New Parent Support Program
- NPSP Overview
The New Parent Support Program (NPSP) promotes healthy Families through a variety of services including home visits, support groups, and parenting classes. We help Soldiers and Families learn to cope with stress, isolation, post-deployment reunions, and the everyday demands of parenthood. Army Families who are expecting a child or who have children up to age three can participate in all of our services confidentially and free of charge.
Each installation has developed unique New Parent Support Program services that include:
- Home visits: Scheduled at your convenience, home visits bring you education and reassurance right to your own home on many topics, including breastfeeding, sleeping, nutrition, potty training, age-appropriate discipline, developmental screenings, sibling rivalry, stress management, deployment issues, and time management. NPSP-Home Visitors are supportive and caring licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs) or registered nurses (RNs). They have extensive experience working with young children and are sensitive to your unique challenges as a military Family.
- Expectant Parent Workshop: Helps to provide valuable information about pregnancy and postpartum health, basic infant care, infant massage, parenting skills, safety, discipline, stress management, deployment issues, and community resources.
- Play groups: Scheduled regularly at installations, they help children learn through play in a supportive atmosphere that benefits parents as well. Activities include story time, crafts, and music.
- Military Homefront: A free weekly parenting email with support, tips and advice, updates about your baby’s developmental milestones, and other great information curated just for you.
Contact your installation Army Community Service (ACS) Family Advocacy Program for more information. You can also call Military OneSource for more information and referrals (CONUS: +1 (800)342-9647; OCONUS: 00-800-3429-6477; To call collect with operator assistance OCONUS: +1 (484)530-5908.
Parenting Academy: Are you looking to sharpen your parenting skills and have a great relationship with your children? Fort Gordon Army Community Service, Family Advocacy Program and New Parent Support presents workshops covering different aspects of raising children. Presented by experts in the field, these seminars can be beneficial for first-time parents as well as seasoned parents. Topics apply to young as well as older children. Child care and a light meal is provided. Register for one or all sessions.
Marriage and Relationship Enrichment Seminar: This series of seminars focuses on couples and taking your relationship to the next level. Topics cover a range of relationship issues such as building intimacy, rebuilding trust, communication, dealing with finances and other essential areas key to a healthy relationship. Child care and a light meal is provided. Register for one or all sessions.
Newborn Care Class: If you are expecting a new addition or if you will be caring for a new baby, NPS Newborn Care Class will help you learn the essentials. Learn how to diaper, feed, comfort and understand the wants and needs of a newborn as well as gain confidence as a new parent in this class. Free resources are provided. Registration is required. 1:1 sessions offered.
Infant Massage Instruction: A certified IM instructor will provide parents instruction on Infant Massage benefits, strokes, relaxation exercises and colic reduction routines. Parents provide the loving touch and the instructor coaches them thru the techniques. IM has numerous benefits for children, parents and society in general. Registration is required. Talk to an NPSP team member to learn more. Offered quarterly and 1:1 sessions.
- Core Services
1:1 Parenting Support: Licensed Clinical Social Workers with NPSP (NPSP SW) are available to expectant parents and parents with children under 4 years of age to provide support around any parenting concern or issue. NPSP SWs can meet with parents in their home or in our office setting.
NPSP SWs are able to provide teaching on several popular parenting curriculum – including Screamfree Parenting, Baby Signs, Infant Massage Instruction, Transparenting, Happiest Baby on the Block concepts and much more.
- Family Bonding Activities
Storytime Series: A series offered at special holidays (MLK, Veteran's Day, Child Abuse Prevention Month, Memorial Day, etc.) that commemorates those events and celebrates the art of storytelling. There's a special guest for the story reading and, books are given away to those who attend. Registration is required.
Craft Days: Special occasions such as Mother’s Day and Father's Day are celebrated by hosting a Craft Night where children can create a craft project to gift to their parents. Supplies, ideas and assistance are provided by NPSP. Registration is required.
Holiday Events: Thanksgiving and December holidays are celebrated with a special event that involves puppet shows, crafts and other fun activities. Registration is required.
- Outreach Events
Educational Baby Shower: If you are an expectant couple please contact us for more information on our quarterly Baby Showers. This is an opportunity for us to honor our expectant service members and their families. Prizes, information, resources and lots of fun and games are part of the agenda! Space is very limited, call us for more information. Offered quarterly.
NPSP Tots and Toddlers Playgroup: Come join the NPSP Tots and Toddlers Playgroup; a fun-filled group focused on child development, bonding and sharing. There are age groups for families with children from newborns to 36 months. Registration is required. You must be registered with CYS and have immunization records. Weekly sessions are offered throughout the year.
- Support Groups
Breastfeeding Support Group: Come meet other breastfeeding mothers and babies, and receive support and information around common breastfeeding challenges. Prenatal women are encouraged to join the group if they are considering breastfeeding to build a supportive network and receive helpful information regarding common breastfeeding challenges. Babies are welcome and must have proof of immunization records. The group meets the third Tuesday of every month from 1 to 3 p.m. at the FOC.
- Resource Library
Links to additional resources:
Hours of Operation
|Monday||7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.|
|Tuesday||7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.|
|Wednesday||7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.|
|Thursday||7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.|
|Friday||7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.|
The Fort Gordon New Parent Support Program (NPSP) offers a wide range of informative, fun and supportive programs for parents.
The mission of NPSP is to prevent child abuse and neglect. We work toward that mission by offering programing that helps to build strong, healthy, connected and stable military families.
NPSP is not just for "new" parents – our core services are available for expectant parents and parents with young children. In addition we have classes, family bonding events and other services open to parents with children of any age. Our program can be used by members of any branch of service, regardless of their military status.
Let us walk with you on your parenting journey!