Understanding Military Kids Webinars

Webinar Series

If you are an educator or child care professional, your work may bring you into contact with military children. (You might not even realize it! Do you ask?) Ever wonder about the special challenges those children and families might be facing? Or how things might look a little differently through their eyes? How you might get the most out of your interactions with them?

A series of webinars sponsored by Purdue Extension, Operation: Military Kids and the Military Family Research Institute is available here. Each 90-minute session will feature a presentation on a specific topic or aspect of dealing with children in military families, and conclude with a question-and-answer session from the orginal webinar.

The series is an excellent way for child care providers to obtain staff development contact hours required for licensing and the Paths to Quality™ child care rating system. 


  • Kathy Broniarczyk – Director of Outreach for the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University
  • Christy Flynn – Outreach Specialist at the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University
  • Dr. Karen Petty – Interim Chair and Professor of Child Development, Department of Family Sciences at Texas Woman’s University
  • Ryan Wynkoop – Indiana’s State Coordinator for Operation Military Kids
  • Dreama Plybon (Dee) Love – Human Development Extension Specialist, Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Purdue University.