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United States Navy
New Parent Support Program
620 John Paul Jones Circle
Portsmouth, VA 23708
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 Home Visitation Team members are attached to every Fleet and Family Support Center in Hampton Roads.
This program is designed to assist the expectant or new parents with parenting and military lifestyle challenges. There are two levels of services:
For more information on the NPSP and other resources that might be available, call the FFSC at 757-444-2102.
Budgeting for Baby
The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society has ‘Budgeting for Baby', a two-hour class to help prepare families financially for the arrival of a new baby. Upon completion of the class, participants will receive a "junior seabag" which contains over $75 worth of items for your newborn including a handmade blanket and sweater set. Budgeting for Baby is open to all ranks of Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard expectant parents and is not limited to first pregnancies.
Naval Station Norfolk: Classes are held monthly. To register for the class, contact the NMCRS at 757-322-1182.
Naval Air Station Oceana: Classes are held 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month. To register for the class, contact the NMCRS at 757-433-3383.
Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek: Classes are held 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month. To register for the class, contact the NMCRS at 757-462-1596.
Naval Weapons Station Yorktown: Classes held by appointment, call NMCR Norfolk 757-322-1182 and specify Yorktown.
Naval Station Norfolk and Joint Expeditionary Base-Little Creek: Evening classes are available. Call for dates and times.
Navy Medical Center Portsmouth: Classes are held monthly. To register for the class, contact the NMCRS at 757-953-5956.
The NMCRS Visiting Nurse Program offers home visits to military families with a new baby, which includes an initial assessment for both mom and baby. Each visit is approximately 30-45 minutes and is tailored to the needs of the mother and child. For more information or to schedule a visit, contact NMCRS Norfolk 757-322-1182 or Naval Medical Center Portsmouth 757-953-9584/5814.