For the Sake of the Child

Conversations about the challenges Military-Connected Children face as they navigate multiple education systems from birth through high school.

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Jul 11th, 2019 by militarychild at 4:20 pm

S2S Student Advisory Council member, Carter, is an Extraordinary Military Kid who talks with Debra Longley, S2S Program Manager, about the importance of showing others what right looks like through service.  Listen in to the podcast to hear more about his inspiring story of perseverance and legacy.

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In our Independence Day Special podcast, Jaren from the MCEC S2S Student Advisory Council interviews Representative John Carter for Texas’s 31st Congressional District. Their conversation draws attention to the Every Student Succeeds Act and his co-sponsorship of H.R. 1896 — 116th Congress: Supporting Children of the National Guard and Reserve Act that recognizes ALL military-connected students PK-12 in our nation’s public schools.

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To learn more about Representative John R. Carter visit:


This podcast has been made possible because of the generous support from the Minot Spouses’ Club.

Jun 28th, 2019 by militarychild at 12:12 am

In today's podcast you will hear some highlights from students at last year's MCEC National Training Seminar.  Each of these students shares their own unique story.  Join us July 23-25 for the 21st National Training Seminar (NTS) where you can meet incredible young leaders.

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Jun 20th, 2019 by militarychild at 7:46 am

Are you PCSing overseas?  In this podcast, Kathleen Facon, Chief of Education Partnership and Resources with the Department of Defense Education Activity, talks about how DoDEA is supporting military-connected students, families, and schools, DoDEA Partnership Grant Program and the Non-DoD School Program.

Do you have additional questions? Visit the Department of Defense Education Activity website at: 

This podcast has been made possible because of the generous support from the Keesler Spouses’ Club.

Jun 13th, 2019 by militarychild at 3:11 pm

In today’s podcast Dr. Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth and Dr. Patricia Lester will share their insights and perspective about leveraging military family strengths based upon their experiences from years of research and collaboration.


FOCUS website:  

FOCUSontheGo! Mobile app info: 

“Sesame Street for Military Families with Rosita” Podcast referenced at the end of the interview that was released in April:

Sesame Street:


Military One Source:

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network:


This podcast has been made possible because of the generous support from the Kirtland Spouses’ Club.


In this podcast, MCEC Science Advisory Board Co-Chairs, Dr. Rich Lerner and Dr. Stephen Cozza explore the concept of "Convoys of Social Support".  You can join us at the MCEC National Training Seminar July 23-25, which will convene key members who provide the convoy of support and equip them with resources, knowledge, and collaboration to continue to support all military children in an educational setting.  The 21st National Training Seminar (NTS) is the foremost professional development opportunity for everyone interested in serving and supporting military-connected children.

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Read our newest MCEC Spring 2019 On the Move publication referenced in the "After Show" 


This podcast has been made possible because of the generous support from the Eielson Officers’ Spouses’ Club .

May 30th, 2019 by militarychild at 8:30 am

Shannon Razsadin and Shelley Kimball from the Military Family Advisory Network (MFAN) discuss what they are seeing surface through the MFAN survey results. They also talk about tools that can help you find and share resources in your local community that you can use to strengthen your physical health, emotional health, and relationships.


This podcast has been made possible because of the generous support from the Nellis Area Spouses’ Club. Look at Our Voice tab to read MFAN survey results.


Want to get involved in your community but don’t know where to start? New to the area and hoping to make new friends? Looking for community-based organizations that serve military and veteran families? MilMapSM can help you find and share valuable resources near you.


MilYou introduces you to information, programs, tools, and resources that you can use to strengthen your physical health, emotional health, and relationships.


Congressional Award

May 23rd, 2019 by militarychild at 8:56 am

Memorial Day might be a solemn day for military families, particularly those who have lost a loved one in the line of duty. In our “Memorial Day Special” podcast, Dr. David Schonfeld talks to educators and parents about helping children experiencing grief. Listen in to gain a better understanding of their unique circumstances during the toughest times.


Show Notes:


Military Line of Duty Deaths


MCEC (Military Child Education Coalition) Programs supporting children, parents, educators and other professionals, helping military children cope with transitions and prepare for excellence and leadership in their educational endeavors.


 TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) Good Grief camps for child and teen survivors, military mentorship program, survivor seminars for adults.

 DoDEA (Department of Defense Educational Activity) A civilian agency of the U.S. Department of Defense that manages K-12 schools for military-connected students in the U.S. and at military bases overseas. It also provides support to more than one million public school students in the U.S. who are part of military families.

 The Coalition to Support Grieving Students A coalition of leading organizations representing education professionals who have come together with a common conviction: grieving students need the support and care of the school community.

 National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement A national center dedicated to helping schools support their students through crisis and loss.





May 16th, 2019 by militarychild at 4:37 pm

In this podcast, Army spouse, daughter, and sister, Jenny Akin, an Applied Research Analyst from Blue Star Families talks about their annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey , amazing and often FREE opportunities available to military families through Blue Star Family Summer Programming and how families can get involved in their local community.  


For the Sake of the Child Listeners let your voice be heard by taking part in the Blue Star Family Survey open now through June 16th by simply clicking on the link:

Folks, I took the survey myself.  This is an opportunity for you to share your concerns to create change.  All I have to say is just do it.

If you want to know more about all that Blue Star Families has in their summer programming become a member and then check out their website at: .You will find Blue Star Museums, Parks, Theaters, and Books.  My family has taken advantage of Blue Star Museums and Books in years past and we look forward to checking out theaters and parks this year.  We all love FREE so either visit our Parent to Parent webinar below or Blue Star Families website to find out more.  


To participate in the recording of our MCEC Parent to Parent Preventing the Summer Slide webinar that I mentioned in the podcast click here:

The Summer Slide webinar will uncover simple ways parents can engage their children in educational and enrichment activities during the summer without them even noticing! 


If you want to be in the KNOW about FREE stuff you will want to take part in our brand new Maximize Your Military Child’s Summer Experience webinar where we share tips on how you can maximize your military child’s summer experience by taking advantage of military-connected discounts and opportunities, engagement activities and unique summer experiences available to military students.  Of course we feature all the cool stuff Blue Star Families has to offer this summer so come check it out!

Register here to view the recording:


This podcast had been made possible because of the generous support from Offutt Officers' Spouses Club.

May 14th, 2019 by militarychild at 3:08 pm

Listen in to Extraordinary Military Kids, Emma and Hannah, who are two sisters who talk about what it's like to be competitive athletes who have moved often.