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    New Parent Support Program: Helping build military families since 1993

    MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT, SAN DIEGO, CA, UNITED STATES

    04.22.2011

    Story by Lance Cpl. Eric Quintanilla 

    Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego

    SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The New Parent Support Program was developed to help military families with children under five years old adapt to parenthood and thrive as healthy families.

    The depot program is operated by Heather Chamberlain, parent support home visitor, and Terra T. Pack, new parent support home visitor.

    They run a variety of classes and offer in-home developmental testing to help new parents understand the needs of their children.

    This free, voluntary program has been available at 17 Marine Corps bases all over the world since 1993. It helps families learn how to cope with stress, isolation, deployment and family separation, as well as the everyday demands of parenthood.

    The goals of the New Parent Support Program are to promote healthy family functioning and positive parent-child interactions.

    “We want to encourage parents to participate,” said Pack, “and we will do our best to meet those needs.”

    Deployments, moves to unfamiliar locations, and separation from extended family and friends present parenting challenges unique to military families.

    “Our home visits will accommodate and individualize our services to what works for the family,” said Pack.

    Chamberlain and Pack also host classes aboard the depot. The classes address a variety of topics, such as managing difficult behaviors, education on child development and improving family communication.

    Each class is tailored to meet the needs of a specific age group and their current stage of development. Baby Boot Camp is for parents who are pregnant and addresses topics pertaining to childbirth and how to support their growth and development.

    There are also classes that help parents recognize milestones in their child’s development such as the Toddler Training Camp and the Preschool Preparation Camp.

    They can also assist families with information and resources on the installation and in the community.

    For more information on the New Parent Support Program, contact Heather Chamberlain or Terra Pack at (619) 524-0805 or visit their Web site at www.MCCSMCRD.com.

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    Date Taken: 04.22.2011
    Date Posted: 04.22.2011 12:34
    Story ID: 69178
    Location: MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT, SAN DIEGO, CA, US

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