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Supporting military families: The Military Child Education Coalition

As part of an upcoming report on military families, Need to Know visited several organizations across the country supporting the families of military service members. The full story will air on Need to Know this Friday, September 9. Check your local listings for more information.

Supporting Children of the National Guard and Reserve Institute is a two-day professional training aimed at mental health counselors, social workers, guidance professionals, school administrators and teachers to help educate about the unique challenges that National Guard and Reserve children and families face.  Paul Callen, a retired Army officer, helped develop the program and was one of the trainers, along with De Murphy, at an institute that Need to Know attended earlier this summer in Bridgewater, Mass.

The National Guard and Reserve Institute is a program of the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC), which was established in 1998 to help military-connected children with the challenges of frequent moves and transitions often experienced throughout childhood. In addition to professional development workshops, MCEC provides transition services for students, parent workshops and counseling resources to help military children and families.