-sections of this topic:
- Virginia Council on the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children
- Guidance Documents & Training Materials
- Virginia Laws Related to the Education of Military Children
- School Liaison Officers Contact Information
- Model Programs & Initiatives
- Military Family Resources