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Student and Family Support (SFS)

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission (MIC3)

As a result of the passage of the Valor Act of 2012, Massachusetts became a member of the Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission or MIC3. In accordance with the Valor Act and MIC3, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is committed to provide support and assistance to the students of active duty military families. We work to ensure the timely enrollment and graduation of this mobile population.

Staff Contact:

Christine Cowen, Military Connected Student Specialist
Educational Stability Team, Office of Student and Family Support
Phone Number: 781-338-6301


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Purple Star Award Designation:

The Annual Purple Star Award Designation will be given to Massachusetts public schools who show a strong commitment to supporting military-connected students and their families. The Department will designate a school with a Purple Star Award that meets the criteria outlined below. Schools that earn the designation will receive a Purple Star Award recognition letter to display on site. The initial designation is awarded for a three-year cycle, upon which the school can complete a renewal application for the next cycle.

Application Process

The application windows to become a Class of 2024 Purple Star Award school are as follows.

Round two: Applications will be accepted starting on or around December 11, 2023 until Friday, March 1, 2024 at 5:00 pm. Awards will be announced tentatively in April 2024.

Informational Webinar(s)

Tuesday, December 5, 2023 from 1:00 to 2:30 Register Here

Monday, December 11, 2023 from 11:00 to 12:30 Register Here

This webinar will review the application and award process, as well as provide detailed information based on the criteria listed below.

Application Criteria

Criteria to be submitted for initial and renewal applications is as follows:

  • Military Liaison Contact Information
  • Number of Military-Connected Students identified; (data will depend upon if initial or renewal application)
  • Military Liaison- Processes and Implementation of Duties
  • Webpage address of resources specific in supporting military-connected students and their families
  • A student led activity (age appropriate) that supports military-connected students transitioning into the school
  • Professional Development attended by the Military Liaison and additional staff
  • Implementation of Professional Development
  • Plans and Strategies over the next three years
  • One Additional Qualifying Activity (resolution; event; and/or partnership)
  • Optional submission of supporting documentation

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Last Updated: November 16, 2023

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Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
135 Santilli Highway, Everett, MA 02149

Voice: (781) 338-3000
TTY: (800) 439-2370


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