Month of the Military Child

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Month of the Military Child (MOMC)

April is the Month of the Military Child and is a time to show admiration and respect for our nation's youngest heroes–military children! Military children experience on average six to nine school moves throughout their educational years as they accompany their active-duty parent(s) to military installations across the United States and abroad. They also experience frequent separations from their active-duty parent(s) due to recurring military training and/or deployments. Military children are resilient as they frequently adjust to new social norms within schools, communities, and an ever-changing support network. In April, we will celebrate our military children and their ongoing sacrifices by engaging in various activities throughout the entire month and wearing purple on April 19. 

Check out the calendar below to show your support.  


Visit the Military Connected Student Support webpage for a directory of resources.  



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Month of the Military Child
Activity Calendar
April 2023

Provided by PWCS & the
Department of Defense Education Activity (DODEA)
Education Partnership and Resources

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
April 3–10
No School – Spring Break
10 11 12 13 14


Professional Development Day

Marine Corps Museum Virtual Learning Activity

Wear it Wednesday

Wear bright colors to thank our troops for helping America shine bright

Rep Your Branch

Wear your favorite shirt or sweatshirt "repping" your favorite branch of service

R.E.D. Day

"Remember Everyone Deployed" by wearing RED

17 18 19 20 21

Patriotic Day

Wear patriotic colors and attire

Hats Off Day

 "Hats off" to our military–wear your favorite hat or head gear

Purple Up! Day

Wear PURPLE to show your support for military kids

Light Up the KLC!

Camouflage Day

Wear camo like the men and women in the armed forces


Observance of
Eid al-Fitr

24 25 26 27 28

Superhero Day

Wear patriotic colors and attire

Salute Day

Salute your military connected friends and thank them for their service 

Wave Your Banner

Create a wave of flags by wearing a shirt with an American flag on it

Boots on the Ground

Wear your favorite boots to show your support

R.E.D. Day

"Remember Everyone Deployed" by wearing RED


photo of military mother hugging her daughter

Fact Sheet on the Military Child

Did you know that:

Approximately two million military children have experienced a parental deployment since 2001.

There are currently 1.2 million military children of active duty members worldwide.

Nearly 80% of military children attend public schools throughout the United States.

The average military family moves three times more often than their civilian counterpart.

The repeated and extended separations and increased hazards of deployment compound stressors in military children's lives.

One third of school-age military children show psychosocial behaviors such as being anxious, worrying often, crying more frequently.

The U.S. military consists of approximately 1.4 million active duty service members and 810,000 National Guard and Selected Reserve.

Active duty military families live on or near military installations worldwide. National Guard and Reserve families might never live near a military installation, and look within their community for educational services, friendship and support.

A positive school environment, built upon caring relationships among all participants-students, teachers, staff, administrators, parents and community members-has been shown to impact not only academic performance but also positively influence emotions and behaviors of students.

Supporting the military child takes a schoolwide effort, and professional development opportunities to inform school staff of the academic and social-emotional challenges military children face.

~ Retrieved from AASA-The School Superintendents Association ~


Celebrating Military Students & Families

 U.S. Department of Defense

 Department of Defense Education Activity (DODEA)

 Virginia Department of Education (VDOE)


 Military One Source

 Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC)®


American Red Cross Reconnection Workshops

VDOE Purple Up! VA Printable Flyer (PDF)

Bloom: Empowering the Military Teen

Bloom is where you can find comfort and advice about everything military kid related-from moving tips to the top things to do at your duty station. Bloom was co-founded by teens who grew up in military families. This website provides posts from featured authors, often other military kids who want to share their stories and connect with their community; and it also includes:
Videos, quizzes, art, surveys, blogs on military life, moving, people, experiences, and much more.

PWCS Military-Connected Students:
In Their Own Words (YouTube)