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Military Family Resources

Organizations Devoted to the Military Family

Military Youth on the Move: A website to help kids learn about new duty station.

Plan My Move: Installation specific information to help families PCS.

Home Front San Diego Operation Homefront is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families so they can thrive — not simply struggle to get by — in the communities they have worked so hard to protect.

The Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC): MCEC's work is focused on ensuring quality educational opportunities for all military children affected by mobility, family separation, and transition. MCEC School Quest is a school finder.

National Military Family Association: Founded 43 years ago, the National Military Family Association is the leading non-profit organization focusing on issues important to military families.

Fleet & Family Support Programs: Information on installations in Navy Region Southwest and the many services provided for military families.

Military Impacted Schools Association (MISA): A national organization of school superintendents. Our mission is to serve school districts with a high concentration of military children.

Interstate Compact for Military Children:  The Compact has been signed by the state of California and addresses the key issues of Eligibility, Enrollment, Placement and Graduation encountered by military families. Roll out has taken place in some districts in Metro San Diego and is pending in others. Contact your School Liaison for more information.

Special Needs Resources

Your child should be enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) if he or she has special needs.

*This is a mandatory program for any family member who has special medical, educational, developmental, and/or emotional need or concern. For questions and enrollment information, please call the EFMP Lead at: 619-532-3195  or visit

DirectSTEP® eCourses explain legal requirements and best practices for behavior management, autism, IDEA eligibility, IEPs and more. They also teach parents and educators how to handle critical education issues to obtain positive outcomes while applying education laws to the day-to-day world of teaching and learning. These eCourses are available for use by all Sailors, parents, Military/DoD personnel assigned to Navy installations and K-12 educators serving military children.
Go to and self-register for eCourses.

Navy EFMP: Exceptional Family Member Program. For questions and enrollment information, please call the EFMP Lead at: 619-532-3195 or visit

Team of Advocates for Special Kids (TASK): A nonprofit charitable organization whose mission is to enable individuals with disabilities to reach their maximum potential by providing them, their families and the professionals who serve them with training, support, information, resources and referrals, and by providing community awareness programs.

PACER: With over 30 different projects, the Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights provides individual assistance, workshops, publications, and other resources to help families make decisions about education and other services for their child or young adult with disabilities.

LD On-line: The world's leading website on learning disabilities and ADHD, serving more than 200,000 parents, teachers, and other professionals each month.

NICHCY: National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities serves the nation as a central source of information on disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth.

Military Homefront Special Needs/EFMP: This site includes all enrollment information, toolbox of resources, and worldwide directory.

Military One Source: ROC: The EFMP ROC is a ready, one-source access point to the Resources, Options and Consultations available to military families with special needs through Military OneSource.

San Diego Regional Center: The San Diego Regional Center provides a variety of services to persons with developmental disabilities and their families that are based on individual needs and supports their independence: 

Additional Resources for U.S. Military Families, funded by the U.S. Department of Defense and Coast Guard Mutual Assistance, is a free program that allows eligible college and grades K-12 students in U.S. military families to connect to a live tutor online at any time for one-to-one help with homework, studying, test prep, proofreading and more. The service is available at no charge to all grades K-12 students and service members-regardless of whether the service member is serving full-time or part-time-plus some adult dependents on active duty.

National Parent Teacher Association: An organization dedicated to making a difference in the education, health, and safety of America’s children and youth.

The Education Trust: Promotes high academic achievement for all students at all levels—pre-kindergarten through college.

Guide to Online Schools: From K-12 to college, explore online learning modes, hear from experts, and read how Khan Academy and other free resources help students get ahead. Provides overview of joining the military- resources for parents and educators.