Military Families and Providing Care For Them

As we approach Veteran's Day, it is a good time to take a moment and consider how our community can assist, say thank you or just be aware of how different the lifestyles are of these families.  These differences don't just impact the moms and dads - they, of course, impact the child too.  I believe, at times, we forget how diverse the standard daily operation is for a military family.  It would behoove us all to keep the things these children are experiencing and have ways to consider their feelings and behavior in the context of their lives at home.  Here are some resources that can help us do that!  For parents and child care providers - resources to help us all remember that children are feeling the brunt of their parents choice to protect and serve us. 

Resources include ways for parents to seek providers who service military families, webinars, reading materials and more to help us understand and provide tools so we can best care for children in these unique situations.  There are a couple of links to some Facebook pages to get continuous materials and resources.  Sesame Street Toolkit and Military Family Learning Network have a lot to look at and learn from.  The Zero to Three, has materials specifically for veteran families as well.

We should shake the child's hand and say thank you too.


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Samantha Marshall, M.A.

Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on ChildCareInfo.com is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building ChildCareInfo.com.