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Fleet and Family Support Center at Dahlgren
6027 School House Lane
Dahlgren, VA 22448-5126
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.
The New Parent Support Program is a service for families who are expecting a child or have children under the age of 4. The program is designed to meet the needs of expectant active-duty military service members, their spouses and other dependents.
It offers comprehensive, early intervention services that include maternal and infant health education, parent and child bonding techniques, positive parenting practices, child development and child safety education. NPSP home visitation enhances a military family's quality of life by empowering them to meet the challenges of parenthood while maintaining a military lifestyle.
Parenting can be fun. It is a special time of watching a young life grow, exploring and finding excitement in many things. In this program, parents will experience fun, closeness and enjoyment in growing together. A home visitor assesses each family, so sessions can be tailor-made to fit individual interests and needs. Parents and their children receive a sequence of lessons and activities in home-based sessions. The home visitor works with each family, promoting positive parent-child relationships, improving parental knowledge and skills and fostering healthy child development. The program partners with other key community services, such as community health agencies, hospitals, social workers and educators to provide a rich and comprehensive resource base for families.
For more information please visit https://ffr.cnic.navy.mil/Family-Readiness/Fleet-And-Family-Support-Program/Counseling-Advocacy-and-Prevention/New-Parent-Support/
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.
Contact your local Fleet and Family Support Center (540) 653-1839 to find out more about the New Parent Support Program home visitation and related resources in your area. If a home visitor is available, they will screen your family and determine what resources would be the best fit. If a home visitor is not available, the FFSC can offer information and referral resources in your community.
For more information, visit the New Parent Support Program website for a program overview.
The Navy’s New Parent Support Program team includes educators with experience in maternal and infant child health, child development, obstetrics-gynecology, pediatrics and other public health professions. Home visitors have a bachelor's or equivalent degree in education, nursing, social work, marriage and family therapy or child and family-related studies, and many have more training.
All home visitors, in accordance with Department of Defense Instruction 1402.5 and PERS letter 1754 Ser 660/173, who have regular contact alone with children younger than 18, undergo a criminal background check.
All home visitors have been trained to deliver the Nurturing Parenting Program©. This program has been empirically proven to help new parents learn positive and fun strategies that make families successful. The author and creator of this program, Stephen Bavolek, Ph.D., has consulted with the Navy NPSP home visitation program to develop materials and information relevant to today's military family. Dr. Bavolek personally teaches the Nurturing Parenting Program© philosophy and program to Navy home visitors so they can best serve military families.
Military parents face challenges that many civilian parents never have to deal with. Military families live on or near their installation and are often far away from family and civilian friends who would normally support them in times of need and give them advice on how to deal with parenting issues. Our Fleet and Family Support Center does not have a dedicated New Parent Support Program position on staff. If you would like more information on new parent support in the Indian Head community, contact the FFSC at 800-500-4947, 540-653-1839 or DSN 312-249-1839.
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children is an example of new parent support in the local community. Call 301-609-6900.