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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In this podcast we will chat with Danny Perkins, PH.D. from the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State University.  He will share how the Clearinghouse works to help professionals identify, implement, evaluate and improve programs that strengthen military service members and their families. Join us to learn more about this amazing applied research center.


You can call The Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State University at: 1.877.382.9185

Or Email at:


Jan 23rd, 2020 by militarychild at 8:36 pm

As we start the new year listen in to co-founder of The Family Dinner Project and return guest Dr. Anne Fishel as she shares tips and stories from the new book she’s coauthored Eat Laugh Talk that includes 52 weeks of recipes, games and strategies for families during mealtime. 

Do you want to dive deeper into family mealtime?  Check out the recorded MCEC Parent to Parent Webinar The Magic of the Family Meal and download the FREE resource with strategies that you can implement today. Register here and join in today:


To Learn More About The Family Dinner Project Check out their website:

To view excerpts from the book Eat, Laugh, Talk! The Family Dinner Playbook mentioned in the  podcast click here:

Jan 16th, 2020 by militarychild at 2:28 pm

Extraordinary kid Tatiana talks with MCEC Student Programs Manager Debra Longley about what it's like growing up overseas.  She shares great advice to other military kids who move often about joining clubs or sports, staying organized--especially during a mid-year move and shares about some anxieties about moving back to America after many years abroad.  

To learn more about the Student 2 Student program mentioned in this podcast check out our website:

"If I  could do it all over again, I would definitely be a military kid........  It's like a roller coaster." High School Senior--Tatiana

Jan 9th, 2020 by militarychild at 9:04 pm

Join Military Kids Connect (MKC) Program Lead Dr. Kelly Blasko as she shares how military kids, ages 6-17, can connect with other military kids on MKC to find friends who understand the military lifestyle. MKC offers military kids the opportunity to engage in informative activities, watch videos and connect with an online community that can build resilience, reinforce understanding and teach them coping skills.

Check out Military Kids Connect here:

To learn more about our National Training Seminar in Washington D.C. that Katja and Dr. Blasko mentioned in the podcast check out our website at


Jan 2nd, 2020 by militarychild at 10:24 am

Join us as we chat with Major "Chevy" Cook about the importance of investing in your community and the program he co-founded, Military Mentors.

Chevy co-founded Military Mentors and is a U.S. Army officer currently living in Boston, MA as he pursues doctoral studies at Tufts University. A long serving member of the special operations community, he started his career in the 82nd Airborne Division and has served the majority of his career at Fort Bragg, NC. He also served as both a Tactical Officer and a Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership instructor at the United States Military Academy (USMA). He graduated from there with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, the University of Texas El-Paso with a masters in Leadership Development, and Columbia University with a masters in Organizational Psychology. He is also a member of the American Psychological Association, the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, TeamRWB, and the Council on Foreign Relations. Chevy's work has been published in the Small Wars Journal, White House Studies, Military Review, Joint Forces Quarterly, the Infantry Journal, J.E.T. Fuel, AUSA's Land Warfare Institute, The Strategy Bridge and the IO Sphere, and has an upcoming book release from Texas A&M Press. Chevy married his high school sweetheart, Ashley, who's a personal trainer and they have two wonderful daughters named London and Lola.

To hear Extraordinary Kid London’s podcast with her dad that Susan talked about in the podcast click here:



To  learn more about Military Mentors check out their website:

Dec 27th, 2019 by militarychild at 12:55 pm

MCEC student programs Tracy Brown talks with JS2S Ava about her recent trip to D.C. escorting a veteran with the Honor Flight Network and the impact of our MCEC student programs and trainings for both herself and her community.   


Learn more about MCEC Student Programs: ES2S, JS2S and S2S at

The Honor Flight Network that Ava talked about in the podcast is a non-profit organization that provides veterans with honor and closure by transporting America’s Veterans to Washington, DC to visit those memorials dedicated to honor the service and sacrifices of themselves and their friends.

MCEC National Training Seminar (NTS) applications are open now for student programs only by clicking here or by emailing Destiny Little at


This podcast was sponsored by HEB

Dec 19th, 2019 by militarychild at 9:30 am

Kaci McCarley and Michelle Norman are back with us to give an update about the progress that has been made in their advocacy work since the summit for military children with exceptional needs.  In this podcast you will hear about the MILSPED 2020 survey and Facebook page  , The Promise Act and the NEW MCEC survey coming out in 2020 and November 2019 On The Move publication

Families, your voices are finally being heard and action is being taken! EVERYONE can help, listen in to find out how!

"We have brave families pouring their souls into this survey."

To take the Military Special Education Survey or watch the video of the summit referenced in the podcast click here:

This podcast was sponsored by the Wounded Warrior Project

Dec 13th, 2019 by militarychild at 3:38 pm

 Rene’ Carbone Bardorf has a long history of working on behalf of those who have served our nation. The military lifestyle comes with both rewards and challenges especially when trying to have a career. Rene’ has taken her connection to the military and improved our military community through being a convener.



This podcast was sponsored by HEB.

Dec 5th, 2019 by militarychild at 3:00 pm

Hiring Our Heroes Military Spouse Professional Network helps make employment connections between military spouses, employers, and community partners.

Parent to Parent Webinar mentioned in this podcast "Finding Your Fit"

Register to view the free recording at:


Hiring Our Heroes website:

This podcast was sponsored by HEB.



Nov 27th, 2019 by militarychild at 8:04 am

High School senior Hudson talks about what it’s like to be in his third high school, multiple deployments and the importance of friendship in each new duty station. 

This podcast was sponsored by HEB.