School Support Services
- When Do I Need a SLO?
Getting ready to move:
- Information about your upcoming duty station and educational options in your new community
- Connection to a youth sponsor who can answer your child’s questions from a youth’s perspective
- Assistance with the steps to prepare for your children’s departure from their current schools
Once you are arrive:
- Assistance with school registration and transition
- Help with questions about compliance and solutions regarding the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children
- Two way communication between the school and parent
- Connection with homeschool co-ops or support groups
During your assignment:
- Answers to your questions about schools, homeschooling, special education, scholarships, transitions and more.
- Parent education opportunities about college and career readiness, preparing for transition and the Interstate Compact
To ease the transition, contact your SLO as soon as you get orders.
- Finding a School
Finding a new school and registering your child can be confusing.
We can help.
Our SLOs give you information on local schools so you can find the best fit for you and your family. They can also help you with everything you need to register – and can answer other questions, too. Contact our office and to get more detailed information.
Iowa Public Schools
- Davenport Community Schools (less than 10 miles)
1606 Brady Street Davenport
Phone: (563) 336-5000
- Bettendorf Community Schools (less than 10 miles)
3311 Central Avenue – Bettendorf
Phone: (563) 359-3681
- Pleasant Valley Community Schools (less than 10 miles)
P.O. Box 332, Pleasant Valley
Phone: (563) 332-550
- North Scott Community Schools (12 miles)
251 E. Iowa Street, Eldridge
Phone: (563) 285-4819
- Durant Community Schools (25 miles)
408 7th Street, Durant
Phone: (563) 785-4432
Illinois Public Schools
- Moline School District (less than 10 miles)
1619 11th Avenue, Moline
Phone: (309) 743-1600
- East Moline School District (less than 10 miles)
836 17th Avenue, East Moline
Phone: (309) 755-4533
- Hampton School District (less than 10 miles)
205-5th Street, Hampton
- United Township School District (less than 10 miles)
1275 Ave. of the Cities, East Moline
Phone: (309) 752-1633
- Rock Island/Milan School District (less than 10 miles)
2101 – 6th Avenue, Rock Island
Phone: (309) 793- 5900
- Silvis School District (less than 10 miles)
1305 5th Ave., Silvis
Phone: (309) 792-9325
- Sherrard School District (13 miles)
507 3rd Street, Sherrard
Phone: (309) 593-4075
- Rockridge School District (14 miles)
14110 134th Ave W, Taylor Ridge
Phone: (309) 795-1167
- Orion School District (16 miles)
1002 11th Ave., Orion
Phone: (309) 526-3388
- Mercer County School District (22 miles)
402 E. Main Street, Aledo
Phone: (309) 582-2238
- Geneseo School District (25 miles)
209 S. College Ave., Geneseo
Phone: (309) 945-0450
- Cambridge School District (25 miles)
300 S West Street, Cambridge
Phone: (309) 937-2144
- Riverdale School District (25 miles)
9624 256th St N, Port Byron
Phone: (309) 523-3181
- Five Key Features of Effective Schools
- Effective Schools Research Base
- What is Effective School Research?
- The United States Department of Education provides detailed information about choosing a school and offers a great number of resources to help you make an informed decision when choosing a school for your child.
- Davenport Community Schools (less than 10 miles)
- Youth Sponsorship
Does your child have 101 questions about your next duty station? Let a youth sponsor answer them!
Youth sponsors connect with children before arrival at a new duty station, provide them with information about their new communities and answer questions from a youth perspective – while being guided by adults in the CYS youth program and the schools.
Once you arrive, a youth sponsor will meet your child and can arrange community and school tours.
If you're preparing for a PCS move, contact your SLO today to sign up for a youth sponsor.
You may either print and fill out the form in the link above and fax it back to us at 309-782-0837 or fill out the form below.Form requests links have (temporarily) been disabled at this time. Patrons should utilize phone numbers provided or stop by the facility for additional information.
- Special Education Information
If you have a child with special needs, we can help you find the resources available in your school district. We can also connect you with your local installation’s Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) office.
Quad Cities Special Needs Groups
Child & Adult Care
- Additional References & Resources for Special Education
Highly mobile children are entitled to an expedited process, including: a) evaluations in 30 days instead of 60 days, b) removed delays due to school district schedules for Families moving during incomplete screenings, c) continued Extended School Year for students moving in the summer. The United State Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services outlines these requirements for State Directors of Special Education.
The Center for Parent Information and Resources offers parent education, acronyms, tools, webinars and a directory of local Parent and Information Training Centers to appropriately advocate for their children, proactively supporting personal accountability. Funded by OSEP.
Military OneSource has a range of resources in caring for a family member with special needs: education, health care, legal, financial, points of contact (EFMP, School Liaisons, etc.)
Military Community & Family Policy-Office of Special Needs provides directory of age-specific resources and States at a Glance for state education special education resources and parent resources.
DirectSTEP provides no-cost, Army sponsored online training for educators and parents on a host of special education topics such as understanding federal requirements, best practices for behavior management, IDEA eligibility, IEPs and more. Through the eCourses parents and educators learn how to apply education laws in order to obtain positive outcomes associated with critical education issues. Access the course listing and registration page through the links below.
- Home School
Home schooling has become mainstream and widely-used. We offer resources and information to help you provide quality home-based education.
Home School Legal Defense Association provides information on home school law, and general support and information about homeschooling.
- Transition Support
We understand that military transitions for children include much more than school plans and enrollment. We have a number of resources to help make your move as easy as possible for the kids, including:
Military Kids Connect provides online age-appropriate resources to help parents, teachers and children cope with the unique challenges of military life.
The Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children (MIC3) addresses key transition issues military Families experience, including enrollment, placement, attendance, eligibility and graduation. All 50 states have signed the compact and are in varying stages of implementation and/or compliance. The compact applies to children of Active Duty service members, National Guard and Reserve members on active duty orders and members or veterans who are medically discharged or retired within past year.
If you feel that you have an issue that the Compact can help address talk with your SLO. The SLO is able to assist by connecting with both the sending and receiving school to assist in resolving the issue. If it is not possible to resolve the issue locally, the SLO will help you work with the state commission, and if needed, the national office.
- Post - Secondary Support
Our support doesn’t end with elementary education. If you have children preparing for academic life after high school, we can help you find information about testing opportunities, scholarships and military-specific resources that can help you plan.
The US Department of Veteran’s Affairs provides information about Military-Specific and Government Academic Support G.I. Bill
The Transferability of Educational Benefits for the Post 9/11 GI Bill are very specific. The Defense Manpower Data Center, through MilConnect will guide you through the transfer process and your eligibility to do so. Speak with an Education Counselor prior to making this election in order to ensure you understand the benefit.
In-State Tuition Programs for Military: Service-members, active duty for a period of more than 30 days and their dependents are eligible to receive in-state tuition at many public colleges and universities in the state where they reside or are permanently stationed. An enrolled dependent may pay in-state tuition as long as he or she remains continuously enrolled at the institution, even if the service-member is reassigned outside of the state. Regulations outlined in the Higher Education Opportunity Act, 2008 (P.L 110 - 135) and the Higher Education Act of 1965 (pdf) apply.
Youth Center programs. These workshops provide educators and students with the same tools Soldiers receive through their Ready and Resilient training. As Master Resilience Trainers SLOs strive to develop a common language around resilience for educators, youth and their parents.
For information on how to attend a class contact your SLO
College and Career Readiness Resources:
College and career readiness includes the content knowledge, skills and habits that students must have to be successful in postsecondary education. It also includes training that leads to a sustaining career. A student who is ready for college and career can qualify for and succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing college courses without needing remedial or developmental coursework. These links have tools that will help you plan for your child’s college and career readiness:
Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) provides STEM opportunities for military connected youth. The website provides information about AEOP programs available to youth, scholarship opportunities, news, and ways to get involved.
Military.com Scholarship Finder Military.com provides a search engine to help you find money for your child’s higher education needs. Search over 1000 scholarships intended for military youth. They also have a Military Scholarship Handbook.
School Support Services Scholarship Database Listing of crowd sourced scholarships for military connected youth. Scholarships are listed in alphabetical order and provide information on deadlines and qualifications.
- Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Unique Military Child Identifier? Numerous states have enacted a voluntary report-only self-identification of military children within their public school systems. This data collection would allow monitoring of critical elements such as academic progress and proficiency, special and advanced program participation, mobility and dropout rates. Requirements and method of collection vary from state to state.
Many local school districts across the United States include within their boundaries parcels of land that are owned by the Federal Government. They must provide a quality education to the children living on the Indian and other Federal lands while sometimes operating with less local revenue than is available to other school districts, because the Federal property is exempt from local property taxes.
Congress has provided financial assistance to these local school districts through the Impact Aid Program. Each year Military members and Federal employees complete a Survey Form. The amount of Impact Aid – or federal assistance –received is determined by the number of eligible parents/guardians who complete the survey form. It partially compensates school districts affected by federal activity for local tax losses resulting from tax-free federal installations.
Impact Aid Fact Sheet (we will provide a hand out to link to)
Impact Aid Website
At overseas/international locations where there is not a Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) school, NDSP supports a variety of options for your children, ranging from public or private schools to homeschool programs. NDSP has a team of education specialists who are available to provide transition and educational support and coordination for all students, including those with special needs. Sponsors are encouraged contact the NDSP as soon as possible for specific school information.
What school will my children attend?
Garrison residents may attend the Moline, Davenport, Bettendorf, or Pleasant Valley School Districts. Bussing is provided by the Garrison to Benjamin Franklin Elementary, Wilson Middle School, and Moline High School at no charge. Bussing is provided by the Davenport School District to McKinley Elementary, Sudlow Intermediate, and Central High School at no charge. Child & Youth Services provides bussing to several schools in the Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley School Districts for Before and After School Program patrons. Off post, there are 10 school districts with 78 schools within a 10 mile radius, and 19 school districts with 125 schools within a 25 mile radius.
Can my children open-enroll into other school districts?
The state of Illinois does not allow open enrollment from one district to another. Open enrollment is permitted in the state of Iowa, but it is not always granted. It is important to choose a residence within the school district you want your children to attend.
Which school is best to attend?
Our local public school districts are excellent. Each family must decide which school is the best fit for them. The decision is best made by visiting prospective schools, researching schools via their web page, and talking to teachers, parents, students, and administrators. Since your street address designates where your child will attend school, we recommend you shop for a school before you shop for a house. Where can I find out more information about the local schools? Each school has a web page with a link to their state report card where you can research demographics, teacher-pupil ratio, graduation rates, and test scores. The majority of the military students in the Quad City Area attend the following school districts:
Rock Island http://www.rockislandschools.org/
United Township http://uths.net/
Pleasant Valley http://pleasval.org/
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School Support Services (SSS) provides Army school-aged youth with educational opportunities, resources and information necessary to achieve academic success. A branch of Child & Youth Services (CYS), SSS is home to the School Liaison Office, where School Liaison Officers (SLOs) help deliver the best educational resources and information for your children.
We specialize in education transitions, and make sure incoming and exiting Families have information about local schools, graduation requirements, after-school services/programs, youth sponsorship programs and home schooling. We also help parents better understand the education process, school organization, and interaction strategies.