When dad or mom, or both, go to war, the people on the home front have more resources to help the kids left behind than in generations past. Part of that is the Military Child Education Coalition, which is putting on training around the state for school psychologists and social workers.
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At a Springfield session, one man who is a reservist, father, and state representative was the keynote. State Rep. Jim Watson (R-Jacksonville) says school professionals must be proactive. “I’m not sure that a child’s going to say, ‘I’m really sad that my dad’s gone’ – or ‘my mom’s gone.’ They just have to look for it,” he said. Illinois’ regional superintendents of schools organized the training.