PLATTEVILLE — The Platteville Public Library has received a collection of resources for military families from Wisconsin Public Television Supports Military Kids, a cooperative effort led by Wisconsin Public Television.
The resources are designed to help military families with preschool children stay connected during military deployment and to relieve stress during times of tremendous change and uncertainty.
Wisconsin Public Television Supports Military Kids is a cooperative project by WPT, Wisconsin Operation Military Kids (4-H), UW–Extension Family Living Programs, and Wisconsin Library Association.
The cooperative project provides activities and resources to help mitigate the stresses of deployment on the nearly 14,500 Wisconsin kids in military families. Many of these families are in Wisconsin’s most rural communities, geographically separated from the support of a military installation. This project focuses resources on the youngest members of a family, 2- to 5-year-olds who do not benefit from existing programs that are mainly directed toward school-age children.
Wisconsin Public Television Supports Military Kids resources include:
• Talk, Listen, Connect: Deployments, Homecomings, Changes, a bilingual multimedia project from Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, to help military families cope from pre-deployment to homecoming and through the physical or emotional injuriesthat can change a family post-deployment.
• FamiliesNearAndFar.org, a free bilingual social networking website designed to help bring military families closer together.
• Military family aid and support materials, including financial assistance for child care.
• Books for children, including H is for Honor, The Feelings Book, and I Miss You Every Day.
All resources are now available. Parents can ask their librarian for the exact location in the library.
“Without a centralized military base, Wisconsin Guard and Reserve families may not be aware of the many resources available to them,” said Lynne Blinkenberg, WPT director of community engagement. “Wisconsin PBS Kids Support Military Families is proud to bring together state and national resources that will benefit military families for years to come.”