Management Tools

Guides and Tool Kits

The following management tools are available for download and printing by children and youth program service providers to help conduct and promote their programs. Upgrades for Acrobat Reader software are available at no charge at

Department of Defense

Caring for Kids after Trauma and Death: A Guide for Parents and Professionals Developed by the Institute for Trauma and Stress, this guide provides comprehensive insights and suggestions on how school professionals, mental health and family program service providers, and parents can help children facing trauma and death.

DoD Special Needs Parent Tool Kit The DoD Special Needs Parent Tool Kit is designed to assist service providers in training and assisting military families and leadership to understand and cope with the challenges that face special needs families. 

DoD/Youth Sponsorship Tool Kit The DoD/Youth Sponsorship Tool Kit provides installations with a basic step-by-step outline to assist in getting a successful Youth Sponsorship Program started. Included in the tool kit are resources that serve as roadmaps to planning and implementation. The tool kit is designed to be used collaboratively by service providers, youth, schools, and youth-serving installation agencies.

Educator's Guide to the Military Child During Deployment Sponsored by the DoD Educational Opportunities Directorate, this Guide is designed to assist educators in supporting military children during a deployment.

Little Listeners in an Uncertain World: Coping Strategies for You and Your Child During Deployment or When a Crisis Occurs Published by ZERO TO THREE, this is a downloadable pamphlet designed to help military families understand how separation and deployment affect young children

Parent's Guide to the Military Child During Deployment and Reunion Sponsored by the DoD Educational Opportunities Directorate, this Guide is designed to assist parents in supporting their children during a deployment.

Support for Military Children Adolescents Developed in conjunction with the Department of Defense, the American Academy of Pediatrics has created two videos aimed at helping teens and elementary school-aged family members cope with the mental strain of the deployment of a parent: "Military Youth Coping with Separation: When Family Members Deploy" and "Mr. Poe and Friends Discuss Reunion After Deployment." There are facilitator's guides available for both videos through the website.


Resources for Military Children Affected by Deployment Compiled by the US Army Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Command (FMWRC), this listing of resources includes books recommended for children, deployment kits for children and families, deployment materials and resources for parents and service providers, and a listing of websites for children, parents, and teachers.


Navy Exceptional Family Member (EFMP) Resource Guide The Navy EFMP Resource Guide describes the process of enrollment in the program, the forms required, and provides additional resources for Sailors and their families.

Other Guides

Sesame Workshop "Talk, Listen, Connect: Deployment, Homecoming, Changes" During Spring 2008, Sesame Workshop, the makers of Sesame Street, released a video workshop that aims to aid children in understanding and unbundling the tangle of complex emotions many feel in the midst of a mother or father's tour of duty away from home. The video also broaches the difficult subject of dealing with a parent's debilitating war injury. The video is a follow-up to Sesame Street's previous military video, "When Parents are Deployed."

The "So Far" Guide for Helping Children and Youth Cope with the Deployment of a Parent in the Military reserves Published by the Strategic Outreach to Families of All Reservists (SOFAR), this guide is designed to assist families of Reserve Component Service members with young children in dealing with deployment and separation.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has created informational booklets, Traumatic Grief in Military Children, to be used by educators and medical providers to better serve military children who have suffered a loss and who may be experiencing traumatic grief.


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