Parenting and Children – Resources

As a service member, you have access to a number of resources that can assist you with each phase of parenthood – from those sleep-deprived nights with your newborn to the busy days of helping your teen prepare for college. Here are a few essential resources and services that can meet your needs:

The New Parent Support Program

The New Parent Support Program provides one-on-one support for new and expectant parents through services that include:

  • Home visits from specialists, nurses and social workers to answer your questions about sleep, nutrition, behavior management, breastfeeding and other concerns.
  • Prenatal classes on topics including feeding and nutrition, bathing and preventative health care.
  • Parenting classes, playgroups for the kids and more.

The Family Readiness System

The Family Readiness System is a network of programs and agencies that promotes your family's readiness and quality of life. Services are wide-ranging and include mobility and deployment assistance, relocation assistance related to permanent change-of-station moves, family life education, emergency family assistance that promotes short- and long-term recovery after an emergency, and child abuse prevention and services that promote positive parent-child relationships.

Visit any installation-based Military and Family Support Center for services or inquire through individual service branches.

Child care referrals

Head Start and Sure Start

  • The national Head Start Program teaches reading, math and other key skills to kids ages 5 and younger before they start kindergarten. Your family is eligible for services if you have a low income, are raising a foster child, or have a child with special needs.
  • The Sure Start Program provides Head Start-like services to families living overseas. The program is open primarily to 4-year-old children of command-sponsored service members.

The Morale, Welfare and Recreation Digital Library

Military Kids Connect

Military Kids Connect offers engaging tools and games; helps children, pre-teens and teens prepare for the challenges around family transitions; and provides resources for parents and teachers.

Child and youth programs

Explore a wide range of Department of Defense child and youth programs, which can help your child make friends, stay active and develop new skills.

  • Installation Youth Centers offer computer labs, special field trips, gymnasiums, music rooms, game rooms and volunteer and employment listings.
  • Mission Youth Outreach links the military services with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to help meet the needs of families who may not live near installation services.
  • Military youth can join 4-H clubs in their community, and participate in summer camps around the country. Visit the 4-H Military Partnership website to learn more.
  • Department of Defense summer camps may be a great addition to your child's summer lineup. To find a camp or summer activity on your installation, visit MilitaryINSTALLATIONS and select Youth Programs/Centers from the drop-down menu.

Military OneSource specialty consultations

If it takes a village to raise a child, you’re in luck as a service member. Your military community offers you a broad range of resources and services to help you be the best parent you can be. Contact Military OneSource today with any questions or to chat with a parenting consultant.