School Liaison Officer





Nominations and Applications Open for Operation Homefront’s 2021 Military Child of the Year® Awards


Seven Military Child of the Year® (MCOY) Awards are presented to one outstanding child from each service branch: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard and the Space Force. The awards recognize the recipients for their resiliency, leadership, and achievement during their parents’ service. Each recipient receives a free trip along with one adult guardian and guest to Washington, D.C., a laptop, and a cash award of $10,000.

The eighth award is the Military Child of the Year® Award for Innovation. This award goes to a military child who has designed a bold and creative solution to address a local, regional, or global challenge. The recipient receives a $10,000 cash award, a laptop, a free trip along with one adult guardian and guest to Washington, D.C., and will meet with a team of Booz Allen employees for project support. Booz Allen Hamilton has presented this award and provided the experts for the last four years.

Recipients and their families will arrive in Washington, D.C., on April 5-6, 2021, for events, tours, and activities leading up to the Awards Gala. The gala will be held the evening of Thursday, April 8, 2021.


All applicants must meet each of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be a legal dependent of a service member or military retiree (Finalists must provide DEERS enrollment form)
  • Be between the ages of 13-18 at time of nomination
  • Be able to travel to Washington, D.C., to attend the MCOY Gala and other events (April 5-9, 2021)
  • Agree to a background check (if selected as finalist)
  • Provide letters of recommendation (if selected as a semifinalist)
  • Be willing to participate in media and donor opportunities


Parents, siblings, teachers, coaches, clergy, neighbors, grandparents, and anyone familiar with the child’s achievements.


Simply go to and click the Nominations tab. Nomination fields include when and how long a parent has deployed, number of family moves, Gold Star Family or EFMP status, whether a parent is a wounded service member, nominee’s volunteerism, and five short answers as to why the nominee is deserving.


Youth ages 13-18 may apply for the Innovation Award at during the application period. They are not required to be nominated by another person.


The nomination and application periods open September 15, 2020, and close December 7, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern.


Please visit our website,, and click (FAQs) frequently asked questions. The website provides a wealth of program details, including profiles of previous recipients. For further information, contact Jenny Valderas, Senior Director of Family Support Services, 210-760-7366 or




21 FSS is honored to post Trevor Romain’s “How to explain the CoronaVirus to Kids.” 

Trevor is a true friend to military youth and has made it his mission to provide educational and coping tools to military youth around the globe.  

Thank you, my friend, for allowing the 21FSS to post the following video for our youth. 

Click here to watch the video.



Anchored4Life is proud to announce their new E-Learning series — a series of live webinars focusing on A4L’s 10 core topics. Please review the information below, and share this information with teachers, Anchored4Life Team Leaders, parents, families, and anyone you believe would benefit from these sessions. See you there!


Are you wondering how you can keep your children engaged at home while we’re all having to isolate ourselves during the COVID-19?

If you are not used to educating your children at home – or even if you do home-school, here are some educational resources that might be helpful. Maybe inject a bit of fun into learning.

Have fun!


Most school districts are implementing Distance Learning opportunities on their websites.

For more information, call the A&FRC’s School Liaison Officer at 719-556-6141 or 719-556-7832.
Or send an email message to A&FRC org box –



MFLC’s Non-Medical Counseling for Youth Now Available by Video

School closures and the general uncertainty surrounding coronavirus disease 2019 have affected families everywhere. Children and teenagers who feel isolated from friends and activities may experience a particularly hard time.

Children show stress in different ways. Your child may act out, be sad or fearful, or show signs of low self-esteem. To help your child cope with changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, beginning March 24, 2020, Military OneSource will offer video non-medical counseling sessions for children and teenagers.

Click here for more information.

Click here for some resources of information on coping and about how to talk to children and teens before, during and after crises.

Five Minutes to Thrive: Coping with COVID-19



Congratulations on your upcoming assignment here at Peterson AFB in Colorado. My name is Ms. Victoria, and I am your Child & Youth Education Services Point of Contact (POC), or better known as the School Liaison (SL).

If you do have school-age children, it will be my pleasure to guide you and your family through all of the educational opportunities available within the ten School Districts throughout the Colorado Springs and bordering areas. I can also assist you with recreational activities and care options available here on the installation. 

(If you do not have any children who are school-age youth, please disregard this message.)

Please give me a call or send an email at your earliest convenience.  I am happy to assist.

Victoria H., School Liaison Office
719-556-6141 or 719-556-7832
 A&FRC org box –

The School Liaison Officer at Peterson AFB provides information on Colorado Springs school districts, acts as the liaison between the military community and school administrators, provides consultation services regarding school education, and provides transition information on other school districts for military members who are PCS-ing.

For more information, call 719-556-6141 or email:

STARBASE Academy – A Department of Defense Youth Program

DoD STARBASE focuses on elementary students, primarily fifth graders. The goal is to motivate them to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) as they continue their education. The academies serve students who are historically under-represented in STEM. Students who live in inner cities or rural locations, those who are socio-economically disadvantaged, low in academic performance or have a disability are in the target group. The program encourages students to set goals and achieve them.

STARBASE program information

Feeder Schools for Peterson AFB
Feeder schools are those that provide bus transportation from Peterson AFB to one of the three schools. Our feeder schools are:

Click here for kindergarten information and here for general enrollment information.

Colorado is a Choice State, which means you can place your child in another school outside the district or zone provided that the school has availability. For more information, go to

Regional Map of Local Schools

Online Tutor Available
Get online tutoring and career help for free. Certified, professional tutors and resources are available 24/7 for all subjects and all levels – K-12 students, college students and adult learners. Tutors only work with one student at a time. And it’s a safe, secure place to learn. Authorized users sign up online at

Before/After School Sitters, Homework Help, Last minute caregviers, School Holiday care — consider using Sittercity’s Military Program — The Department of Defense pays your Sittercity membership.  Go to for more information.  The DoD funds memberships for Army, Marine, Navy and Air Force families including active duty, Guard, and Reserve.

Military Child Education Resources
Here are several helpful websites for military families looking for good schools, for a checklist when their children transfer schools, and for those who have children with disabilities.

Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission
The compact addresses key educational transition issues encountered by military families including enrollment, placement, attendance, elgibility and graduation.

Great Schools – and

Two online resources for finding great schools. looks at parenting, academics, learning with disabilities, and more. gives the military family the ability to compare schools that are located in Colorado against each other. Colorado school grades provide accessible, easy-to-understand information about Colorado school performance. Learn more about the nonprofit coalition behind Colorado School Grades. Using the exact same variables and weights as the Colorado Department of Education’s School Performance Framework, we translate the state’s data into letter grades (A-F) for public schools.

School Quest –
An online resource for finding future schools for your child.

Military Child Education Coalition –                                                                                                                      
This link offers a great checklist for students who are transferring to and from schools.

IDEA – Building the Legacy: IDEA 2004
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. This site, hosted by the U.S. Department of Education, offers information for parents of infants and toddlers (birth -2) and children and youth (ages 3-21) with disabilities.

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