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Resource Partners

Our Partners (in PROMISE) have committed to helping our military special needs community. Their areas of expertise range from providing disability-specific resources, to advocating for improved services at the federal and state level. Learn more about our partnerships and the resources they provide below.

  • Blue Star Families

    With more than 150,000 members in their network, including in chapters all over the world, Blue Star Families touches more than 1.5 million military family members every year. Through our research and program partnerships, Blue Star Families ensures that wherever American military families go, they can always feel connected, supported and empowered to thrive – in every community, across the nation, and around the globe.


    CHADD – Children and Adults with ADHD – (founded in 1987) is the national organization that serves children and adults with ADHD, their parents, educators and professionals. With the help of more than 5,000 members and 120 support groups and affiliates across the country, as well as more than 1,000 volunteers, CHADD reaches out to individuals affected by ADHD, providing support right in their own community with a mission to provide evidence-based information on ADHD to the public; to provide support, information, programs, and services to people affected by ADHD; and to advocate for ADHD-supportive policies in federal and state law.

  • Cohen Veterans Network

    Cohen Veterans Network’s 501(c)(3) mission is to improve the quality of life for all post-9/11 veterans, including National Guard and Reserves, and their military families by providing high-quality, accessible mental health care. Through a network of outpatient mental health clinics, trained clinicians deliver evidence-based care to treat mental health conditions for military families, including children. Our team is made up of veterans and military family members themselves. Military family mental health care for Guard/Reserve and active duty families are available across the country at our Cohen Clinics regardless of discharge status, insurance or the ability to pay. To learn more, visit cohenveteransnetwork.org/backtobetter.

  • Easterseals

    The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Easterseals provides high-quality and accessible behavioral health care to veterans, active duty service members, their families and caregivers. The Easterseals In-Home Respite Care Program provides a critical service for active duty Navy families in the DC MD VA area whose children have a special need/disability (EFM category 4 or 5). Due to juggling the specialized care of their children and with the demands of service to our nation, these families are at high risk of burnout and other domestic challenges. Our intervention provides families with “time off” from parenting and specialized support for their children creating a healthy and stable home. The program places highly trained and vetted respite providers in the homes of the families to provide up to 40 hours of respite care per month. 

  • Educating All Learners

    Educating All Learners is a civilian advocacy group. Their website, equityatthecore.org provides resources and planning support to administrators as they prioritize inclusion and equity in the planning process for reopening and recovery due to COVID-19. This is a great resource for educators, EFMP coordinators and school liaison officers!

  • Exceptional Families of the Military

    Exceptional Families of the Military (EFM) is a volunteer-led, 501c(3) non-profit organization specializing in helping DoD families enrolled in EFMP. EFM has 18 online support groups with about 7,000 EFMP family members DoD-wide. EFM provides direct support, support groups, and also works on legislative priorities on behalf of EFMP families. EFM is also a part of the EFMP coalition, the largest group representing EFMP families.

  • It’s a Military Life

    It’s a Military Life is a networking platform that brings military spouses and families together through our lifestyle blog and social media communities. IML focuses on education and advocacy for our children through our website at itsamilitarylife.com, with a specific page dedicated to educating and enriching the lives of our families. We also have an Instagram account @itsamilitarychildlife that continues to share helpful resources for our children, as well as our private group on Facebook, “It’s a Military Child Life”. IML has networked with Partners in PROMISE, by sharing Michelle’s story on our blog, but we want to continue advocating for this amazing cause by becoming an active Resource Partner. Ideally, we would like to dedicate an advocacy page on our blog that leads our readers to Partners in PROMISE. We look forward to working together to continue to take care of our EFMP/special needs community.

  • Kids Rank

    Kids Rank is a 501c(3) service-based organization developed specifically for military children by supporting their social and emotional well-being. Through the formation of local clubs, called Prides, Kids Rank engages children in hands-on, skill building projects and volunteer opportunities designed to encourage resilience through our core pillars of CONNECT, LEAD and SERVE. The program is open to school-aged military children from all branches of service including active duty, reservists, retirees and Families of the Fallen.

  • Kith & Kin

    One of Kith+Kin’s greatest privileges is to provide an app that supports our military families and the military spouses who are managing them on a daily basis. Given the nature of active duty life, the military spouse is often tasked with taking care of the many duties related to the health, education, and care of the family. Each new PCS season can bring disruptive change as the family moves to a new location across the country or even around the globe. The idea of “starting over” in a new community with remembering everything for the school forms or trying to recall the health history of your child for the doctor can be daunting. With Kith + Kin, all of your health info is mobile, and you can easily upload all of the documents related to your child’s IEP/504 plan, so you have everything you need when it’s time to be their advocate.

  • LDA of America

    Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) offers support, education and advocacy for parents, educators, professionals, and individuals with learning disabilities.

  • Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC)

    Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) MCEC supports the EFMP/special needs community by providing training, workshops, webinars and resources from their website for parents, educators, and other caring adults. For professionals they offer a 6-hr course, Responding to Military Children with Exceptional Needs. This training helps professionals identify the amplified transition challenges that impact military-connected students with exceptional needs, and explore strategies that support these unique learners as they transition from school to school.

  • Military Officers’ Association of America (MOAA)

    The Military Officers’ Association of America (MOAA) is the nation’s largest and most influential association of military officers with more than 350,000 members– including active duty, National Guard, Reserve, retired, former officers, and their families. MOAA is a powerful force speaking for a strong national defense and representing the interests of military officers at every stage of their careers. MOAA is the leading voice on compensation and benefit matters for all members of the military community, providing expert advice and guidance to their members.

    It is an independent, nonprofit, politically nonpartisan organization. MOAA actively advocates for military families with special needs to ensure the military meets their needs for continuity of services and resources, testifying before the House Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee with recommendations to improve the Exceptional Family Member Program. MOAA is also a member of the TRICARE for kids coalition.

  • Modern Military Association of America

    The Modern Military Association of America focuses on education, advocacy, and support for transgender children enrolled in the EFMP & also anyone who needs assistance with their children enrolled in EFMP/special needs community/IEP.

  • Naval Services FamilyLine

    Naval Services FamilyLine‘s mission is to empower Navy families to meet the challenges of a military lifestyle with education, resources, and mentoring.

  • Operation Child Care Project

    The Operation Child Care Project (OCCP) recognizes that in Military Families, everyone serves. The tremendous sacrifices that our Service Members make every day are possible due to the hidden sacrifices and support from their families. OCCP focuses on the areas in child care that are frequently out of reach due to a lack of access or affordability. Accessible child care is more than just a convenience. It’s a catalyst for positive change in Military Families lives.

  • Organization for Autism Research (OAR)

    The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) first published A Guide for Military Families in 2010, and released an updated version in 2019. This comprehensive resource provides expert information on Department of Defense and service policies related to autism; coverage for autism services within the military healthcare system; tips and advice relative to transitions such as PCS moves; and more. The guide’s companion website, Operation Autism, is regularly updated with the latest information about military healthcare, and includes a searchable database of local resources – including schools, EFMP contact information, and ABA providers accepting TRICARE – organized by military base.

  • Parent Centers

    There are nearly 100 Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs) and Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs) in the US and Territories. These Centers perform a variety of direct services for children and youth with disabilities, families, professionals, and other organizations that support them. They are experts in local state disability laws and can help our military families who are often not familiar with local area resources.

  • PCSgrades

    PCSgrades is a community of fellow military members, veterans, and military spouses helping each other with our biggest must-solve relocation needs by sharing our personal experiences and advice through trusted reviews. Every review creates a little more control for all of us and a little more transparency with the businesses we all must deal with when it’s our turn to relocate…again. Join the PCSgrades community today to research your new area or help a military family by leaving a review for your current one.


    SEALKIDs provides immediate and individualized educational interventions for children in the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) community. Through an encompassing approach of academic testing, tutoring, therapy, advocacy, and enrichment, we help NSW families better understand and overcome the academic barriers their children face. SEALKIDS operates four academic programs: Academic Support, Specialized Needs, Testing and Evaluation, and Advocacy. In 2019, 70% of SEALKIDS grants were awarded to students with one or more diagnosed learning disabilities and 100% of students served showed improvement in at least one area of measure. Parents of children served work closely with a SEALKIDS Family Advocate who guides them through the process of identifying and obtaining the academic support their child needs to succeed and provides emotional support throughout the entire process. Families interested in requesting help from SEALKIDS can begin the process by visiting sealkids.org and clicking “Request Help”

  • Secure Families Initiative

    The Secure Families Initiative mobilizes military partners and family members to be active voters and advocates for their community – especially on issues of foreign policy. We help coach through the voter registration process and provide free, online webinar trainings about how to be an effective advocate.

  • Special Needs Navigator

    Special Needs Navigator helps families, individuals, and professionals navigate the disability maze of benefits, resources, and services. They work together to identify what they, or their child, may qualify for and submit the necessary applications. SNN provides clarity and direction for what steps to take, when to take them, and if applicable, the proper language to use to increase the likelihood of success.


    STOMP provides information and resources so that military parents, individuals with disabilities and military personnel can access services.  STOMP now offers virtual workshops across multiple days, two-day in-person workshops and one-hour webinars throughout the United States and overseas for military families and military personnel of all branches of service. STOMP workshops and webinars are funded by the Army, Navy and Air Force who determine location and topics per installation. The installations that offer services do so in partnership with Parent Centers (above).

  • TeleTeachers

    TeleTeachers believes that equity is everything! In their partnerships with public school districts and charter organizations, they pride themselves on delivering the best special education services to amazing students all around the U.S. Through offering different service delivery options, remote and in-person, TeleTeachers is able to meet the needs of students regardless of their geographical location. As educators, TeleTeachers knows that military-connected students, receiving special education and related services, encounter another layer in this experience with frequent moves to new homes and schools. They support military students and families by making those transitions as seamless as possible! In addition, TeleTeachers is always looking for amazing teachers and providers to join their team! Their remote, “work from anywhere,” option would be a perfect fit for military spouses who are looking for consistency in their careers as well. TeleTeachers is here for YOU and your children!

  • The Dyslexia Life

    The Dyslexia Life exists to help parents navigate the world of Special Education for children who have dyslexia. They believe in mandated dyslexia screening in Kindergarten thru 2nd grade in public schools in America in all 50 states. 

  • United Through Reading

    United Through Reading connects military families who are separated —for deployment or military assignment—by providing the bonding experience of shared storytime. The more often parents (and other adults) read aloud to their children, the greater their later success in reading, writing, and other areas.