Military Reach

Military REACH is a project of the University of Minnesota REACH Lab. The University of Minnesota REACH Lab is a premier Center focused on conducting applied research and evaluation to inform the design and implementation of community and systems strategies to enhance the lives of children, youth, and families.

What We Do

Since 2001, United States military families have experienced increased mobility and significant adaptations to modern military life. Military REACH was created in response to the need of policymakers, community leaders, educators, youth development professionals, and other helping professionals to have access to relevant and current research, training, coaching tools, and information to support military Service members and their families.

The Department of Defense, in partnership with the USDA, created the Military-Extension Partnership to effectively reach a growing military population living off-installations in the civilian community. This partnership is aimed at accomplishing three primary objectives to address the emerging needs of military families:

  • Increasing and strengthening community capacity in support of military families,
  • Increasing professional and workforce development opportunities for those working with military families, and
  • Expanding and strengthening family, childcare and youth development programs.

Military REACH, a project of the DoD/USDA Military-Extension Partnership, utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach integrating both Research and Outreach to support those who work with and on behalf of military families. Through our three-fold approach, we provide empirical research that identifies and addresses key issues impacting military families and the programs that serve them, offer outreach and professional development through online resources, and host a Live Learning Lab for program staff seeking constructive professional development feedback for their programs.

Who We Are


Virtual Lab School - Ohio State University

Clearing House for Military Family Readiness - Penn State University

United States Department of Defense

United States Department of Agriculture