Supporting Children of Ohio's Military Families

Milt_Kid.jpgIn 1986, the Secretary of Defense designated each April as "The Month of the Military Child." Recognizing the contribution that the military child makes as their parents, guardians and families server our nation, it is during April of each year that all branches of services provide special days and events to honor their children.

Military children are an inspiration and a source of pride for our nation. Frequent moves and family separations through deployments, and then the reintegration issues make life especially challenging. Often military children are looked up to for their resilience and ability to deal with life changing events.

Since Sept. 11, 2001, more than 18,000 Ohio National Guard members have been deployed to serve in the global war on terrorism, and altogether more than 60,000 Ohioans are actively serving their nation away from home. Approximately 34,000 students in Ohio are members of military families. Often the impact of educators is magnified in military children's lives. The following resources can help educators effectively serve students of military families.

Military Families Resources

Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission - Ohio is one of 35 states involved in the Interstate Compact for Educational Opportunities for Military Children, which is working to ensure that military children are properly enrolled in schools, have eligibility for school activities and have assistance in meeting graduation requirements. Learn about the compact on this website. For for additional information, contact ODE staff members Pete Lupiba, the council’s state commissioner, at | Working with Ohio’s Military Kids: what educators need to know

Veterans Executive Order Report - A comprehensive look at what state departments, boards, commissions and our institutions of higher education can do to support Ohio’s veterans and service members, and to make our state an ideal home for veterans seeking to launch their civilian careers.

  • The One Year Out of State Educator Teaching License - This Ohio license may be issued to incoming licensed teachers from other states, including service members, veterans, and spouses of service members and veterans.  This license facilitates interstate mobility and employment since it allows someone to teach for a year in Ohio while they are meeting any additional requirements they may need to meet for full licensure in Ohio, such as passing a licensure exam.
  • Military Extensions to Ohio Licenses - Pursuant to Ohio law (ORC 3319.284), a member of the National Guard or a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States who is called to active duty and who, at the time of deployment, holds a valid educator license in Ohio, is entitled to have the license extended for a period of time commensurate with the length of active duty service, provided the educator is honorably released from that active duty service. “Active duty" has the same meaning as in section 5919.34 of the Revised Code.
  • The Ohio Credential Review Board - This board assists individuals who are pursuing alternative routes to Ohio licensure by taking into consideration factors such as successful experience, academic qualifications and professional accomplishments that may serve as a basis for meeting licensure requirements through alternative means. An Individual Licensure Plan leading to license eligibility may be developed, or licensure may be recommended based on candidates’ current qualifications (subject to meeting any associated licensure exam requirements).
House Bill 488 - Revised Code to require state institutions of higher education to award credit for military training, to increase penalties for certain theft, deception, and identity fraud offenses when the victim is an active duty service member, to allow for a civil action for victims of identity fraud, to make other changes regarding state support and benefits for veterans and their spouses, and to clarify membership in the State Teachers Retirement System. | Timeline (HB 98, Veterans EO, HB 488)
Health Care Licensing for Military Members and Spouses - If you or your spouse is a current or retired member of the armed forces of the United States, or a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States, including the Ohio national guard, the following information is provided to help you in obtaining licensure or certification by the Ohio Board of Nursing. | Board of Nursing Military Report
Ohio National Guard’s Family Readiness Program - This program provides information and tools for Ohio families, including educational resources, youth camps and recreational opportunities.
Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) - The Military Child Education Coalition’s work is focused on ensuring quality educational opportunities for all military children affected by mobility, family separation and transition. | Voice for the Military Child: a newsletter for friends of the MCEC
Ohio Inter-service Family Assistance Coalition (ISFAC) - The ISFAC serves as a statewide “safety net” in support of Ohio military families. The ISFAC connects military families with national, state, regional and community resources as well as volunteer support services.
Operation: Military Kids (OMK) in Ohio - OMK reaches out to youth who have a deployed family member to create community support networks through a variety of educational, social and recreational programs.
Army OneSource - Army OneSource, Army Child, Youth and School (CYS) Services works with parents, students and schools to mitigate the challenges resulting from children switching school systems because of family relocation or deployment of a parent.
Touching Base - Touching Base is a quarterly U.S. Department of Education newsletter for the military community.


Last Modified: 10/8/2014 1:27:28 PM