The School Liaison is the primary point of contact between the military installation, the local schools and school districts, transitioning families, and the community at large. The Navy School Liaison Officer (SL) program helps installation and regional commanders’ work with state departments and local school districts to foster awareness of the stressors on military families brought about by frequent transitions and extended deployments. These education professionals are located on all major Navy installations and serve as linkages between all military families and schools. Parents, educators and community members are encouraged to contact their local School Liaison Officer.
The Child and Youth Education Services program supports military families with seven cores services provided by the School Liaison:
- School Transition Services (PCS Cycle): School Liaisons assist families with school transfers and help “level the playing field” for military children and youth.
- Deployment Support: School Liaisons connect educators with the military deployment support system to inform them about the cycles of deployment and the tools available to assist educators in working with military children.
- Command, School, & Community Communications: School Liaisons serve as subject-matter experts for installation commanders on K-12 issues, helping to connect command, school and community resources.
- Home School Linkage and Support: School Liaisons assist military families by gathering and sharing information on homeschooling issues, policies and legislation from local school districts. They also help leverage military Child and Youth Program resources to support these families.
- Partnerships in Education (PIE): PIE creates a volunteer network of resources to support installation and community members who have a vested interest in the success of all youth.
- Post-Secondary Preparations: School Liaisons leverage installation and school resources to provide graduating military students with access to post-secondary information and opportunities.
- Special Needs System Navigation: School Liaisons provide information about installation and community programs and services, make referrals to the Exceptional Family Member Program, and offer assistance in navigating the administrative systems within local education agencies.
Public School Information
** Please note, it is the policy of the state of Pennsylvania that where you reside (your physical address) determines the school your children will attend.
Military families living in base housing will attend school in the Cumberland Valley School District. Information for this district, as well as links to the individual schools, can be found at https://www.cvschools.org.
Families not living in base housing who would like information about schools in other areas of Pennsylvania should contact the NSA Mechanicsburg School Liaison at 757-406-1083.
Public School Enrollment/Registration
Specific enrollment and registration information for the Cumberland Valley School District can be found at https://www.cvschools.org/about_us/central_registration. Medical information, required immunizations and forms are included. Families should complete the online registration forms first, then set up an in person appointment at the Central Registrar Office. Please contact the School Liaison for registration in surrounding school districts if residing off the installation.
Private School information
There are many private school options surrounding Cumberland County. Please conduct an internet search for private schools located in your desired city.
Home School Information
A notarized affidavit is required to be filed with the school district office where you reside.
Pennsylvania Department of Education Home instruction information:
Pennsylvania Homeschoolers Support Group Directory
An additional resource for military families choosing to home school. Home School Association fro Military Families.
K-12 Special Needs
If your child has special needs, an IEP, 504 or is need of special education services please, contact your School Liaison prior to arrival. Guidance for transfer of records and connection with proper school personnel can be facilitated to make the transition as smooth as possible.
Specific state law and resources for Pennsylvania can be found at
Special education information for Cumberland Valley School can be found at
Special Ed Connection
A free web-based resource available to Navy families, provides resources and tools that enable families to better understand special education requirements and available services.
https://www.SpecialEdConnection.com. Please contact your local School Liaison for login access.
Another free web-based resource, can assist with navigating the complexities of special education laws and procedures https://elibrary.cnic-n9portal.net/document-library/?id=815
Military OneSource offers assistance to families with special needs family members.
Specialized Training for Military Parents (STOMP)
Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)
Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Liaisons are located at Fleet and Family Support Centers and provide information and referral to help EFM families identify and access appropriate military, national and community resources. They assist in the navigation of EFMP related programs and systems and are responsible for:
- Provision of information, referral and systems navigation to special needs families
- Linking families with available military, national and local community resources
- Non-medical case management
- Development and maintenance of Individualized Service Plans (ISP)
- Partner with Military Treatment Facility (MTF) Coordinators to provide information, education and marketing
The Youth Sponsorship program is designed to assist young people in making the transition from one installation to another successfully. It is our goal to help incoming youth adjust and get connected with a youth sponsor at the installation. Youth Sponsors will provide information about area schools, attractions and the surrounding community. This program is created by and for youth with youth involvement in every aspect of the program. To apply for a youth sponsor please complete the request form and email it to your School Liaison.
Please go to https://www.navylifema.com/child-youth for regional information.
Our website so that parents can get on the waiting list for military childcare. https://militarychildcare.com/
For parents who cannot find care within our CYP. They must be registered on https://militarychildcare.com/ and on a waitlist to qualify. https://usa.childcareaware.org/fee-assistancerespite/
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the kindergarten age cutoff date? Age 5 by September 30.
- Do I have to live in the Zone where the school is located to attend? Yes.
- Do the local schools have talented and gifted programs? Most local schools have gifted an talented programs.
- Is there school choice or other school options in the area? School choice varies for each school district. Visit the desired school district website for their school choice options.
- What schedule does the local high school follow…traditional, block, A/B Block…? School schedules vary depending on the district. Visit the school district website for their specific school schedule.
For local Stem/PIE information, please contact the local School Liaison or visit https://www.onr.navy.mil/en/work-with-us
Naval Support Activity Mechanicsburg Relocation Assistance
Interstate Compact on Education Opportunity for Military Children
Military Dependent Scholarship List
Military School Liaisons (All branches)
Department of Defense Education Activity
The Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC)
National Military Family Association (NMFA)
Home Schooling Legal Defense Association
Military Impacted Schools Association
My Navy Portal (PCS Support)
For additional information, comments, and questions, please click here to contact SL.