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Department of the Air Force
Child development Center Annex - Fort Sam Houston
1720 Dodd Field Road
Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234
You may be expecting your first baby or busy with a toddler. That probably means you have your hands full, and may have questions. Thankfully, help is at hand.
The New Parent Support Program is a free service that helps military parents, including expectant parents, transition successfully into parenthood and provide a nurturing environment for their children. Services vary, but may include home visits, parenting classes, playgroups or prenatal classes.
The New Parent Support Program is a team made up of nurses, social workers and home visitation specialists who offer support and guidance by helping parents:
Learn more about the New Parent Support Program and contact your installation New Parent Support Program office to find out what’s available at your installation.
New Parent Support Program staff are child development professionals, including registered nurses, clinical social workers, and para-professionals trained in the delivery and practice of established home visiting models. The program is supervised and monitored at the installation level by the Family Advocacy program manager.
The program is available to military families who are expecting a baby or have children age 3 or younger. Marine Corps eligibility includes families with at least one child under 5.
Contact your installation New Parent Support Program office or Family Advocacy Program office.
The New Parent Support Program at Fort Sam Houston is offered through the Military & Family Readiness Center/Family Advocacy Program.
The New Parent Support Group (NPSP) provides comprehensive services through educational sessions/playgroups and home visitation services. These services offer expectant parent and parents of infant and toddlers the opportunity to learn new skills as parents and improve current techniques.
The NPSP offers:
Infant Massage Classes-- five week sessions on proper massaging techniques to use on your baby. Another wonderful way to bond with your little person!
Getting Ready for Childbirth-- This class provides research-based information to help prepare you for your childbirth experience.
Basics of Breastfeeding-- this class provides current information about the benefits and challenges of breastfeeding infants. Class participants are given the opportunity to ask questions and share experiences.
H.U.G.S. Playgroup-- Helping To Grow Securely- Join this weekly interactive fun playgroup for parents and children ages 0-5 years.