- In 2011, the University of New Hampshire 4-H started the “Purple Up! For Military Kids” initiative and is now celebrated nation-wide. Wearing the color purple is a visible way to show support and thank military youth for their courage and sacrifices.
- The color purple was chosen and symbolizes all branches of the military, it is a combination of Army green, Marine Corps scarlet, and Coast Guard, Air Force, and Navy blue.
- The goal of “Purple Up! For Military Kids” is for military youth to SEE the support of their schools, after school programs, youth groups, Child Development Centers, Family Child Care Homes and the entire community. This year “Purple Up! For Military Kids” will officially be celebrated on 3 April 23.
- The national celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). This fun-filled week celebrates young children and their families with hands-on, collaborative activities encouraging movement and healthy lifestyles through music, food and art.
- Army CYS Youth will connect teens using virtual or in-person formats, as determined by garrison command approval and HPCON level
- Youth from Army CYS Youth programs worldwide will meet for one 24-hour period to discuss key issues that affect military youth across the services.
- Free virtual workshop and materials for families
1-30 April YLBS Contest
The Young Lives, BIG Stories contest gives Army-connected children and youth ages 3 through grade 12 the chance to tell their story about what it means to be a military child through drawings and written or audio/video submissions. This annual contest runs during April, the Month of the Military Child (MOMC). Children and youth have the opportunity to win great prizes.
For more information, and to enter this year’s Young Lives, BIG Stories contest
3 April- Purple Up! For Military Kids
1-7 April - Week of the Young Child (WYOC)
Week of the Young Child (WYOC) is the national celebration sponsored by National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). This fun-filled week celebrates early learning, young children, teachers, families, and communities with hands-on, collaborative activities encouraging movement and healthy lifestyles through music, food, and art.
28-29 April - Operation Megaphone (OMP)
1-30 April - World Autism Month
1-30 April - Teachstone Meaningful Interactions at Home