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Military Family Resources

  • Mississippi Department of Education Military Star Program: The Military Star School program is designed to help schools respond to the educational and social-emotional challenges military-connected children face during their transition to a new school and keep them on track to be college, workforce, and life-ready.
  • Mental Health Resources Rankin County School District: Being part of a military family can bring unique situations.  A number of mental health resources are availabe through  our school and district..
  • Exceptional Needs: Rankin County Schools offers special education services to students that have been determined to have one or more disabilities. 
  • Gifted Education: Rankin County Schools offers gifted education (Venture) to intellectually gifted students in grades two through six.
  • Florence Elementary Handbook: Online handbook for RCSD
  • Parent Read at Home Guide: You are your child's first teacher.  By reading just 20 minutes a day, you can impact their school success.
  • Strong Readers MS - A guide from the MS Department of Education
  • Military Tutor - No cost, online tutoring and homework help 24/7 
  • Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission: The Compact provides information addressing key educational transition issues encountered by military families including enrollment, placement, attendance, eligibility and graduation.
  • Military One Source: A central hub and go-to-place for the military community. Provides information about military benefits, deployments, reintegration, moves, parenthood, retirement and more.

  • American Red Cross: Emergency communication for military families, financial assistance, referral services, deployment support and services.

  • Veterans Crisis Line: Connects veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available.

  • National Military Family Association: Provides information and resources related to services and programs for military families.

  • Blue Star Families: Provides resources to strengthen military families

  • Our Military Kids: A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created to provide support (grants) and recognition to military children. Grants pay for participation in activities that help children cope with stress and anxiety while their parents are recovering or absent.

  • Sesame Workshop: Provides much-needed support and practical education through Talk, Listen, Connect, a multiphase outreach initiative to help young kids through deployments, combat-related injuries and the death of a loved one.

  • United Through Reading: Provides a free app so that military families can read together every day no matter the distance.