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New Parent Support/Fleet and Family Support Center
21993 Bundy Road, Building 2090
NAS Patuxent River, MD 20670-1132
Contact information for key programs and services at this installation.
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.
New Parent Support Program
New Parent Support (NPS) is primarily designed as a home visitation support program. It focuses as an early- intervention service to families providing education and support promoting healthy child development. Additionally, NPS is designed to specifically encourage and empower military families with skills to successfully meet the challenges of the military and parenthood. NAS Patuxent River's New Parent Support Program is coordinated by a Maternal-child specialist registered nurse (New Parent Support Home Visitor, [NPSHV]). The NPSHV provides visitation services inclusive of in-home prenatal, newborn, baby, and early childhood parenting instruction and support. In addition, the NPSHV provides hospital visitation and works along with neighboring military facilities, civilian hospitals, and community resources offering maternal-child assistances. Some of the benefits of the NPS program include: Improved preparations for parenthood through infant and young child parenting classes, in-home infant care instruction including breastfeeding, soothing a crying baby, infant massage, and safe sleep practices. NPS also presents a parent and baby/toddler interactive play group that facilitates developmental play and supportive relations amongst families. NPSHV services are for all eligible military and their families who are prenatal, have babies, or young children. Call FFSC to speak with a New Parent Support person: 301 342-4911