NPSP helps with parenting challenges

| September 17, 2010 | 0 Comments

Rob McIlvaine
Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command Public Affairs

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The New Parent Support Program addresses the many concerns and challenges that military families with children under 3 years old face during early childhood, with an emphasis on family strengths.

“The program is offered to military families to enhance parent and infant attachment, increase knowledge of child development and provide connections to the support services that allow parents to become nurturing and capable caregivers,” said Rich Lopez, program manager, NPSP. 

By integrating prevention education services and activities, NPSP involves both parents, if possible, and supports the family’s adaptation to military life. The program enhances knowledge and skills needed to promote healthy family interaction, form healthy relationships, provide safe and nurturing environments for children and enhance formal and informal support networks.

“While NPSP’s primary focus is child advocacy and maltreatment prevention through parenting education and support, NPSP helps all families with young children by providing the skills necessary to promote healthy parenting,” Lopez said.

NPSP services are provided by experienced, licensed clinical social workers and registered nurses who have extensive experience working with families with young children, and who are sensitive to the unique challenges facing military families.

While all active duty, National Guard and Reserve Soldiers and their families within a 50-mile radius of an installation are eligible to receive these services, priority is given to first-time parents, single parents and dual military families.

Families can enter the program by referral from a health professional, the command or by a civilian agency, or by simply requesting NPSP services through Army Community Service, Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

ACS offers a NPSP group workshop, among other activities. The workshop provides important information in the nurturing-parent curriculum like resources available in the community, basic newborn care and short videos on preventing shaken baby syndrome. 


For more information about the NPSP, call Army Community Service at 655-4227 or visit Additional upcoming ACS parenting classes include Boot Camp for Dads, Sept. 18; Breastfeeding Basics, Sept. 21; and Love and Logic Parenting, Sept. 22. 


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