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New Parent Support Program

Navy New Parent Support Home Visitation Program

The New Parent Support Home Visitation Program is an early intervention service for families who are expecting or have one or more children under the age of 4. The program is designed to meet the needs of expectant active-duty military service members, their spouses and other dependents. It offers comprehensive early intervention services that include maternal and infant health education, parent and child bonding techniques, positive parenting practices, child development and child safety education. The New Parent Support Home Visitation Program enhances a military family's quality of life by empowering them to meet the challenges of parenthood while maintaining a military lifestyle.

Program highlights

  • Home visitation delivers parent education and coaching in the intimate setting of the participants' home.
  • The Nurturing Parenting Program uses evidence-based curriculum to promote child safety, nurturing attitudes and healthy parenting beliefs and practices.
  • Child development education helps parents establish healthy parenting practices through the understanding of child developmental stages and milestones.
  • Father Outreach Initiative supports military fathers in enhancing their knowledge of healthy parenting practices and strengthens father and child bonding during the deployment cycle.
  • Infant massage teaches parents to understand their babies' cues and learn new strategies to relieve their babies' discomfort while strengthening parent and child bonding.

Parenting can be fun! Childhood is a special time of watching a young life grow, exploring and finding excitement in many things. In this program, parents will experience fun, closeness and enjoyment in growing together. A home visitor assesses each family, so sessions can be tailor-made to fit individual interests and needs. Parents and their children receive a sequence of lessons and activities in home-based sessions. The home visitor works with each family, promoting positive parent-child relationships, improving parental knowledge and skills and fostering healthy child development. The program partners with other key community services, such as community health agencies, hospitals, social workers and educators to provide a rich and comprehensive resource base for families.

Home visitors
The Navy New Parent Support Program home visitor team includes educators with experience in maternal and infant child health, child development, OB-GYN, pediatrics or other public health professions. Home visitors have a bachelor's or equivalent degree in education, nursing, social work, marriage and family therapist or child and family-related studies, and many have additional training. All home visitors, in accordance with DODINST 1402.5 and PERS letter 1754 Ser 660/173, who have regular contact alone with children under 18, undergo a criminal background check.

All home visitors have been trained to deliver the Nurturing Parenting Program©. This program has been empirically proven to help new parents learn positive and fun strategies that make families successful. The author and creator of this program, Stephen Bavolek, Ph.D., has consulted with the Navy New Parent Support Home Visitation Program to develop materials and information relevant to today's military family. Dr. Bavolek personally teaches the Nurturing Parenting Program© philosophy and program to Navy home visitors so they can best serve military families.

Service members and their family members who are eligible to receive treatment in a military treatment facility are eligible for Navy New Parent Support Home Visitation Program services. Families with a deployed, active-duty member have priority. Every service member or family member who is expecting a child or is the parent of children between birth to age 3 can be screened and assessed for home visitation services. Families who are not eligible for home visitation services are able to participate in program-sponsored group activities at the Fleet and Family Support Center.

Getting started
Contact your local Fleet and Family Support Center to find out more about home visitation and related resources in your area. If a home visitor is available, he or she will screen your family and determine what resources would be the best fit. If a home visitor is not available, the Fleet and Family Support Center can offer information and referral resources in your community. For more information, visit the Navy New Parent Support Program Overview.

Installation Specific Information

New Parent Support Program Home Visitation Team members are attached to every Fleet and Family Support Center in Hampton Roads.

This program is designed to assist the expectant or new parents with parenting and military lifestyle challenges. There are two levels of services:

  • Level I - information and referral services.
  • Level II - provides home visitation including family support, developmental screening of children, parent/home education as well as information and referral services.

For more information on the NPSP and other resources that might be available, call the FFSC at 757-444-2102.

Budgeting for Baby

The Navy Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) has ‘Budgeting for Baby', a two-hour class to help prepare families financially for the arrival of a new baby. Upon completion of the class, participants will receive a "Junior Seabag" which contains over $75 worth of items for your newborn including a handmade blanket and sweater set. Budgeting for Baby is open to all ranks of Navy, Marine Corp and Coast Guard expectant parents and is not limited to first pregnancies.

NS Norfolk: Classes are held monthly. To register for the class, contact the NMCRS at 757-322-1182.

NAS Oceana: Classes are held 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month. To register for the class, contact the NMCRS at 757-433-3383.

NAB Little Creek: Classes are held 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month. To register for the class, contact the NMCRS at 757-462-1596.

NWS Yorktown: Classes held by appointment, please call NMCR Norfolk 757-322-1182 and specify Yorktown.

Evening classes are available at Little Creek and Norfolk - call for dates and times.

NMC Portsmouth: Classes are held monthly. To register for the class, contact the NMCRS at 757-953-5956.

Visiting Nurse

The Navy Marine Corps Relief Society's (NMCRS) Visiting Nurse Program offers home visits to military families with a new baby, which includes an initial assessment for both mom and baby. Each visit is approximately 30 -45 minutes and tailored to the needs of mother & child. For more information or to schedule a visit, contact NMCRS Norfolk 757-322-1182 or NMC Portsmouth 757-953-9584/5814.

Associated Links

Zero to Three -- Early childhood information
Learn about early child development.

Navy Family Advocacy Program
Brief overview of FAP.

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
Find information on a wide variety of topics related to new parents, parents of toddlers and preschoolers and preventing child abuse and neglect.

National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome
Education and information on Shaken Baby Syndrome.

MCH Library
An Online Directory for Finding Community Services for Children and Families

Child Welfare Information Gateway
Important information on Dad's influence on child development.

Fleet and Family Support Center
Provides information on Navy family issues.

Beneficiary Counseling Assistance Coordinator
A BCAC educates beneficiaries, and enhances a thorough understanding of TRICARE programs.

Navy Official Home Page
Generally applicable service wide information.

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