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

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Spotlight on: The Completion of the Coming Together Around Military Families® Initiative

It is with great pride that we announce the completion of the 3-year initiative, Coming Together Around Military Families® (CTAMF®), supported by the Department of Defense (DoD). During the course of this initiative, Military Family Projects (MFP) staff led 130 training sessions, developed a wide range of parent and professional materials, and delivered consultation services to 65 military sites including installations, National Guard states, and military medical centers throughout the United States (including Hawaii and Alaska), the territories of U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam, and the Air Force installation at Vincenza, Italy. 

As the needs of military families have changed, our outreach has expanded to include both active duty military families and Veteran families with young children. To that end, the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles has generously funded the Coming Together Around Veteran Families (CTAVF) training and materials development project in Los Angeles. (To learn more about the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles, click here). Additional funding was provided by the University of California, Los Angeles’ Welcome Back Veterans Resilience Center to support an evaluation of the training. Evaluative findings will be used to further strengthen the training curriculum for expanded outreach to civilian communities interested in supporting infants/toddlers of military and Veteran families.

Additional efforts focusing on Veteran families include the development of a new study, funded by Prince Charitable Trust, to examine the needs of young children in Veteran families in Illinois. In addition, the McCormick Foundation has funded a repurposing of existing MFP materials to incorporate the Veteran’s needs and perspective.

Our work with military families continues. MFP staff is in the process of developing a new board book for babies titled Sparrow, designed to support young children whose parents have experienced physical or psychological injury. Finally, ZERO TO THREE’s 2012 National Training Institute will offer a conference track on November 30th titled Early Intervention for Young Children of Veteran and Military Families: Fostering Resilience Through Integrated Systems of Care in Your Community for professionals working with this population. To register for the National Training Institute, click here.



Check It Out: Development of Resource Materials for Illinois Veterans

The McCormick Foundation has continued to fund MFP through a recent grant that supports the adaptation of existing CTAMF® materials to the needs of Veteran and National Guard/Reserve families. An expert advisory panel, representative of Veterans, National Guard/Reserve units, the DoD, Erikson Institute, and military families met in September to identify key Veteran and National Guard/Reserve issues for families with young children. The group noted resources for families, as well as gaps in services and systems. When the project is complete, the revised CTAMF® materials will be widely disseminated to agencies and community-based programs that support both National Guard/Reserve and Veteran families throughout Illinois. It is hoped that, once developed, these materials will be used in other settings nationwide.



News You Can Use: Prince Veteran’s Study in Chicago

Military Family Projects at ZERO TO THREE has just completed the report, Serving Our Nation’s Heroes: An Examination of Referral Systems Available to Assist Military and Veteran Families With Young Children in Chicago. This report, funded by Prince Charitable Trusts of Chicago, highlights the current services available for Veteran families with very young children and identifies gaps in services. While the report focuses on Chicago, communities and agencies nationwide will find the findings and recommendations helpful in planning to increase their capacity to support Veterans and their families with young children. Download the report here.



Grab & Go Resources: New Resources Available From ZERO TO THREE

The May 2012 issue of the Zero to Three Journal includes an article coauthored by MFP staff member Julia Yeary, with Sally Zoll (United Through Reading) and Kathy Reschke (Military Families Learning Network), titled When a Parent Is Away: Promoting Strong Parent–Child Connections During Parental Absence. This article provides strategies and suggestions for strengthening the connections between caregivers and young children during separations. The authors also discuss the use of technology and social media to enhance those parent–child connections. Read the article by clicking here.

In other news, ZERO TO THREE has released a series of child development resources designed for grandparents, especially those grandparents who provide primary care for their grandchildren. This series may be especially useful to professionals working with multigenerational households as many military families rely on the support of grandparents, particularly during deployments. The On Your Lap, In Your Heart resources address topics such as setting limits, establishing family traditions, and sharing the care of grandchildren with one’s adult children and offer suggestions for play activities with grandchildren from birth to age 3. To browse these new resources for grandparents, click here



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