Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission (MIC3)
Mission: Through the Interstate Compact, MIC3 addresses key educational transition issues encountered by children of military families
The Military Interstate Children's Compact (the Compact) was created in 2006 by the Council of State Governments (CSG), in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Defense, to address the educational challenges transitioning children of military families face and create uniform treatment as military children transfer between school districts in member states.
Arizona was one of the 11 original states to adopt the Compact (A.R.S. § 15-1911). Today, the Compact has been adopted by all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Arizona Coalition of Military Families The Arizona Coalition for Military Families is a nationally-recognized public/private partnership focused on building Arizona’s statewide capacity to care for and support all service members, veterans and their families
Operation Homefront Operation Homefront is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families so they can thrive — not simply struggle to get by — in the communities they have worked so hard to protect
USO Arizona USO Arizona works to provide morale-boosting and family-strengthening programs to Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen, Coast Guardsmen and their families throughout Arizona
Arizona Charter Schools Association's Education Evaluator This public school map provides an easy, transparent way to research and compare schools across the state. Users can view enrollment information, student achievement data and school specific information for all of Arizona’s public schools — district and charter
Arizona School Choice Arizona School Choice was created to help parents in Arizona navigate the many educational opportunities available to their children as they progress through grade school and beyond
PCS Moving Checklist A comprehensive checklist created by the Military Child Education Coalition to help parents, families, and schools prepare for school moves
For more than 10 years, OneOp (formerly Military Families Learning Network (MLFN)) has collaborated with the Defense Department, US Department of Agriculture, and Land Grant University System to provide free and open-access resources and continuing education within a full spectrum of family service subject areas for service providers. OneOp’s programming supports DoD's Military Families Readiness System by growing the professional knowledge, readiness, and networks of service providers supporting military service members and their families.
There are 7 concentration areas: Personal Finance, Family Development and Early Intervention, Military Caregiving, Network Literacy, Nutrition and Wellness, Community Capacity Building, and Family Transitions. Each concentration area provides education and resources for professionals working with military families to build resilience and navigate life cycle transitions.
OneOp's goal is for military families to increase their self-reliance and navigate each transition more successfully than the last. The Family Transitions team encourages family service professionals to share, discuss, and collaborate on issues unique to the military family experience through this blog and other professional development opportunities.
Visit OneOp’s website, to access a variety of webinars, podcasts, blog posts, and more.
Helping Military Children Transition and Succeed
The State Council on the Education of Military Children was established to resolve the transition-related issues military families face through the coordinated efforts of Arizona's education leaders and military installation commanders. The Council provides for coordination among agencies of local government, local education agencies, and military installations concerning Arizona's participation in, and compliance with, the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children. The Compact was created to remove barriers to educational success imposed on children of military families due to frequent moves and deployments. The Council provides a forum for Arizona's military families to discuss the unique issues that their children face in school. The Council will provide recommendations to the Governor on ways to assist military families and their children with the goal of easing their transitions during deployments and relocations.
The Council was originally established under Executive Order in July 2012, and was renewed by Governor Ducey in March 2015 and September 2018.
Military members and families sacrifice for the security and safety of our nation, specifically military children during their K-12 careers. In April, the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission (MIC3) – along with many other organizations, non-profits, and public entities – will celebrate the important role of military children. Across the nation, states, communities, and schools celebrate in various ways, including wearing the color purple. This year, the Commission has selected Wednesday, April 20th as our official “Purple Up! For Military Kids” day. Arizona as a state has selected Friday, April 22nd as our “Purple Up! For Military Kids” day.
Here are some ways schools and affiliated organizaitons can show their support, and “Purple Up! For Military Kids”:
Coordinate a month or day within your respective organizations
Promote support through your communication channels (website, newsletters, media), State Council, stakeholders, and partners by tagging #MIC3Compact and #purpleup4militarykids
Coordinate and/or supporting a gubernatorial proclamation designating April as the Month of the Military Child
Arizona is committed to military children and providing a high-quality education for all students in our public schools. Please join us in thanking our military children for their strength and sacrifice by supporting “Purple Up! For Military Kids” this month – they deserve our support!
Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission - State Commissioner's Designee
Peter C. Laing | Policy Advisor & Strategic Projects