The New Parent Support Program (NPSP) is a professional team of social workers, counselors, and registered nurses who provide education and support to Marine families who are expecting or raising children aged 0 -5 years old. The NPSP also hosts baby boot camp and group parenting classes, playgroups, and home visits for Marines and their families.
Maybe you have a simple question about your child or you've gotten so many different answers to your question, you aren't sure which is "right." Maybe you want to set boundaries for your child and your spouse has different boundaries they would like to set. Maybe, just maybe, you have been listening to fussing and/or ‘toddler-ese’ all day and simply need some ‘grown-up’ conversation. Whether it's pregnancy, infant hood, toddler hood or beyond, the New Parent Support Program is your "go to." Having someone there to help ease those stressors and worries can be a "lifesaver!" Whether you're a first time parent or a last time parent, or even an in-between parent, the New Parent Support staff is here for you.
What if we are not new parents?
New ages and stages in child development bring different challenges. The New Parent Support Program offers you the opportunity to express your concerns and ask questions about babies, young children and family relationships.
Who is eligible for services?
All active duty personnel and family members who are expecting a child or have at least one child under the age of 6 are eligible.
- Be prepared for parenthood
- Become more confident
- Understand your child’s development
- Develop common ground with your spouse in the area of parenting
- Improve your relationship with your children
- Make parenting fun
- Be a better parent to your children
- Feel more at home in the military community
Home visits can take place in the home, the New Parent Support office or any other convenient and comfortable location. The evidence based Nurturing Parenting curriculum is utilized during home visits. Home visit topics may include:
- Age appropriate discipline
- Age appropriate play
- Effective communication
- Stress management
- Deployment issues
- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
- Newborn care
- Sibling rivalry
- Toilet training
- and much more.
Baby Boot Camp
This is a fun and interactive class for expectant active duty personnel and their partners. Baby Boot Camp covers everything a parent needs to know to take care of their newborn, as well as, information on resources for the whole family, including:
- The role of a parent
- Developmental stages of infants
- Basic infant care
- Child safety
- Pre and postpartum emotions
Classes are held monthly between 9am-11 am. Please call for dates, registration, and class location.
Please call New Parent Support Program for dates and times
What can the New Parent Support Program do for me?
This program offers expectant parents and parents of young children the opportunity to learn new skills and to build on and improve old ones. There are often many questions about the needs of infants and young children. The program is a reliable resource for questions either in the classroom or in the privacy of your home.
Touch is the first sense to develop in utero and it is the last sense to die. Infant massage is a combination of massage strokes created by Vimala McClure. Infant massage strokes were arranged by different massage techniques that includes Swedish, Indian, Yoga and Reflexology in a manner that would be suitable for babies by Vilma McClure. Infant massage can benefit babies with interaction, stimulation, relief and relaxation. It is also beneficial for parents, the entire family and for society. Infant massage is a powerful tool for bonding and attachment between baby, parent and caregivers.
Play Morning is a play group for parents and children. At Play Morning parents can meet and network with each other while learning about child development, parenting skills and age appropriate activities for their children to include, free play, crafts and music.