Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

Read Bio  

Month of the Military Child

April is the Month of the Military Child!

April is designated as the Month of the Military Child; a time to honor the sacrifices made by military families worldwide, with an emphasis on the experience of the dependent children of military members serving at home and overseas. Month of the Military Child is sponsored by the Department of Defense Military Community and Family Policy and supported by many other organizations, including the Arkansas Department of Education and the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission.

Celebrate Military Kids!

There are many ways to celebrate Month of the Military Child. You can download a document with over 20 ideas.

  • Please post pictures of your event on your school district webpage and let us know so that we can link to them.

Purple Up! For Military Kids Day 

  • “Purple Up! For Military Kids” is a day for Arkansans to wear purple to show support and thank military children for their strength and sacrifices. Wearing purple is a visible way to show support and thank military youth for their strength and sacrifices. Purple indicates that all branches of the military are supported; Air Force blue, Army green, Navy blue, Marine Corps red, and Coast Guard blue all thought to combine together as a single color, purple.
  • The Arkansas Department of Education will observe Purple Up! Day on Thursday, April 11.  Arkansas school districts may join with ADE on April 11 or may choose a different date that fits their calendars best.
  • Read more about MIC3 and the Month of the Military Child at We proudly salute our military children!

The Arkansas Purple Star School Award

The newly-established Arkansas Purple Star School Award recognizes schools that show a major commitment to serving students and families connected to our nation’s armed forces. To learn more about how your school may qualify, please go to Arkansas Purple Star School Award.


The links below provide additional information about military children and Month of the Military Child resources:

For additional resources, please visit our Resources page.

For more information, please contact:

John Kaminar, Military and Veterans Liaison
Arkansas Department of Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 104-A
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-683-5188

State Standards

Learn more about the standards that define the knowledge and skills Arkansas students should have in order to be ready for college and careers.

Learn More

Licensure & Certification

Find critical information about renewing Arkansas educator licenses, adding areas of licensure, licensing by reciprocity from other states, background checks and more.

Learn More


Learn More


Learn More