New Parent Support Program
620 John Paul Jones Circle
Portsmouth, VA 23708
Phone (DSN) 377-7829
Fax (DSN) 377-6092
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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