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Navy New Parent Support Home Visitation Program

About Our Program for Expectant Parents and Parents of children ages 0 to 3

New Parent Support Home Visitation Program (NPSHVP) is an early-intervention service to families designed to foster healthy child development, specifically for families that are expecting or have children up to 3 years of age.

The Navy NPSHVP is based on the Nurturing Parenting Program. This program is family-centered and is responsive to the unique strengths and needs of each military family. Families that are experiencing challenges with the fast paced military lifestyle can benefit from the NPSHVP Nurturing Parenting Program. Parents learn from an evidence based, tested and proven program that assist you with a variety of topics and issues, including:

  • Bonding with your new baby or toddler
  • Understanding the developmental stages that your child is going through
  • Alternative ways to discipline your children
  • The importance of Nurturing Touch
  • Learning about family roles
  • Learning about how children master new skills
  • Learning what you should expect from your little one

Parenting can be fun!  Childhood is a special time of watching a young life grow, explore and find excitement in many things. In this program you will experience fun, closeness and enjoyment in growing together. Your Home Visitor will assess your family, so that sessions are tailor made to fit your interest and your child's needs. Parents and their children receive a sequence of lessons and activities in home-based sessions.  The Home Visitor works with you, promoting positive parent-child relationships between you and your child, improving your parent knowledge and skills, and fosters healthy child development. Our program partners closely with other key community services, such as community health agencies, hospitals, social workers and educators to provide a rich and comprehensive resource base to our NPSHVP families.

About NPSHVP Home Visitors

The Navy New Parent Support Home Visitor team is composed of educators with experience in the field of maternal/child health, child development or public health child development backgrounds. Home Visitors have a bachelors or equivalent degree in education, nursing or social service related studies and often have additional training beyond the stated requirements. All Home Visitors, in accordance with DODINST 1402.5 and PERS letter 1754 Ser 660/173, who have regular contact alone with children under the age of 18 undergo a criminal history 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 United States Navy New Parent Support Home Visitation Program to develop materials and information that is relevant to today's military family. Dr. Bavolek personally teaches the Navy Home Visitors the Nurturing Parenting Program philosophy and program implementation so that Home Visitors can best serve military families.

Who is eligible?

Eligibility for this program is determined by the Service member or family member being eligible to receive treatment in a Military Medical Treatment Facility. First priority is given to families with a deployed active duty member. Every service member/family member who is expecting a child or is the parent of children ages zero to three can be screened and assessed for NPSHVP services.

How to Get Started in the Program

Contact your local Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) to inquire about Home Visitation or related resources in your area. If a Home Visitor is available in your area, the Home Visitor will screen your family and determine what resources would be the best fit for your family. If a Home Visitor is not available, the FFSC will provide you with information and referral resources in your community that offer support to new parents.

Installation Specific Information

The New Parent Support Program offered through the FFSC China Lake provides two play groups a week. 

Art and Play Group

This popular group for two to five year olds, with exceptions, is open to all military children and is free of charge. Children make a craft, have a snack and play with other children. A parent must attend. 

Music Group

This group is for 1-4 year olds and open to all military children and free of charge.

Children will sing songs, play musical instruments and have a healthy snack. A parent must attend. To register call New Parent Support Coordinator 760-939-1018.

WIC Women, Infants and Children

A nutritional program that helps mothers and young children eat well and stay healthy. Special vouchers are given to families to purchase food. They also provide counseling and support with breast feeding. Located at the Fleet and Family Support Center complex on the first and third Wednesday of each month. For more information or an appointment please call 661-363-4850.

Visiting Nurse

The Navy Marine Corps Relief Society visiting nurse is available to make home, clinic, or hospital visits for the purpose of providing health information.

Child development parenting issues or normal illness of childhood.

Budget for Baby Class

Provide baby's first sea bag, and great parenting advice and tips!  Call to register 760-939-2921.

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