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. Offered quarterly and 1:1 sessions.
CPR Certification: A certified instructor provides CPR training focused on adult, child and infant CPR and first aid. Successful completion of the program provides a 2-year certification thru the American Heart Association. Registration is required. Offered quarterly.
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
Daddy N' Me Series: A series focused on the fact that "every day is Father’s Day". Dads have a huge impact on children growing up emotionally healthy and strong. This series facilitates father-child bonding by providing fun activities that fathers can engage in with their kids (Splish-Splash Fun, Sundae-Fun day, Bowling, etc.). Registration is required. Offered monthly.
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.
Family Game Night Series: In partnership with the Woodworth Library NPSP hosts a series of events that promotes family bonding through play. Each session will focus on a particular game – i.e. Twister, Bingo, Card games, Jenga, etc. Win prizes with fun and friendly competition for the whole family. Registration is required. Offered quarterly.
Create With Me: Art instruction for children is provided by the Morris Museum of Art. This is an existing program at the Morris that is being "taken on the road" to Fort Gordon families. It uses the Morris collection as inspiration for participants to complete their own art projects (found object art, collage and other themes each session). Free passes to the museum may be available. Registration is required. Offered monthly.
Craft Night: 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.
Reach Out and Read: Join us in June for our big Summer Festival in collaboration with the DDEAMC Family Medicine, Community Care Clinic. This event is focused on literacy with story readings, crafts, games and lots of giveaways. It's fun for the whole family. Registration is required. This is an annual event.
Parent Expo: A fun expo for parents and kids alike hosted by NPSP each April. Parents can get acquainted with community partners who can provide information and resources. The event features lots of giveaways and fun activities for kids. Registration is required. This is an annual event.
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 4 age groups for families with children from newborns to 48 months. Registration is required. You must be registered with CYS and have immunization records. Weekly sessions are offered throughout the year.
Delight in Me: A Play/attachment group: A structured therapeutic playgroup for parents and children to promote attachment, self-esteem, trust and joyful engagement. The group is especially beneficial for families dealing with challenging behaviors. You must be able to commit to all sessions. Registration is required. The program is offered quarterly.
- Support Groups
Family Support Group: A monthly support group for parents with young children. This is an opportunity for parents to engage in discussion facilitated by experts on a variety of common parenting challenges. Each month an issue such as potty training, tips on feeding picky eaters, discipline, helping service members reconnect with their child after separation and other topics are covered. Parents have a chance to network with one another as well as receive support and information from experts. The group meets at the Family Outreach Center (FOC) the second Friday of every month from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Child care may be available. Registration is required.
Active Duty Support Group: A group specifically for Active Duty parents to share and receive support. The group focuses on balancing the unique challenges of being an active duty service member and parent (Work-Life balance, self-care, making the most of your quality time and other topics). This group meets every first Thursday of the month at the FOC from 12 to 12:45 pm. Registration is not required.
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.
Perinatal Yoga Support Group: Certified Yoga Instructors facilitate a Perinatal Yoga class aimed at reducing Perinatal Depression and Anxiety. Prenatal mothers and post-partum mothers (babies who attend must be pre-mobile) are encouraged to participate. Free resources are provided and you must be able to commit to all sessions. Psycho education on sleep, anxiety reduction techniques, breathing techniques, yoga postures and movements and relaxation exercises are covered. Offered quarterly, registration required.
- Resource Library
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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!