NEW PARENT SUPPORT PROGRAM
The New Parent Support Program is a support system for Marine Corps families with
children age five and under. This free, voluntary program has been available at 17 Marine Corps
bases all over the world since 1993. We offer the following services:
BABY BOOT CAMP
This one-day (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) class is the first step in preparing young Marines to be
confident and competent parents. All expectant parents can benefit from this educational and
informative class. Infant development, social and emotional changes in the family, baby safety,
diapering, bathing, soothing a crying infant, and community resources are just a few of the topics
covered. Whether it is a Marine’s first baby or third, current information about infant care and local
resources is crucial to build strong families. This class provides a solid foundation for infant care.
Playmorning is a chance for parents and children to come together to spend time having fun and connecting with other
parents and children. Playmorning meets every Tuesday at Officers Park on the Miramar base at 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
with the exception of the first Tuesday of every month. The first Tuesday is “Toddler Library Time” at the MCAS
Miramar library 10:00 am – 11:30 am.
A parenting class held once a month. Subjects include: How stress level and feelings influence
parenting, developmental stages, behavior and discipline, praise, preventive teaching, corrective
teaching and much more. Childcare reimbursement is available. Call for dates and times.
A quarterly parenting class for clients. Each class will have its own theme. Call in advance to find
out topic and request childcare information.
Home Visitors work one on one with families to enhance their parenting skills and provide needed
support. The Home Visitor helps families learn to cope with stress, isolation, deployment and
family separation issues, as well as, the every day demands of parenthood. Any Marine family with
a child five years or younger is eligible to receive these services. Home visits are arranged, when
possible, at the convenience of the Marine family. Maximum effect is achieved when both parents
can be involved. Your home visitor may be a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Marriage
and Family Therapist (MFT) or Registered Nurse (RN), who has extensive knowledge of the issues
confronting parents in the military. Sensitive to the many challenges and unique stresses of military
life, the home visitor will be available to clients by cell phone for questions and concerns
ALL OF THE ABOVE ARE AVAILABLE TO MILITARY FAMILIES AT NO COST
To sign up call: 760) 725-3884