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Nurturing Children During Times of Stress

A Guide to Help Children Bloom: Parenting Guide

We all feel stressed sometimes. Some stress is a normal, healthy part of life. It can help us stay safe, try harder, or make us grow stronger. However, intense stress that doesn’t go away can be too much to handle without help.
As a parent or caregiver, there are ways you can help your child handle intense stress. Much like a seed that overcomes a difficult environment to grow and flower, you and your child can bloom even in challenging times. This guide has nurturing tips and resources that can protect you and your child from the effects of intense stress. These ideas will also help you connect with your child.

Appointment Line (CAMO)/Referrals/Nurse Advice

Referral Management (CAMO): Call to schedule appointments/referrals. (210) 916-9900.   0630-1630 hrs Mon-Fri

Tricare East: Book/Cancel appointments, view personal medical information. www.tricareonline.com  (800) 444-5445

Nurse Advice Line: Medical Advice Provided for dependents. (800) TRICARE (874-2273). 24 hrs, 7 days a week.

Tricare Online Patient Portalhttps://app.mil.relayhealth.com/  Our secure patient-to-team messaging option, please use to communicate your child’s healthcare needs

Air Force Postgraduate Dental School: Orthodontic Services (case by case)

Location: Bldg 6418, JBSA-Lackland

Phone: 210-292-9051

America the Beautiful – National Parks Pass and Federal Recreational Lands Pass

This pass is your ticket to more than 2,000 throughout the U.S. It covers entrance fees at National Parks and National Wildlife Refuges, as well as standard amenity fees at National Forests, National Grasslands, and lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation. Covers fees for a drive and all passengers in a personal vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas (or up to 4 adults at sites that charge per person).

Most Federal sites where Passes are accepted sell the Pass. Annual Passes may also be purchased by phone (1-888-275-8747, ext. 1) or online: https://store.usgs.gov/pass Free passes will be given in person at local San Antonio Missions: (210) 932-1001.

Mission San José
6701 San Jose Drive
San Antonio, TX 78214

To learn more go to https://www.recreation.gov/pass

 

Breastfeeding Resources Packet (Military)

Packet includes information on lactation consultants, support groups, new parent support program, WIC, Proper handling and storage of human milk, and instructions on how to keep your breast pump clean.

Breastfeeding Resource List 2018_BAMC

Child Care Assistance Program (Military Programs)

Air Force Child Care Fee Assistance was created to provide authorized Active Duty personnel assistance in locating, selecting, and offsetting the cost of civilian child care when on-base child care is not available, or a viable option for the service member and their family. The programs available through Child Care Aware(r) of America provide subsidies for eligible military dependents enrolled in quality commercial child care programs throughout the United States. Child Care Aware(r) of America authorizes subsidy amounts based on total family income for those eligible Air Force families, and supplies monthly payments directly to the prospective child care provider.

Here is the LINK link to the Air Force childcare Assistance program information:

Parents who would like to participate have to follow the following steps and go to the website to create a login and submit the documents WEBSITE

Step one: Determine Their Eligibility (Active Duty, Reserve, Guard, Survivors of Combat Warriors, Active Duty Wounded Warriors)

Step two: Select a Nationally accredited child care provider in the area

Step three: Collect supporting documents (LES/pay stubs, orders, Spouse pay stubs/school schedule, self-certification form, military installation information request form, provider application documents) Assistance is based off income category and location.

Step Four: Apply on line and upload all supporting documents

Step Five: Receive approval within 7-10 business days of completed application.

Concorde Dental Hygiene College

Location: 4803 NW Loop 410 #200

San Antonio, TX 78229

DEERS (Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System)

DEERS registration is essential for your family to be eligible for TRICARE and other benefits. Any changes that impact you or your family (e.g., marriage, birth, divorce, death) need to be reported to DEERS so that eligibility can start or stop.

How to make an appointment online:

  • Go to https://rapids-appointments.dmdc.osd.mil
  • Select “Make an Appointment”
  • Select “TX”
  • Select “San Antonio”
  • Select “ID Card Section (HOSPITAL, JBSA-Lackland, or JBSA-Randolph, etc.)”
  • Click on the day you would like to schedule your appointment
  • Type in all required information and click submit

Need to update your DEERS?

With this application you can: update contact info such as email, phone number, and addresses, print and digitally sign DD 1172-2 (s) for family member ID card renewals.

For further instructions and a list of required documentation, please go to https://www.jbsa.mil/Resources/802d-Manpower-and-Personnel-Flight/ID-Cards/

JBSA-LACKLAND, 5616 Stewart St., 78236  (210) 671-6006

JBSA-RANDOLPH, 550 D Street East, 78150 (210) 652-3036

WILFORD HALL (210) 292-7144

JBSA-FORT SAM HOUSTON, 2484 Stanley Rd. Room 100B, 78234 (210) 221-0415

HOSPITAL (bldg 3600 ,Rm L18-5) 802 FSS/ID Card Section, 3551 Roger Brooke Dr. (210) 916-0838

Dunn Dental Clinic: Pediatric Dentistry

Location: Bldg. 6418, JBSA-Lackland

Phone: 210-671-9836

DROP-IN PEDIATRIC DENTAL SCREENINGS, 2nd Tuesday/Month, 0800-1000, Dunn Dental Clinic

Pediatric dentistry drop-in dental screenings are offered at the Dunn Dental Clinic on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 0800-100, in section D200. No appointment is needed.

Endeavors

The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Endeavors, provides high-quality, accessible, and integrated mental health care to Veterans and their families regardless of role while in uniform, discharge status, or ability to pay. The Military Family Clinic uses evidenced-based practices with a integrated approach to improving the quality of life for our Veterans and their families. Veterans and their family members are able to receive services individually and as a family unit at the same place with the same treatment team.The Military Family Clinic will also help connect Veteran families to additional future supports, e.g., housing programs, as necessary.

6363 De Zavala Road, Suite 300 San Antonio, Texas 78249
(210) 399-4838
https://www.endeavors.org/mfc-sanantonio/

JBSA-FSH Ticket Office

The Ticket Office offers a wide variety of discount tickets for purchase to local amusement parks and attractions, as well as theme parks such as Disney World, Universal Studios and the San Diego Zoo.

Visit https://jbsatoday.com/FSH-Ticket-Office or call (210) 808-1378/1376 for location and hours.

JBSA-RND Information, Tickets and Travel

ITT offers discounted tickets for admission to local attractions, sporting events, SeaWorld®, Six Flags Fiesta Texas®, and much more. They also provide discounted tickets to most local special events throughout the year such as Folk Life and Wurstfest, etc., as well as local Broadway shows. They also offer discount tickets for both Disney and Universal Studios®. Prices are subject to change without notice.

Visit https://jbsatoday.com/RND-ITT or call (210) 652-5142 for location and hours.

JBSA-LAK Information, Tickets & Travel

Information, Tickets & Travel (ITT) has a wide array of discounts to theme parks, water parks, sporting events, festivals and theatrical performances in and around the San Antonio and Texas area. ITT also carries discount tickets to numerous attractions and dinner shows in Florida, California and various other places across the U.S. All prices and availability are subject to change without notice. Some tickets must be prepaid and special ordered.

Visit https://jbsatoday.com/LAK-ITT or call (210) 671-3059 for location and hours.

Local Military & Veterans Discounts

https://militarybenefits.info/local-military-veterans-discounts/ List of 2019 military and veterans discounts for brick and mortar businesses in local cities and counties. Discounts vary by business but can include active duty, veterans, retirees, reservists and dependents for all branches of the military; Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy and Reserve forces.

Military OneSource

Offers multiple resources for Active Duty families including FREE PRIVATE NON-MEDICAL COUNSELING, SPECIALTY NEEDS CONSULTATION, Family & Relationships, Financial & Legal, Health & Wellness, Education and Employment, On & Off Base Living, Deployment & Transition. Each person we serve is on a journey through the military life cycle. We’re here to help, with robust online information and resources vetted by the Department of Defense. In addition, Military OneSource connects you to high-quality programs, services and products developed for military life. Turn to Military OneSource for tax services, spouse employment help, webinars and online training, relocation and deployment tools, and much more.

https://www.militaryonesource.mil/

(800) 342-9647

Mission United

Our Military Navigators are veterans, have walked in your boots and, can relate to the sacrifices you’ve had to make. With access to a multitude of resources at their fingertips, United Way and the Military I&R Navigators can connect callers to community resources to help reduce stress, give support, and provide advocacy to those members in need.

Peer to Peer Talk, Connecting to Resources, Referral Services, Caring Support. Free Resources in a Judgement Free Zone.

https://www.unitedwaysatx.org/

Dial 211 (210) 227-4357 (HELP) FREE & Confidential.

Military Child Education Coalition

It’s mission is to ensure inclusive, quality educational opportunities for all military-connected children affected by mobility, transition, deployments and family separation. www.militarychild.org

Military Children/Child Care Resources

Child Care for Medical Appointments
Children 6 weeks – 5 years must be registered with CDC prior to appointment. $4/hr, max 3 hours, Monday- Friday 8:00am-2:30am
Register at SFAC bldg. 3639 or CDC bldg. 2530
Request Care up to 1 month in advance
For more information, call 210-539-7071 or 210-221-5502

 

Family Child Care
A Home Away From Home – Where Children Learn Through Play! The Family Child Care Program organizes care for children (2 weeks to 12 years of age) within a home environment with a licensed care provider located both on and off base within a 10-mile radius. The FCC offers unique care in special circumstances beyond traditional day care through the Expanded Child Care Program.

JBSA-RND: https://jbsatoday.com/RND-Family-Child-Care

JBSA-LAK: https://jbsatoday.com/LAK-Family-Child-Care
(210) 671-3376/ (210) 671-4987

JBSA-FSH: https://jbsatoday.com/FSH-FCC
(210) 221-3820

 

JBSA-LAK Child Development Program
JBSA-Lackland features three Child Development Centers (Lackland, Kelly Field, and Gateway) that offer the same activities and promote social, emotional, cognitive and physical developmental needs of each individual child from ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. Enriched activities are offered for children ages 3-5 and include programs like language, music, beginning reading skills, pre-writing, pre-math, science, nutrition, computer technology and social skills.
Click here for more information.

Gateway Child Development Center 1555 Holloman Ave, Bldg. 3220
(210) 671-1040/1052

Kelly Child Development Center 3002 General Hudnell Dr, Bldg. 61
(210) 925-5747/3851

Lackland Child Development Center 2310 Kenly Ave, Bldg. 8206
(210) 671-3675/3168

 

JBSA-RND Child Development Program (CDP)
The CDP welcomes children between the ages of 6 weeks and 5 years. The CDP provides activities and programs that support children’s social, emotional, physical and intellectual development. The program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The CDP is a USDA certified center, providing breakfast, lunch and two snacks each day.

(210) 652-4946
Click here for more information.

 

JBSA-FSH Child Development Program
The Child Development Program’s mission is to support the morale and welfare of service members by offering comprehensive programs that improve and enhance their children’s well being. The CDP offers a developmentally age appropriate program for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years.
Click here for more information.

FSH Child Development Center Main 2530 Funston Rd, Bldg. 2530
(210) 221-5002

Pre-K Before & After School Program
(210) 221-4466

 

JBSA-FSH Youth Programs
The JBSA-FSH Youth Programs offers recreation and educational programs for youth in grades 6th-12th. The activities within the program provide youth with many wide-ranging recreational, social, leadership and volunteer opportunities. Youth Programs also has a school age program that offers before and after school care for youth ages 5-12. Summer and holiday camps are available seasonally. School Age Programs offers clubs during the school year for a variety of interests and are affiliated with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and 4-H Clubs.

Ed Parker Youth Center
Bldg. 1630
(210) 221-3502/ (210) 221-4492

Click here for more information.

 

JBSA-LAK Youth Programs
JBSA-Lackland Youth Programs includes programming for School Age care, Youth Sports, Teen Programs and extra curricular activities. Youth Programs implements activities targeting recreational, educational and pro-social programs designed to promote self-esteem, character development, healthy lifestyles, academic excellence, leadership and fitness.
(210) 671-2388

Teen Center (ages 13-18)
Bldg. 8420
(210) 671-7343

Click here for more information.

 

JBSA-RND Youth Programs
Youth Programs (YP) provides a safe, supervised program based on the interests and needs of our children. Our curriculum focuses on ensuring all children have a positive experience that helps develop a sense of competence, sense of usefulness, sense of belonging and a sense of influence. Our activities and programs are designed to improve and maintain the physical and mental well-being of youth up to age 18. The YP facility has a gymnastics room, dance room, preteen/game room and teen room.

Bldg. 584 & 585
(210) 652-3298/ (210) 652-2088
Click here for more information

 

Preschool Program for Children With Disabilities (PPCD)– Ft Sam Elementary

They have a program in Sam Houston Elementary for 3 year olds, with autism and other conditions.

Click here for more information.

 

JBSA School Liaison Office (SLO)
With each move, military children face many school-related challenges. SLO is the central point of contact for commanders, military families, and local school systems on school-related matters for grades K-12.They can help ease the transition from one school to another (before and after a move) and help with navigating the school systems to ensure our military youth are given the opportunity to achieve their highest potential for academic success at any assigned location.
Click here for more information.

JBSA-Fort Sam Houston
Main Office: (210) 221-2214, 221-2256

JBSA-Lackland
Main Office: (210) 671-8388

JBSA-Randolph
Main Office: (210) 652-3112

Network Behavioral Health Locator

Network Behavioral Health Locator

  1. Go to tricare.mil
  2. Click “Find a Doctor”
  3. Click “View All” under “All Providers Directory”
  4. Click link titled “East” under the Network Providers Box
  5. Search by Location
  6. Select “Behavioral Health”
  7. Choose the specialty drop down box appropriate for situation: (i.e. Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychologist, Social Worker, Counselor, etc.)
  8. Click Search – Then select a provider

Network Optometry Locator

  1. Go to tricare.mil
  2. Click “Find a Doctor”
  3. Click “View All” under “All Providers Directory”
  4. Click link titled “East” under the Network Providers Box
  5. Search by Location
  6. Select “Medical Specialist”
  7. Choose the specialty drop down box appropriate for situation: Optometrist
  8. Click Search – Then select a provider

59th Medical Wing: Wilford Hall

Appointment Line: 210-916-9900

 

New Parent Support Program

For new and expecting parents (Prenatal to age 3), this FREE program is designed for active duty military members and their families. It offers support, referral services, education and information. Services include: home visits, phone calls, classes, pregnancy information, mother/baby care, childbirth, newborn care, how your baby grows, breast and bottle feeding and more.

  • Lackland AFB: Wilford Hall Ambulatory Clinic, 1100 Wilford Hall Loop, Building #4554, 3rd Floor, B Wing; (210) 292-5967; Fax 292-0380
  • Randolph AFB: 221 3rd Street West. (210) 652-6308/3340; Fax 292-652-3178
  • Fort Sam Houston: 2270 Stanley Rd., Building #198. (210) 221-1996; Fax 539-2128

Please visit Website for more information

One in Five Minds

One in Five Minds – Helping Military Children and Teens

The One in Five Minds campaign, sponsored by Clarity Child Guidance Center, was created to raise awareness about children’s mental illness, to break down stigma and to increase access to treatment. Many times parents and community members hesitate to speak up or to ask the important questions about mental illness because of stigmaOne in Five Minds’ goal is that no one will be afraid to speak about mental illness and that all children in Bexar County who need treatment will be able to access it.

https://www.1in5minds.org/military

10 San Antonio Discounts for Military Families

Visit https://www.military.com/discounts/san-antonio-discounts-for-military-families.html to access lots of family-friendly military discounts within the San Antonio area.

Sea World San Antonio – Waves of Honor

We are proud to salute the men and women of our armed forces and their families. Waves of Honor permits any U.S. active duty military, activated or drilling reservist, or National Guardsman to one complimentary admission per year to either SeaWorld®, Busch Gardens® or Sesame Place® for military personnel and as many as three direct dependents.

Visit https://seaworld.com/san-antonio/tickets/military-discount/active-duty/ to get your free tickets.

Sesame Street for Military Families

Great resources for families and providers. sesamestreetformilitaryfamilies.org

University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio Oral Health and Research

Location: 8210 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio, TX

Phone: 210-450-3500

Vogel Resiliency Center

Family Life Program, or FLP, team collaborates with:  Nutrition Coaching, Ready and Resiliency Performance Center, Family Life Chaplain, Personal Financial Counseling, Teaching Kitchen, Substance Abuse, Suicide Awareness and the Army Wellness Center.

The FLP assists in improving the quality of life for individuals and families. Parenting, marriage, leadership, team building, anger, stress, communication and other life skills are the focus of the program.

The no-cost workshops are learning experiences aimed at developing and strengthening resilience, communication, promoting healthy relationships, coping with life events and realizing personal potential.

The VRC is located at 2490 Stanley Road, building 367.  Registration is free and accepted in person at the VRC or over the phone at 210-221-0349.

WIC (Women’s, Infants and Children’s Program [MILITARY]

Supplemental Nutrition Program for Pregnant, Postpartum and Breastfeeding Women, Infants and Children under 5 years of age. WIC is open to many incomes and families. Eligible participants receive Healthy food benefits, regular health and nutrition checkups and health referrals, personalized nutrition counseling and classes.

Breastfeeding counseling and support, as well as parent support groups and father peer mentorship are open to all, no need to be enrolled.

Lackland AFB-Annex: 5460 Walker Ave. Lackland AFB. (210) 674-7739. [Enter through last entrance onto training side of Lackland AFB. The building will be on the left, it is one-story, and has a sign “One Stop.”] Office hours: Monday-Thursday 0730 – 1800hrs. Walk-ins are welcome.

Fort Sam Houston: Military and Family Readiness Center Building 2797. 3060 Stanley Road, SFE 95, JBSA Fort Sam Houston. (210) 954-4566. Office Hours: First Tuesday and Third Wednesday Every Month. 0730 – 1800hrs.

Zoo Salutes

Valid only November 2019. San Antonio Zoo is honoring active duty, retired, veteran members of the military, national guard and reserves with free admission to San Antonio Zoo. Plus, up to 4 immediate family members can receive 50% off standard admission on date of visit. Also, military members plus, up to 4 dependents can save 20% on annual passes by visiting a zoo ticket window.