Parent & Youth Resources
Family Assistance Teams: Don’t forget! There are dedicated teams here to provide you with expert guidance on this subject. By calling the team that assists your branch of service, you will receive personalized care and assistance. They will walk with you from start to finish and through each step of the process. Contact them today!
- For Air Service Members, click here to visit the Airman & Family Readiness Program team page.
- For Army Service Members, click here to visit the Family Assistance Specialist team page.
- For all other branches, contact the Family Assistance Coordinator by clicking here.
ChildCare Aware: Find and learn about high-quality childcare.
Community-Based ChildCare Fee Assistance Program: For those members of the Colorado National Guard who are AGR or activated, you may be eligible for the Community-Based Child Care Fee Assistance Program. To find out if you are a qualifying individual for this assistance, please contact your Family Assistance Specialist.
Military OneSource: Information, resources, education, and consultation – Check out the Children, Youth & Teens page.
Children, Deployments, and the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program: If your Service Member has deployed for more than 90 days overseas, you will be contacted by the Yellow Ribbon Program to participate in these events. If you think that you should have been contacted, or if you would simply like to learn more, contact the Yellow Ribbon team.
Child and Youth Counseling
Give an Hour: Confidential, free counseling available for military families
Military Child Education Coalition: Ensuring Quality Education Opportunities for Parents
Parenting Classes: Throughout the year, the Colorado National Guard hosts classes that may be able to assist you with questions you have on raising children. Parenting the Love and Logic Way is a highly successful and popular course that has been offered by the CONG Family Program many times as an independent facilitator. Contact the C&Y Program team for more information.
Drugs and Alcohol Awareness for Parents of Teens: The information that is provided through this program is a must for any parent sending their kids off to school, at any age.
Parents Central: It contains parenting information, helplines you can call, and topics that will educate, encourage, and assist you in dealing with parenting issues.
Bullying Resources: Education, prevention, and assistance for those dealing with bullying.
Grants: Our Military Kids offers a grant for children to participate in activities that help children cope with stress and anxiety while their parents are recovering or absent.
CONG Child and Youth Program Spotlight on Youth: Each quarter, the Child and Youth Program will recognize military youth who demonstrate a commitment to community involvement as well as personal achievement. The ‘Spotlight on Youth’ gives us the opportunity to nominate and shine the spotlight on a youth’s selfless contributions, achievements and acts of goodwill. This might include volunteering their time, fundraising or any activity that pertains to being a positive role model. If you know of a military youth between the ages of 6-18 who is involved in bettering themselves, their community and others in constructive and positive ways, please let us know so they can be recognized! Each ‘Spotlight on Youth’ will appear in the Child and Youth Program quarterly newsletter, on the CYP Facebook page as well as the congfamilyreadiness.net website.
Outward Bound: Outward Bound is offering scholarships for their Heroic Journey courses, specifically designed for students who have lost a family member. These scholarships are for military youth but the lost family member does not need to be a military member, just someone the student was connected to. These scholarships cover all costs but transportation to and from the course. All Colorado courses start at DIA.
TeenCentral: A resource for teens providing a place to vent, write your “story,” or read what other teens have written when they are experiencing a difficult situation and have problems, questions, or just need to vent.
Tutor.com: Tutor.com for U.S. Military Families is a DoD-funded program that allows eligible students in U.S. military families to connect to a live tutor online at any time for one-to-one help with homework, studying, test prep, proofreading, and more. The service is available at no charge to all grades K-12 students and some adults in Active Duty, National Guard, and Reserve families.