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Building Capacity and Welcoming Practices In Military-Connected Schools


One of the most exciting aspects of Building Capacity has been the process of identifying and scaling up model or promising programs to bring effective practices to more of the schools and students that need them. These efforts include making connections with providers that were already serving military families and either adapting them to involve schools or expanding them to reach more children and families in our eight districts.

We have also worked with partners to take existing programs that did not have a military focus and expand them to address the academic needs of military students. Most of the programs we have worked with operate locally, but some are also national and international programs that could benefit our schools in the consortium as well as military-connected schools across the country.

The local programs we have worked to expand include:

  • Project FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress), one of the only evidence-based programs designed to build resiliency skills in military families.
  • The Family Readiness Express (FRE), a one-of-a-kind RV, operated by the U.S. Navy’s Fleet and Family Support Division.
  • “Transition” rooms located within schools to welcome and support new military families.
  • Partners at Learning (PAL) at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), an undergraduate service-learning program in which students earn course credit and training while providing tutoring and mentoring services.