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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 and Eligibility

All New Parent Support (NPS) services are FREE and part of your Navy benefits for parents with children zero-three years of age. All expecting and new parents are eligible, even if this is not your first baby. First priority is given to families with a deployed active duty member as well as single active duty members.

To enroll or access more information, contact the office at 619-556-8817 and ask for a New Parent Support Consultant.

NPS provides information, resource referrals, education, and home visiting services. Ask the San Diego NPS about the availability of a baby shower for your newest family addition.

Healthy Start Military Family Cluster & SAY San Diego offer "Dads on Duty" a program for military fathers with children aged zero to five years old. Sessions last for 6 weeks, twice a week. Free dinner is always provided, as well as free personal visits and screenings, free gas cards, free movies, and free childcare if needed. Groups fill up fast, so call 858-496-0044 or for more information.

The CNRSW Fleet & Family Support Center (FFSC) San Diego provides various workshops and information for new parents. The Effective Parenting class includes building positive communication skills, how and when to use effective discipline techniques, and encouraging your child to develop responsible and healthy attitudes.

Also, the Active Duty Pregnancy Resource Workshop, designed for pregnant active duty members, explains rights and responsibilities under the pertaining OPNAVINST(s) and provides the opportunity to learn about available resources and basic financial management. Call your FFSC for details.

In addition, Naval Medical Center's Health & Wellness Department provides the following workshops for new parents: Boot Camp for New Dads, Mom's Survival Training & Newborn Care, and Sibling class for new sisters and brothers. For more information, contact Navy Medical Center Pediatrics at 619-532-6896.


Associated Links

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

Navy Family Advocacy Program
Brief overview of FAP.

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.

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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