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New Parent Support Program

 

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!

 

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Building Strong and Resilient Military Families by Promoting Positive Parent-Child Relationships

The Army’s New Parent Support Program helps Soldiers and Family members who are expecting a child or have a child or children up to 3 years of age build strong, resilient military Families. Through a variety of supportive services including home visits, support groups, and parenting classes, the NPSP teaches ways to cope with stress, isolation, military transitions such as deployments and post-deployment reunions, and the everyday demands of parenthood. Please contact your Installation Army Community Service Center, Family Advocacy Program for more information and the opportunity to speak with an NPSP Staff Member.

 

NPSP Helpful Links

 

Parenting Resources

 

Parenting Organizations

 

NPSP: Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q: Who is eligible?

A: All Soldiers and Family members expecting a child or with children from birth to 3 years are eligible to participate free of charge in NPSP services. Also eligible are activated Reservists, Retirees, and their Families.

 

Q: Who are the NPSP staff?

A: The NPSP staff are 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. Other staff members may include Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFTs) who may also serve as home visitors and administrative support staff.

 

Q: What can the NPSP do for me?

A: The NPSP offers a variety of programs and services to support you and your Family in becoming and staying strong and resilient, including:

Home Visits: NPSP home visitors provide information and 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, such as infant sleeping, breastfeeding, nutrition, potty training, age-appropriate discipline, developmental screenings, sibling rivalry, stress management, deployment/reunion challenges, time management, parental self-care and other topics. Visits may be provided in the comfort of your home or in an NPSP office setting. Home visits may be scheduled at your convenience.

Playgroups:  Playgroups allow moms, dads, and their children to join other young children and their parents in a child-centered setting for a few hours each week for children to interact and learn through play. The activity also provides an opportunity for parents to network, learn and share experiences with each other and NPSP staff regarding the parenting of young children in a military environment. During the group setting, the NPSP staff may focus on nurturing activities, interpersonal skill building exercises, role modeling, and age-appropriate exercises that involve parents and their children. Playgroups may bring military Families with young children together, combating the isolation that many parents may feel. They are open to all military Families with young children at no cost.

Parenting Classes: NPSP offers scheduled parenting classes and support groups, which may differ by location, on a variety of topics, including child development, proper nutrition, well-baby care, Shaken Baby Syndrome, “The Period of Purple Crying,” safe infant sleeping awareness, Boot Camp for Dads, infant massage, post-partum depression, child and home safety, discipline, stress management, problem solving, decision making, parenting during military transitions, and blended Families.

 

Q: Are the services confidential?

A: Yes, information shared with NPSP home visitors is confidential. However, exceptions do exist to protect you, your children, and others’ safety. 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.

 

Q: How do we enroll?

A: Please contact your installation Army Community Service (ACS), Family Advocacy Program, New Parent Support Program office to enroll in services today. You can also call Military OneSource for more information and referrals:

Classes

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. 1:1 sessions offered. Talk to an NPSP team member to learn more.

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.

Playgroups

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

 

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More Community Support

Virtual Perinatal Support Group

Jul 6 11 am - 11:45 am
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Healthy Relationship Class: PREP 8.0

Jul 6 1 pm - 3 pm
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Chat-N-Stroll

Jul 8 9 am - 10 am

Lunch and Learn

Jul 19 12 pm - 12:30 pm
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Stress & Anger Management Class

Jul 21 1 pm - 4 pm
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Two Homes, One Heart: A Co-Parenting Class

Jul 26 12 pm - 4 pm
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Parent Information Sessions

Aug 16 9 am - 11 am

Healthy Relationship Class: "Within My Reach"

Aug 17 1 pm - 3 pm
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