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New Parent Support Program

New Parent Support ProgramThe Army’s New Parent Support Program is a key secondary prevention program within the Family Advocacy Program which falls under the umbrella of Army Community Service. Established in 1995, this voluntary participation program helps Soldiers and Family members who are expecting a child, or have a child or children up to 3 years of age, to build strong, healthy military families. Through a variety of supportive services including home visits, support groups and parenting classes, the NPSP helps Soldiers and Families learn to cope with stress, isolation, post-deployment reunions and the everyday demands of parenthood.



New Parent Support Program Resources
Home Visits Play Groups Parenting Classes
NPSP-Home Visitors provide guidance regarding child development and answer questions related to your baby, young children, family relationships and parenting techniques. Home Visitors provide education on a variety of topics to include: breastfeeding, sleeping, nutrition, potty training, age appropriate discipline, developmental screenings, sibling rivalry, stress management, deployment issues and time management, among other topics. Home visits will be scheduled at your convenience. Playgroups allow mom, dads and their children to come together for a few hours each week to play in a group setting. Activities include story time, crafts, and music. Playgroups give children interaction with each other and bring parents together, combating the isolation that many feel. It is open to all military families with young children. NPSP regularly offers scheduled parenting classes and support groups on a variety of topics, including pregnancy and post-partum, breastfeeding, safety, discipline, stress management and deployment/post-deployment.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's):

Who is Eligible?

All Soldiers and Family members expecting a child or with children from birth to 3 years of age are eligible to participate FREE of charge in NPSP services.

Who are the Program Staff?

NPSP-Home Visitors are supportive and caring licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs) or registered nurses (RNs) who have extensive experience working with Families and young children and are sensitive to the unique challenges faced by military Families.

What Can the NPSP Do for Me?

The NPSP offers a variety of programs and services to support you and your family in building a strong, healthy family, including:
Home Visits – NPSP-Home Visitors provide guidance regarding child development and answer questions related to your baby, young children, family relationships and parenting techniques. Home Visitors provide education on a variety of topics to include: breastfeeding, sleeping, nutrition, potty training, age appropriate discipline, developmental screenings, sibling rivalry, stress management, deployment issues and time management, among other topics. Home visits will be scheduled at your convenience.
Playgroups – Playgroups allow mom, dads and their children to come together for a few hours each week to play in a group setting. Activities include story time, crafts, and music. Playgroups give children interaction with each other and bring parents together, combating the isolation that many feel. It is open to all military families with young children.
Parenting Classes – NPSP regularly offers scheduled parenting classes and support groups on a variety of topics, including pregnancy and post-partum, breastfeeding, safety, discipline, stress management and deployment/post-deployment.
Other Installation Classes and Activities – Each installation has developed a unique NPSP Program; check with your installation FAP office for more information about available classes, support groups and home visitation services.

Are the Services Confidential?

Yes, information shared with NPSP-Home Visitors is confidential. However, exceptions do exist to protect your safety, the safety of your children, and other individuals. As licensed professionals, all NPSP-Home Visitors have a duty to warn if they believe an individual may harm themselves or others. NPSP-Home Visitors are also mandated reporters of child abuse. As such, they must report any suspicion of child abuse and/or neglect to the appropriate resources. During your first meeting with your NPSP-Home Visitor, you are encouraged to discuss confidentiality, and these exceptions, with your home visitor.

How Do We Enroll?

Contact your installation Army Community Service (ACS) Family Advocacy Program to enroll in services today. You can also call Military OneSource for more information and referrals (CONUS: 800-342-9647; OCONUS: 00-800-3429-6477; To call collect with operator assistance OCONUS: 484-530-5908).

Contact your installation Army Community Service (ACS) Family Advocacy Program to enroll in services today. You can also call Military OneSource for more information and referrals (CONUS: 800-342-9647; OCONUS: 00-800-3429-6477; To call collect with operator assistance OCONUS: 484-530-5908).



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New Parent Program Supports Child Development Needs

DOD LogoWASHINGTON, April 15, 2015 – For many new or expecting parents, the stress of navigating the needs and developmental milestones of an infant or toddler can rival that of deployments.

But a well-established program not only provides many resources to help untangle the parental requirements of understanding the critical first three years of a child’s life, but also brings child care experts right into military families’ homes, Barbara Thompson, director of DoD’s Office of Family Readiness Policy, said in a recent DoD News interview. April is the Month of the Military Child.

Sponsored by the Family Advocacy Program, the New Parent Support Program is DoD’s secondary prevention resource designed for Army, Air Force and Navy parents who have a child under age 3 and Marine Corp parents with a child under age 5.



NPSP Impact:

Program SuccessArmy mom’s life was saved through the interaction with her NPS home visitor: “About two months ago, I was participating in a group of classes called “Mommy and Daddy Boot Camp” with my husband, Sgt. Sean Sweeney at Fort Lee, Va. One morning before the next class was to begin - I woke up more swollen than normal. Elaine Sexton, RN, and our home visitor, took me aside after the class and told me to call my doctor to schedule an emergency appointment since I was showing signs of preeclampsia.” Cpl. Gretchen M. Sweeney shared this story in a recent article on the NPSP Program: Read More 



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Helpful Links:

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