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New Parent Support (NPSP)

Phone: (910) 396-7951
Location: Soldier Support Center 3rd Floor (map)
Hours: Mon – Fri, 8 am – 5 pm

 

Family Advocacy  Domestic Violence & Child Abuse

Sexual Assault Prevention/Response  New Parent Support

 

Class Calendars:

  • View New Parent Support Program class calendar
  • View Family Advocacy class calendar and descriptions

Register online for any New Parent Support or
Family Advocacy Program Class.

Topics:

What is the New Parent Support Program?
The New Parent Support Program (NPSP) is a program offered to Army families to enhance parent and infant attachment, increase knowledge of child development, and provide connections to the support services that allow parents to become nurturing and capable caregivers. The NPSP staff consists of licensed social workers and registered nurses who provide in-home parenting education, support, and resource linkage.

 

What if I already have children?
You don’t have to be a NEW parent to participate in the program! Army families that are pregnant or with children through the age of three years are eligible for NPSP services. Family Advocacy offers classes to parents with children of all ages. If you already have children you would require childcare for to attend one of these classes, we offer free childcare for them! Sign up two weeks prior to the class. Please visit the ACS Events Calendar to select a class that is convenient for you.

 

What can NPSP do for me? 

  1. Home Visitation.  Our professional staff provides supportive and caring services to military families that are pregnant, or with children through the age of three years. They can talk about your concerns as a parent or parent-to-be, and help you learn to cope with stress, isolation, post deployment reunions, and the everyday demands of parenthood in the privacy of your home. To schedule a home visit, call or e-mail NPSP staff.
  2. Play Mornings. Available on Fort Bragg/Pope Neighborhood Center, Heritage Village in Raeford and Linden Oaks in Cameron. An interactive playgroup to assist parents in learning developmentally appropriate play techniques and to help children improve their social, cognitive, and motor skills. Structured activities include singing and dancing, story time, a craft project, and free play time. Get directions to Play Mornings.  Get directions to Heritage Village.  No registration required, but must provide child(ren)’s immunization record(s).
  3. Infant MassageThis four part class is a hands-on experience where the basic nurturing skills of infant massage will be taught, demonstrated and practiced. The class is designed to give parents the skills to help ease stress, increase parents’ special alone and bonding time with their baby, and provide a positive way for any parent to interact with their infant. Research has shown that aside from the strengthening of the parental bond, massage can help stimulate growth and weight gain, promote brain development and sensory awareness, improve digestion, muscle tone, circulation, relieve physical discomforts such as teething, gas and colic, and help a baby settle and sleep longer. Bring a soft blanket and baby of course! Registration required. Please call us or register online.
  4. 0 to 1 Baby Fun. Babies are born ready to learn and you can help! This fun, interactive class will show you how babies think, feel, and learn, and how you can make everyday parenting moments count. For parents with a baby birth to 12 months old. Limited childcare available for older siblings, please call for information.
  5. Marvelous Multiples.  The purpose of the group is for families to provide support to each other and to answer questions, such as, “What did you do about sharing? Bargain shopping? Bedtime? Scheduling? The group will offer mentorship where experienced families of multiples will mentor new parents of multiples.
  6. Safe & Sound.  This classes is designed to provide parents with an understanding of their infant’s world along with safety information to keep their baby safe and sound.
  7. Babies on the Home front.  This class is designed to provide parents with an understanding of their infant’s world and the challenges and rewards of a military life with a baby. Class includes discussion and tips on deployments, reunions and local resources for new families.
  8. Best Start Breast Feeding Support Group.  Are you pregnant and wanting to hear from other Mom’s about breastfeeding? Are you a new Mom that is breastfeeding and looking for other Mom’s to support you through the good and challenging times of breastfeeding? Are you a Mom that has successfully breastfed four children and looking for a place to support other Mom’s going through the trials and tribulations of breastfeeding? Come join us for some open discussions and knowledge on breastfeeding basics.  All are welcome!
  9. Infant Sign Language Class. A onetime class for parents and babies 8 months and older to learn natural baby sign language that allows babies and their parents to use simple signs to communicate important things like being hungry or thirsty, hot or cold, afraid or sad. Easy to use sign language books provided to each family.

 

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