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The North Carolina National Guard Child and Youth Program supports the social, emotional and academic needs of North Carolina National Guard families. This is accomplished with the help of Commanders, Family Assistance Centers, Volunteers and family programs specialized staff. The Lead Child & Youth Program Coordinator, Alice Dean, facilitates youth events and programs in conjunction with Family Programs personnel, units and volunteers. To contact Alice Dean call the toll free number (800) 621-4136 extension 12548 or (919) 520-9458 or via email


The Social needs of North Carolina National Guard youth are met through a myriad of events and programs. North Carolina has reached out to families with their unique Operation Kids on Guard and Operation Kiddies on Guard program. These programs provide an environment for NCNG children to meet with other children who’s mom or dad is in the Guard and helps them to address deployment fears and concerns while participating in hands on activities throughout a day camp or  an overnight weekend camp. Click here to view more events and programs that help meet your child’s social needs.


Events that help with your child’s social needs also provides emotional support. Other resources are available through programs and sites such as Military One Source, Zero to Three and Guard These organizations offer support, dvd’s, down-loadable coloring books and activities for military youth. Select the link for more information.  Emotional needs explored in-depth.


Even with all a parents efforts there are academic needs for military dependent Children. With programs like Military Child Education Coalition and March to Success parents are armed with information to keep their child/ren on track at school while their mom or dad is away. In addition to the programs grants and scholarships are available for eligible service members to help with things like pre-school costs, tutoring, sports and fine arts programs. To learn more about what can help your child/children’s academic needs click Academic Needs.