Dear Friends interested in military children, throughout the past three years we promised that when our study was done we would share the finding. We had the opportunity to brief senior military leadership based in Hawaii on the "Military Child in Hawaii" study. We presented both findings and recommendations. The feedback was very positive and we left with a sense that there is a new era of collaboration between the military and the Department of Education that is encouraging and exciting.
If you are interested in seeing the briefing materials, the full report and/or the recommendations please click on the links in the nagivation bar on your right.
For those who gave their time to participate in the survey, meet or work with us we thank you most sincerely. We hope that this report helps benefit military children and all children.
Robert, Wm Blum MD, MPH, PhD
This project allowed us to gain insights into the attitudes, issues, concerns and experiences of parents and their children to create a better Hawaii experience for military families.
Information were gathered in two ways:
- A computer survey on a range of issues. Separate surveys will be available for parents and children, ages 8–12 and 13–18.
- Focus groups with a smaller number of parents and young people.
The computer-based survey and focus group qualitative results were analyzed by type of school (public, private, parochial or home) and grade groups (elementary, middle and high school).
Positive and negative social and behavioral experiences were analyzed by age, gender, branch of service, external supports, services utilized, installation and type of school setting.
- To identify the beliefs and perceptions of military families regarding educational opportunities in Hawaii.
- To understand sources of information used by military families to make choices about the best educational match for their child.
- To provide in-depth information from parents and students regarding the quality of education they experience in a variety of settings.
- To provide "actionable" information to USPACOM to improve programs and services for children, youth and parents.
For more information, please contact the principal researcher or the study director:
Robert Wm. Blum, Principal Researcher
Kristin Mmari, Study Director
Supported through a contract with the US Pacific Command