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New Parent Support Program

General Program Description

The Army New Parent Support Program provides services that support soldier readiness and the well-being of the Army family. The New Parent Support Program - Home Visitation is a standardized Family Advocacy Program secondary prevention program for parents whose life circumstances place them at risk for engaging in child abuse and neglect. The program delivers intensive, strengths-based home visitation services developed specifically for expectant parents and parents of children from birth to 3 years of age to enhance the protective factors and reduce the risk of factors associated with child abuse and neglect. The program is voluntary.

Goals of the Army New Parent Support Program include the following:

  • Contribute to mission readiness
  • Support family member adaptation to military life
  • Enhance the knowledge and skills family members need to form healthy relationships and provide safe, nurturing environments for children
  • Foster a supportive military community for young military families

Staff qualifications

New Parent Support Program home visitor staff include licensed clinical social workers and registered nurses. Local installation or state background checks, including Army Central Registry checks, will be completed on all personnel who provide services to parents and their children, and those checks will be updated annually.

Eligibility

Program services are available to military families with an expectant mother or with children 3 years of age or younger.

Enrollment

Interested families may contact the local Army Community Service office or their health care provider for more information on the New Parent Support Program.

Installation Specific Information

The Fort Campbell New Parent Support Program offers parenting information and emotional support to parents who have children ages birth to three years old. Services are voluntary and at no cost. This voluntary participation program is designed to promote healthy family functioning through classes, support groups and home visits.

Home Visit

New Parent Support Program has a team of professionals who can provide supportive and caring services to Military Families in the home setting or at our office. This program gives parents or expectant parents the opportunity to learn or ask questions about child development, discipline, parenting skills, budgeting and other parenting concerns. Visits are arranged at your convenience.

New Parent Workshop

For expectant parents on the third Wednesday of the month from 8:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Family Resource Center, Bldg 1501 William C. Lee, inside Gate 1. This 2.5 hour workshop will help supply parents with information they need to go through this challenging time of changing family roles. Topics discussed include: community resources, basic infant care, parenting skills, tips for toddlers and safety.

Infant Massage

Learn the benefits and techniques to calm and bond with your baby. Infant massage is a fun way for parents to learn how to soothe a baby, foster love, compassionate and respect. Touching and close physical contact during a massage have many benefits for babies and parents alike to include but not limited to promoting bonding, developing trust and confidence, relieves gas and colic, and improves sleep patterns. For the optimal learning experience, infants should be no younger than six weeks and o older than eight months of age. (Reservation required and classes are limited)

Play Morning

An interactive playgroup for parents and their children up to age three. This playgroup meets weekly. What to expect at Play Morning:

  • Fun for parents and children
  • Supervised by professional staff
  • Uses projects and group activities to help children improve their social cognitive and motor skills
  • Provides a support group atmosphere for parents
  • For parents with children ages newborn to preschool

Play morning is held at the Skies Unlimited, Blgd. 3411 Bastogne Ave, every Thursday morning from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (Play Morning does not meet when/if Fort Campbell schools are out).

Why get involved in the New Parent Support Program?

To understand the ages and stages of your child's development

  • To improve your relationship with your children
  • To develop a support system
  • To lessen stress
  • To improve communication between you and your Spouse
  • To develop common ground with your Spouse in the area of parenting
  • To feel more at home in the Military community

For more information contact the New Parent Support Program at 270-412-5500 or visit website.

 


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American Academy of Pediatrics Parenting Corner
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Center for Disease Control
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National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome
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