Resources for Military Families

Information about resources and support available in Fairfax County

FCPS Celebrates Military Students, Service Members and Families

Impact Aid - Overview for Parents

Federal Impact Aid is a law that provides a way for the federal government to reimburse local school districts for the loss of property and business tax support associated with federally connected students residing on/off base in the district.

  • The funding that your child’s school receives in Impact Aid directly impacts his or her education by providing replacement funding for operating expenses such as materials, equipment, staff, special education programming, and building improvements as part of the general funding of the district.
  • Individual schools meeting a military student threshold may qualify for Grants.

As a parent, what can I do?
It’s simple: Each year your child receives the Federal Survey Card form that requests confidential information regarding his/her federal connection (including military dependents). Simply by thoroughly completing and promptly returning this brief survey, you contribute to your child’s school funding!

  • Incomplete cards cannot be submitted for Impact Aid; thereby creating a loss of funding for the district.
  • Information provided is protected under Privacy Laws.

For more information regarding Impact Aid, contact a local School Liaison Officer
 

Making Connections

Encouraging 100 percent acceptance is a hallmark of the student-led Student 2 Student (S2S) program that brings military-connected and civilian Hayfield Secondary students together. S2S welcomes incoming students to Hayfield by greeting them on their very first morning, giving them a tour of the school, making sure they have someone to eat with during lunch, inviting them to monthly new student mixers, and then checking back in with them to make sure they are getting connected to the Hayfield community.


School Resources

General information about Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) that can help to make your transition easier.

Visit the Schools and Centers Directory to locate your school.

Contact your school's counseling office for information on: student registration; SOL and other standardized testing; guidance and course selection; course and grade placement; absences related to deployment; and graduation requirements. 

Contact your school's records office for transcripts and records requests.

Contact Your School's student activities office for information about participation in extracurricular activities and sports eligibility. Below are links to some of the more popular websites around sports and recreation in Fairfax County.

Month of the Military Child

From deployments to new schools, military children are faced with unique challenges that ordinary youth their age never experience. Their ability to adapt to present and future changes deserves respect and admiration. In an effort to recognize the hard work and applaud the courage of military children, the Department of Defense (DoD) deemed April as the Month of the Military Child (MOMC).

Beyond the School Day

Fairfax County offers School-Age Child Care (SACC) before and after school as well as during the summer and school breaks. There are also programs specific to military families.

Child Care Support

Military Camps and Services

  • Operation Purple Camp, serving military families in different phases of military life. 
  • Our Military Kids provides grants for sports, fine arts, and tutoring programs for dependents of the National Guard and reserves who are deployed and dependents of wounded warriors.

Additional Resources

Resources for Military Families with Children Requiring Special Accommodations

Educational Supports for Military Connected Students

Social, Emotional & Behavioral Supports

  • Behavioral Health Services for Military Families
  • Military Family Life Consultant (MFLC) offers offers trained, licensed professional counselors for service members & their families to speak with free of charge for up to 12 sessions. All information shared with the counselors is kept strictly confidential & off the record, except to meet legal obligations/prevent harm to self or others.  The program strives encourage service members & families to seek assistance when coping with the concerns of daily life, and to eliminate barriers that service members may feel prevent them from reaching out for help.
  • Army Community Service offers no-cost classes and trainings that are designed to equip Service members, Family Members, Retirees, and Department of Defense Civilians with the life skills, knowledge and support needed to face the challenges of military life. 
  • Real Warrior Campaign is an initiative launched by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) to promote the processes of building resilience, facilitating recovery and supporting reintegration of returning service members, veterans and their families.
  • Defense Centers of Excellence Resource Guide for Military Connected Children Coping with Transitions
  • Military One Source is your central hub and go-to-place for the military community.  Non-medical counselling is also available.
  • Operation Purple Camp serves military families in different phases of military life. 
  • Fisher House provides free housing to service members, veterans and their families receiving care on or near Installation Community Hospital.
  • USO Center provides support for local military and their families.

Deployment Specific Resources

Educator Resources:

Military Facts, Supports, and Data

Supporting Transitions for Military Families

FCPS supports Military Families as they transition to and from our school system