Creating Channels of Communication
Families are best served when they know where they can receive up-to-date information. Some ideas for notifying families about resources, such as those listed above:
- Provide links from the installation’s Web site to local and military resources.
- Create or feature a few resources as part of a regular newsletter.
- Visit local groups to ensure that there is a good understanding of their service offerings and quality.
- Create a resource fair and invite military and nonmilitary service providers to attend. (Be sure to invite local school leaders as well, so that cross-sharing is encouraged).
- Attend school functions (e.g., back to school night, open houses).
- Present to local community groups, school boards, and schools officials about the unique needs of military-connected children to encourage dialogue and ideas about how best to serve them.
- Make sure to reach out to Reserve and Guard families that live near the installation. These families are often isolated because they are not connected to an installation.
- Create a connection with another installation nearby or in the same state so that families relocating to the state receive comparable information from all military installations.
- Ensure that families transferring to another location are provided with as much information about the receiving location’s resources as possible. This information can be found by creating relationships with receiving installation School Liaisons and through service branch Facebook pages.