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New Parent Support Program (NPSP)

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:

We offers services from a licensed professional for expectant parents and parents of newborns and up to 3 years of age. NPSP can assist with any of your questions, needs or parenting goals.

We Will Come To You
Military Families are often far away from family and friends they would normally turn to for help. The NPSP can visit with you at your home or, you can schedule an office visit.

NPSP Classes

What To Expect Now That You're Expecting
Learn what to expect as you prepare to expand your family. Topics covered are pregnancy and financial expectations, adjusting to the role of parenthood and what dads-to-be need to know about supporting mom during pregnancy & after birth.
Class time: First Wednesday of every other month from 9 to 11 a.m. at ACS Main Building 9023.

Baby Basics for New Dads
Calling all expecting Dads! Learn the basics of infant development, baby safety, newborn care, community resources, and more. Whether it's your first baby or third, this class is designed to be interactive and fun. Network with other fathers, build confidence in your ability to parent, and enhance your nurturing side.
Class Time: Second Wednesday of every other month from 9 to 11 a.m. at ACS Main Building 9023.

Play Morning
Join in a play group for infants and children through 3 years of age. Activities may include craft time, book reading, music, and outdoor play.  
Class Time: Every First & Third Tuesday of each month from 10 to 11 a.m. at the ACS Main Building 9023.

Toddler Talks
Raising a toddler? Come learn about what to expect as your child transitions into toddlerhood. Topics covered are tantrums, picky eaters, toilet training, positive discipline and many more. Come network with other parents and learn some helpful tips to parenting a toddler. Children are welcome to attend!
Class Time: Third Wednesday of every other month from 9 to 11 a.m. at the ACS Main Building 9023.

A Look at Lactation: Providing Your Baby Human Milk
If you are planning to provide your baby with human milk by chest feeding, breast feeding, or exclusively pumping, this class is for you!  Come learn the basics of milk production, feeding basics, and how to start and maintain a healthy chest/breastfeeding relationship.  We will also discuss how to obtain a pump through TRICARE, using donor milk, and available local and online resources to support your feeding journey – no matter what path it takes! 
Class Time: Every Fourth Wednesday of every other month from 9 to 11 a.m. at the ACS Main Building 9023. (No class will be held in November 2023)

Support, Education, Information and Resource Referral

We provide support to families to include adapting to military life, being far away from family and friends, lending an ear or support during deployments. We are here to help.

We provide education covering multiple subjects to include pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, baby care, calming baby, infant and child growth and development and expectations, infant and child safety, temper tantrums, sleep, etc.

Information and Resource Referral:  We provide information and referrals to many agencies such as WIC, Early Intervention, EFMP (Exceptional Family Member Program), Kenner Army Health Clinic/Wilkerson Pediatric Clinic, Military One Source, Financial Readiness Program, Army Emergency Relief, Child and Youth Services, Community Activities, etc.

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Overseas Brief

Apr 17 1 pm - 3 pm
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Couples Communication

Learn how to improve the quality of your communication to enhance your relationship.

Apr 18 10 am - 11 am
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EFMP Spring Fest

Open to registered EFMP Family Members.

Apr 18 5 pm
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Support Starts Here: MilParent Edition

Apr 22 2 pm - 3 pm
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Right Arm Night

Apr 24 5 pm
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Personal Spending Plan

Learn how to create an effective personal spending plan.

Apr 25 11:30 am - 1 pm
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Co-Parenting: Two Parents Two Homes

Learn how to focus on the responsibilities of parenting from separate households.

May 6 6 pm
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Play Morning

Join in a play group for infants and children up to 3 years of age.

May 7 10 am - 11 am
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Baby Basics For New Dads

A free class for all expecting dads!

May 8 9 am - 11 am
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Common Military Training - Continuation Pay

May 9 11:30 am - 1 pm
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EFMP Mother's Day Arts & Crafts

Open to registered EFMP family members.

May 9 5 pm
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Stress Management

Learn how to select and implement effective stress management skills.

May 14 10 am - 11 am

Take the Tour Tuesdays

May 14 10 am - 11 am
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Take the Tour Tuesdays

May 14 10 am - 11 am
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A Look at Lactation: Providing Your Baby Human Milk

May 22 9 am - 11 am
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What To Expect Now That You're Expecting

Learn how to prepare for your new life.

Jun 5 9 am - 11 am
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Newcomers' Dinner

Been at Fort Gregg-Adams 6-months or less? This event is for you! Meet & greet, dinner, games and giveaways!

Jun 5 5:30 pm
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Anger Management

Learn how to control and implement effective anger management skills.

Jun 13 10 am - 11 am
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Real Estate Investing Basics

Jun 13 11:30 am - 1 pm
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EFMP Father's Day Arts & Crafts

Open to registered EFMP family members.

Jun 13 5 pm

Credit Management

Learn how to maintain good credit!

Jul 11 9 am - 10:30 am
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Credit Management

Learn how to maintain good credit!

Jul 11 9 am - 10:30 am
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Debt Elimination

Learn a power pay plan for eliminating debt.

Jul 25 11:30 am - 1 pm
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Common Military Training - Permanent Change of Station

Aug 8 11:30 am - 1 pm