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Helping agencies join together in April to recognize and assist children and families, the 6th Services Squadron, Family Member Programs Flight commemorates Month of the Military Child. The 6th Medical Group, Family Advocacy Program will highlight education and outreach for Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Times have changed, and more than ever children and families need the additional support helping agencies can provide. The impact of military deployments frequently leaves behind families that require more outside support than under normal circumstances. The Department of Defense has set aside the month of April as the Month of the Military Child and encourages Air Force bases worldwide to plan special events and programs for youth and families. Children and families remain special at all times, but during April there is a focus on demonstrating how special military children are.

The FMPF intentionally plans activities beyond those of the daily curriculum in order to allow children and families an extra dose of positive experiences. The goal is minimizing the negative impacts on mission readiness, while building and sustaining a healthy MacDill community and having fun!

Child Abuse Prevention Month reminds each of us that the prevention of child abuse must begin as a personal priority and commitment. It gives each of us individually and all of us together the opportunity to promote the best for optimal childhood. Supporting the personal development, health, wellness and wellbeing of our children, youth, and teens, is imperative to the strength and stability of healthy communities. Children are our future and our most precious community asset.

Special Events Planned Include:

April 1: The Month of the Military Child kickoff parade will be on Bayshore Boulevard between Hangar Loop Drive and Florida Keys Ave. The Honor Guard will be marching with flags and Security Forces will serve as traffic escorts.

April 8: There will be a Children's Art Show/Display at the Base Exchange.

April 9: A seminar called Active Relationships for Young Adults (9th-12th grades) will be held at Brandon Family Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

April 16: Training Conference at Youth Center; various outside agencies as well as child care personnel will be presenting topics/workshops.

April 16: Active Relationships for Young Adults (9th-12th grades) will be held at Brandon Family Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

April 22: There will be a Family Picnic from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for all child care program families

April 23: Active Relationships for Young Adults (9th-12th grades) will be held atat the Brandon Family Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

April 27: There will be a Family Advocacy/Drug Demand Reduction information table at the Base Exchange from 11 a.m. to 1p.m.

April 28: There will be a Family members programs Information table at the Base Exchange from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

April 29: There will be an open house from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Child Development Centers, Family Child Care, School Age Child Care and Youth Center facilities.

April 30: Fathers Resource and Networking Center will be hosting a one-time Boot Camp for New Dads at MacDill in Bldg 250.

April 30: Active Relationships for Young Adults (9th-12th grades) Brandon Family Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

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