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Joining Forces to Educate Military Children

The National PTA and the Military Child Education Coalition are teaming up to help parents and teachers make sure military children have the best opportunities to succeed academically.

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April has been the Month of the Military Child. As the First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden have launched their Joining Forces initiative to get Americans involved in helping military families, much of their focus has been on ways to help military children.

The National PTA and the Military Child Education Coalition announced they would be joining forces to help improve educational opportunities for children of military servicemembers.

“For decades our military-based PTAs around the world have worked hard to increase family engagement and student achievement. This partnership helps us take it a step further by educating all of our PTAs and civilian parents on military family life so that we all are more aware and responsive to the unique needs of military children and families,” said Charles J. “Chuck” Saylors, National PTA President.

Both organizations are working to provide toolkits and information on how parents and teachers can help military children cope with the unique challenges they face, especially the frequent moves and school changes that are a part of military life. In addition, they are working to increase the number of schools around the country who participate in their parent and student engagement programs.

“We have enormous respect for the mission of the PTA and this robust partnership presents a powerful opportunity to support America’s military-connected children,” said Mary M. Keller, Ed.D., President and CEO of MCEC. “Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden have done so much to mobilize support for the children of our men and women in uniform- these children also serve."

To learn more about partnerships that are helping military families, visit