Fort Richardson's New Parent Support Program is designed specifically for military families to help address the special needs of parents - from pregnancy through childhood. Are you expecting a baby? Are you planning to adopt a child? Would you like to learn more about parenting? The New Parent Support Program is here to help. Parenting is one of the most important jobs in the world! The decisions you make today will affect the life of your child forever. Our trained staff can assist you in your efforts to build a healthy, happy and successful family. We offer a wide array of services to include parenting classes, home visitation, a lending library, playgroups and any other co-parenting, single parenting or related topics. New Parent Support Includes, but is not limited to: Parent/Family Education Playgroups Home Visitation Services Resources and Referrals Military Family Support Services Wellness Library For more information contact: (907) 580-5858 We can offer education and information to you in the comfort of your own home. Popular topics for home visitation services include: Child growth and development Prenatal Education Scream Free Parenting You're An Alaskan Family Now! The Effects of Domestic Abuse on Children Community Resources Office Visits: All services provided are also available at our office located in Building 600 or JBER Hospital. We provide customized educational programs for families and small groups on a wide variety of parenting topics. Textbooks, workbooks, VHS videos, and CDs/DVD's are also available for checkout and self-paced learning. NSPS Play Groups All Play groups except for Polar Cubs are held in Building 337, the School Age Services Building (corner of 5th St and Hoonah). For more information, call 580-5858. Cubs & Little Cubs Playgroup Meet other parents and enjoy a fun time with your child or children from infants up to school age. Pooh's meets on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9:30-11:30 am. Fine motor activities and gross motor activities are offered. Parents are encouraged to play with their children and interact with other families at the playgroup. During the summer months we will be planning some outside activities. Craft Time Meets Thursday's from 10-11:30am. Tigger time primarily focuses on fine motor skill activities such as arts and crafts. Come and enjoy time with your child or children from infants up to school age and meet other parents. Polar Cubs Introduce your child (6 months up to school age) to water play and preparation for swimming. You and your baby will have a wet and wild good time while developing motor skills and strength for swimming. Aqua Play is held each Tuesday 10-11:30 am at Buckner Physical Fitness Center Pool on Fort Richardson. For times and locations, please contact New Parent Support at (907) 580-5858.