The Defense Department has many tools and resources for strengthening and supporting parents in the military community. Parenting is a tough job, and all parents need help at some point. The best parents know how to find help when they need it.

MilParent Power is one more way to get free help. This toolkit of resources and information offers tips and easy-to-adopt, research-informed practices to level up your parenting skills and help you be at your best.

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Find your local military support programs. You can use your ZIP Code or installation name to find the contact information for these programs through MilitaryINSTALLATIONS.

  • The New Parent Support Program provides supportive home visits to expectant parents and the parents of young children. The program provides local, in-person guidance to steer you through those first years.
  • Child and Youth Registration and Referral is where you can find, research and register for child care through the Child Development Center or in a private home. You can also discover and register your child for a wide variety of youth programs — including arts, sports, education and leadership.
  • Military Family Support Center offers local parenting classes, an introduction to installation services, spouse employment and career opportunities, personal financial management classes, deployment resources and more.

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Ready for more? Check out the Military Parent Resource Center for more ways to level up your parenting skills.