We believe every military dependent deserves a quality education, a smooth transition through relocation, and equitable resources for special education and other services.

School Liaisons are installation subject matter experts to families, installation leadership staff, and commanders who assist with all local Pre-K through grade 12 school issues and challenges facing military children. You can find your local School Liaison here.

DoDEA is responsible for planning, directing, coordinating, and managing prekindergarten through 12th grade educational programs on behalf of the Department of Defense

Key Issues for Education include Purple Stars Schools Program, Advance Enrollment, Open Enrollment Flexibility, and In-State Tuition Continuity.

This publication was developed to support Command Teams – commanders, senior enlisted leaders, and spouses – who want (or need) to enhance public education options for their personnel. It provides an approach, resources, and examples to help you address the most common K-12 challenges affecting military installations.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) helps you pay for school or job training. If you’ve served on active duty after September 10, 2001, you may qualify for the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33). Find out if you can get this education benefit.

The EFMP Family Vector website provides Exceptional Family Member Program families direct access to decision-making information, including specific details on special education support, resources, and guidance.

The Compact addresses key educational transition issues encountered by military families including enrollment, placement, attendance, eligibility, and graduation. The Compact leverages consistency: It uses a comprehensive approach that provides a consistent policy in every school district and in every state that chooses to join.

For more resources on education, see page 20 in the Thrive Guide.