Children & Deployment Resources 

9/8/2011 12:00 AM 

Children, Youth, and Families Education and Research Network
CYFER provides child development and educational resources for children of all ages. Their website also includes guides to help parents talk to children about war and terrorism, and information on supporting military children facing separation from a parent because of deployment.

The Child and Family Program (CFP): Courage to talk Courage to Care
In addition to research, CFP provides education and consultation to the military healthcare system and its leadership, national media outlets, professional organizations, and projects dedicated to helping families and children affected by traumatic events, especially the military child.

Deployment Kids
This website provides games and activities for children with a parent deployed.

Military Youth on the Move
Moving can be really exciting, but it can also be pretty hard.  Do you worry about losing your old friends or making new ones?  Do you dread starting in a new school?  If so, then you're not alone.  This site was designed with you in mind, to cover topics such as these, specifically for military youth, like dealing with deployment and moving to a new location, and everyday youth topics as well.

National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA)
In partnership with the Department of Defense, NACCRRA offers military parents help in locating non-DoD child-care and administers a fee subsidy program for activated Guard and Reserve families.
communications and activities site that connects families around the world who are separated by deployment.

National Fatherhood Initiative
National Fatherhood Initiative’s mission is to improve the well being of children by increasing the proportion of children growing up with involved, responsible, and committed fathers.

Operation Military Kids (OMK)
OMK is a partnership between the US Army and local communities to provide support to the children of National Guard and Reserve personnel.

Operation Outdoors (Armed Services YMCA)
Through ASYMCA’s Operation Outdoors, military children attend camps across the United States. These camps are especially important for military children because they allow them to make friends and connect with other military kids who also are affected by the stress of war.

Operation Purple Camps
A program of the National Military Family Association, Operation Purple has provided free summer camp experiences for military children with a currently or recently deployed parent. Now in its tenth season, Operation Purple also offers reintegration-focused retreats for families with recently returned injured or wounded service members. 

United Through Reading
United Through Reading is a non-profit organization founded to encourage parents and children to read together. It's military program is especially designed to help parents stay connected with children during deployment.