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New Parent Support Program

General Program Description

The New Parent Support Program offers information, support and guidance to military families who are expecting a child or have a child 3 years old or younger. Services are provided free of charge to eligible families. Program staff provides support in the areas of pregnancy, labor and delivery, infant and toddler care and safety, growth and development, parenting and family relationships through home visits, classes, support groups and referrals to community services. New Parent Support Program staff understands the impact that military life can have on expectant and new families and assists families in coping with these special situations. Program services are tailored to each family's unique circumstances and can help with preparing for parenthood, parenting skills, understanding growth and development, couple communication and stress management.

Staff Qualifications

New Parent Support Program services are provided by registered nurses, licensed social workers and parent educators.

Eligibility

Program services are available to military families with an expectant parent or with children 3 years of age or younger.

Enrollment

To get more information, contact your installation's Family Advocacy Program office. Find your installation on MilitaryINSTALLATIONS and select ‘Family Advocacy Program’ from the drop-down menu. You will find contact information specific to your installation on that page.

Installation Specific Information

NPSP Eligibility

All military Families (including single soldiers) who are expecting a baby or who have children from 0 - 3 years of age (up to 36 months old) are eligible for NPSP services. This program offers expectant parents and parents of newborns and young children the opportunity to improve their parenting knowledge, skills and confidence The New Parent Support Program is a reliable source for answers to your parenting questions in the privacy of your home.

Interested families may contact the New Parent Support Program at 254-287-2286 and enroll right over the phone.

Think You're Not a "New" Parent?

Even if you've been raising your Family for a few years, new ages and stages of development bring different challenges. Even if you have older children, you continue to be eligible for NPSP if you are expecting a baby or have a child who is 36 months old or younger.

Is This Your First Baby or a New Addition?

Often adding a new baby presents a real change in the family whether this is your first baby or a new addition. Demands on your time are different with more than one child in your home, and demands of a newborn can be overwhelming.

Sometimes the marital relationship is stressed because of differences in parenting styles and attitudes. NPSP can help you to address some of these issues and open the lines of communication.

Home Visits

Home visits are arranged, when possible, at your convenience. Families can schedule visits so that both parents can be present to learn about being a parent or acquiring new skills in caring for a growing Family.

Are You Ready to Enroll?

It's as easy as dialing your telephone. Just give us a call during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at 254-287-2286.

Services Include

Home Visits

Meet with a professional who can answer your questions, bring you information, and talk to you about your concerns as a parent or soon-to-be parent in the privacy of your own home.

Parenting Education

NPSP offers parenting education through home visitation. Your home visitor will work with you on the parenting topics and issues of concern to your family in order to meet your individual needs.

Play Mornings

Our playgroups offer opportunities each week to meet other parents while children socialize, learn and join in play activities. Staff provides fun and age appropriate play for young children from 0-36 months of age.

Classes:

  • Infant Massage Class
  • Pregnancy and Postpartum PT (for pregnant and postpartum soldiers only)
  • Shaken Baby Syndrome Awareness Class
  • Dad's 101/ Boot Camp for New Dads
  • Safe Sleep
  • Parenting Young Children Information and Support Group
  • Play Morning every Wednesday, held at the Bronco Youth center from 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

For additional information on the play mornings or classes listed above, or to sign up, please contact the Fort Hood New Parent Support Program at 254-287-2286.


Associated Links

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United States Army Recruiting Command Soldier and Family Assistance Programs
Public web site for all Army recruiting command needs.

Army Installation Management Command
Link is helpful in order to gain information about local and Army-wide initiatives.

Army Family Advocacy Program
Find basic information on the New Parent Support Program.

American Academy of Pediatrics Parenting Corner
Features topics of interest to parents such as car safety seat guidelines, immunization information, common childhood illnesses, ADHD, books of interest and much more.

Center for Disease Control
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National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome
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Child Welfare Information Gateway
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Beneficiary Counseling Assistance Coordinator
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