Military Children by the Numbers

Each November, the President proclaims this month as Military Family Appreciation Month. With estimates at more than 1.7 million children of active duty members in the U.S., it’s likely you have students in your schools right now who are navigating this monumental life change.

This link offers a list of resources you can share with military families, along with things you can do in school to help support and encourage children of military families.

These families sacrifice much to serve our country, and we are pleased to see efforts being made in and out of the classroom to help these children succeed and thrive.

Military Children by the Numbers

– According to a report by the Department of Defense there are 700 military child development program facilities around the world, running approximately 155,000 child-care spaces, with another 3,000 Family Child Care homes which provide.
– It’s estimated that military child development centers welcome around 200,000 children daily. There are 300 youth and teen centers worldwide serving more than 645,000 youth through a variety of educational and recreational programs.
– Approximately 2 million military children have experienced a parental deployment since 9/11.
– There are currently 1.2 million military children of active duty members worldwide.
– Nearly 80% of military children attend public schools throughout the United States.
– The average military family moves three times more often than their civilian counterpart.
– There are nearly two million “total-force dependent children” including more than 900 thousand Army dependents, 400 thousand Air Force dependents, nearly 300 thousand Navy and approximately 118 thousand Marine dependents.


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