Parenting Resources

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Parenting Resources

This section highlights parental resources for the many stages of childhood: infant to toddler, to kindergarten, transitioning into primary and secondary education, and finally preparation for higher education options. As a military family, you have many resources available to support you and your family throughout these many stages.

Child Care

Navy Child & Youth Programs (CYP) professionals are extensively trained to provide high quality, enriching childcare for our military families. To sign up or for more information about the CYP services listed below visit, or call 619-556-8491, DSN 526-8491, toll free 877-235-6002 or

Navy Child Development Centers (CDC)

are conveniently located on base and throughout the community. CDC programs serve ages 6 weeks to 5 years.

Child Development Homes (CDH)

provide care to infants, toddlers, pre-school and school-age children in the certified provider’s home. Providers are subject to the same high-quality standards for childcare as the Child Development Centers.

Hourly Care

is also available, call 619-556-8491 to make arrangements or

School Age Care

serves military children from kindergarten to 12 years of age before and after school. Full-day programs are offered during summer and holiday breaks.

The Navy Youth Recreation Program

is a year-round recreation and sports program serving youth from kindergarten to twelfth grade. Activities are designed to foster social interaction, fitness, and skills development. Youth Recreation Centers are conveniently located in eight San Diego military housing areas. For details

Respite Childcare

is a special program for children of Exceptional Family Member Program families. For more information, call 619-556-6114.

YMCA Childcare Resources:

Call 800-481-2151 or visit for income-sensitive programs.

Head Start:

Call 888-873-5145 for more information on income-sensitive programs for ages 0-5 years.

Childcare Subsidies:

Reduced rates or subsidies available to those who qualify. Call 800-793-0324 x341 or visit for more information.

Basic Medical Information

Insurance: TriWest is the insurance provided for active duty service members and their dependents. Contact TriWest to confirm your enrollment status. They will provide the medical facility information available to you. Call TriWest Service Center at 888- 874-9378 or visitwww.triwest.comto find out more about your options.

Naval Medical Center San Diego, Pediatric Department offers health education support to local families. Please visit the NMCSD website for the most up to date information:

New Parent Support

Navy New Parent Support is designed to help you with your transition into parenthood. New Parent Support staff will help inform you about pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum, as well as teach child growth and development and parenting skills. Please contact new Parent Support at 619-767-1786.

Budget for Baby Programoffered through the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is operated entirely by volunteers. This program is designed to serve new or prospective parents who want to learn about the impact that a new baby can have on the financial situation of the family. Clients learn about variations in pay and increased expenses, common consumer pressures targeted to new parents, and entitlements available through both government and private sources.

A Layette, "Baby’s First Sea Bag"is given to any eligible recipient who attends a Budget for Baby workshop or receives individual counseling. It consists of a coordinated set of bedding and clothing, a baby book, and a handmade gift from a society volunteer, packed in an environmentally-sensitive tote. To receive a layette, eligible clients should contact the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society to register for the "Budget for Baby" class or make an appointment to see a caseworker. Visit their website at

First 5 San Diego:provides parents with a no cost Kit for New Parents filled with resources and information about pregnancy and early childhood. The kit comes with a baby book, a DVD with advice for new parents, a guidebook about the first 5 years of development and more! To order your free kit, call 888-5 FIRST 5 (888-534-7785). For more information about First 5 San Diego,

Toddler Resources

Navy Tiny Tots Programis offered to children ages 3 and 4 years old. This part-time program provides an open environment where your child can participate in arts and crafts, music and rhyme, story time, movements and more. Contact Navy Child and Youth Programs to find out more information regarding this program Click on the installation, then Families, then on Youth Programs to find the nearest center location near you.

Playgroupsoffer both young children and their parents the opportunity to enjoy playtime with other children and meet other parents. These playgroups are offered at several housing locations through SAY San Diego, a community agency. Through a program called Health Start Military Cluster, military families have access to these playgroups and many more resources. For more information regarding Healthy Start, call 858-496-0044 for playgroup schedule.