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Coming Together Around Military Families: An online newsletter
from Military Family Projects at ZERO TO THREE

> Check It Out > Spotlight  
> News You Can Use >Grab and Go Resources
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Spotlight on: The Joining Forces Initiative

Coming Together Around Military Families staff recently had an opportunity to talk with Kirsten White, Policy Director for Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Biden, who shared information about the Joining Forces initiative. This project was designed and conceived to mobilize all sectors of American society to give Service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned. Learn more by reading the article or by visiting the official Web site for Joining Forces by clicking here.

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Check It Out: Finding Common Ground Toolkit

The National Military Family Association has developed Finding Common Ground—a new online community toolkit designed to help make it easy for members of the community to support military families. Read more about this exciting new resource.

To access the Finding Common Ground toolkit, click here.

To visit the National Military Family Association Web site,

To read a White House blog posting which highlights the Finding Common Ground toolkit, click here.

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News You Can Use: Research on the Impact of Deployment on Military Families

A new research article examines the experiences of home caregivers during deployments for the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, with a focus on the impact of deployment on the caregiver’s well-being. This mixed-method study included both 50 qualitative interviews and 1,337 survey interviews with home caregivers who experienced at least one deployment. Results of the study showed that caregivers affiliated with the National Guard and those with more months of deployment reported significantly poorer emotional well-being and more household and relationship hassles. To learn more about this study, access the article at major libraries or through online sources via the reference notation below.

Reference: Lara-Cinisomo, S., Chandra, A., Burns, R. M., Jaycox, L. H., Tanielian, T., Ruder, T., & Han, B. (2011). A mixed-method approach to understanding the experiences of non-deployed military caregivers. Maternal and Child Health Journal. Online publication. DOI 10.1007/s10995-011-0772-2

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Grab & Go Resources: Activity Guide for Supporting Parent-Child Relationships Before, During, and After Deployments 

Check out this resource guide that offers a range of fun parent-child activities for programs serving military families. Each activity is designed to strengthen the relationships between Service member parents and their children. Activities can be adapted for use in a variety of parent-child settings. To download the Activity Guide, click here.



Save The Date!

National Training Institute (NTI) will be Friday, December 9th through Sunday, December 11th in Washington, DC.  There will be a special Pre-Institute Session on Thursday, December 8th focusing on Military Families. More details will be available soon!


Now Available


Coming Together Around Military Families® resources for professionals and parents are now available through Military OneSource.

To order click here or call 1-800-342-9647.


CTAMF Training Opportunities for Professionals Serving Military Families

For information on upcoming trainings please click below. 

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