Child & Youth Education Services

School Liaison Office

Student Focused... Partnership Driven

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About CYES

Department of Air Force understands that an important part of force retention is that members feel that their families are safe and well supported. There is no doubt that strong families improve mission readiness. Child & Youth Education Services (CYES) School Liaison (SL) Office is here to help.

 

CYES SL partners with local, state-level educators and other policymakers. These partnerships impact quality PreK-12 education and allow for tailored support to families, commanders, and total force families in meeting the challenging demands of the military lifestyle. The CYES program provides military-connected children the opportunity to thrive academically, socially, and emotionally, regardless of duty station, deployments, or transition status.

Mission

The School Liaison Program is committed to outreach, advocacy, and partnership initiatives that generate real-time solutions for military-connected students in grades PreK-12 as they face global educational challenges and transitions. 

Vision

To deliver unparalleled educational advocacy, outreach, and partnerships for military-connected students around the globe.

How School Liaisons Assist...

SCHOOLS
  • Parent Workshops (e.g. academic support, MIC3, PCSing with School Age Students, Deployment, Resilience, Facing Challenge/Safety) 

  • Educational Partnerships, Career Days, Mentors, Adopt A School Program, Volunteers 

  • Parent Workshops (e.g. academic achievement, MIC3, PCSing with School Age Students, IEPS) 

  • Military Student Transitions

  • School Based Transition Support Programs and Sponsorship

  • Deployment Support 

  • JROTC Support 

  • DoD/AF STEM Program

  • STARBASE Program 

  • Military Interstate Compact Compliance (MIC3) 

  • Military Family Life Counselors (MFLC) Support

  • Grant Opportunities and Federal Impact Aid

FAMILIES
  • Information on local schools and boundaries 

  • Home school support 

  • Inbound and outbound transfers 

  • Graduation requirements 

  • Schools and community outreach 

  • College, Career, and Military Readiness 

  • School and installation-based sponsorship programs 

  • Special Education Policy Navigation (e.g., IEPs and 504 Plans)

  • Military Interstate Compact Compliance 

  • Scholarship Information 

  • Education Resources and Support 

COMMANDERS
  • Advise on all PreK-12 Education concerns, trends, initiatives both local and state level 

  • Guidance on school related matters 

  • Facilitates communication between school authorities and installation leadership 

  • Community relations, partnerships, and outreach 

  • Education forums/summits 

  • Quality of Life workings groups 

  • Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission (MIC3)  

  • DoD Military Representative for MIC3 State Council and Compliance 

  • Support of Military Families Strategic Basing Education Initiative Certification 

  • Family concerns and challenges; community trends

Explore the Department of the Air Force Education and Licensure Report

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2021 Support for Military Families

 

Learn more about graduation rates, professional licenses, student learning, student-teacher ratios, and more at your installation.

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Philosophy—7 C's of CYES

1. Connect

Connect schools, families, and communities to meet the unique needs of PreK-12 military-connected students.

4. Collaborate

Collaborate with community stakeholders to build a platform for enhanced educational opportunities and partnerships.

7. Create

Create a system of support for military-connected students experiencing parental deployment or separation. 

2. Cultivate 

Cultivate communication pathways between families, schools, community stakeholders, and the military.

5. Comprehensive

Comprehensive professional development for educators to understand the military lifestyle.

3. Customize

Customize real-time solutions for military-connected students facing transitional barriers and educational gaps .

6. Construct

Construct a network of extensive resources for building resilient communities.

Core Focus Areas

Installation, School, and Community Communication

School Liaisons are installation subject matter experts to commanders, installation leadership staff, and parents for all local PreK through grade 12 school issues and challenges facing military children. They facilitate communication among parents, military leaders, and schools. In order to address issues at the local level and build relationships with community stakeholders, many installations SLs have established educational town hall meetings, summits, or educational working groups.  

Homeschool Support

School Liaisons share information on homeschool issues, concerns, local policies, and regulations of state/local education agencies and connect home school families to their community. 

Community Relations, Partnerships, and Outreach

School Liaisons create a network of parents, community stakeholders, military and civilian personnel to support installation communities and school systems. 

JROTC, STEM, Scholarship Opportunities

School Liaisons leverage installation and school resources such as Education and Training Flight and Career Centers to provide military-connected students’ access to post-secondary information and opportunities.

Special Education Navigation

School Liaisons assist families navigate through the complex area of Special Education including but not limited to special education law and policy, parental and student self-advocacy, Individualized Education Plans (IEP), and 504 Plans.