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.
Active interaction between children and their parents is critically important to stimulating healthy brain development from infancy through adolescence.
All it Takes is H.E.A.R.T. (Hug, Engage, Ask, Read, Talk), a partnership of the American Osteopathic Association and Erikson Institute, is designed to guide parents as they support early learning and development for their children.
The initiative promotes the following actions: HUG – Your child feels loved each time you embrace; ENGAGE – Simple interactions with your child can make a big difference; ASK – You can stimulate your child’s curiosity by asking questions; READ – Reading helps improve vocabulary; TALK – When you speak, your child will try to copy your sounds.
Click here to watch a short video about the importance of HEART initiative.
Provides free counseling services to eligible youth ages 0 to 17 and their families. Services provided at several locations across San Antonio. Crisis intervention and counseling services are available 24/7 by calling main number, 210-283-5183.
From ChildSafe, Family Endeavors, Grace House, Family Violence Prevention Services & Women’s Shelter, Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Urban Ministries Emergency Shelter, to college prep, foster care, employment connections, or assisted living services, learn more about what BCFS does Here
Find your local resources at the BCFS’ South Texas Centre in San Antonio Here
1506 Bexar Crossing
San Antonio, TX 78232
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.
Finding childcare can be difficult. We give you the tools you need to find a childcare provider that gives you peace of mind.
Child Care Aware® is the nation’s most respected hub of child care information for parents and child care providers. Our program helps families and providers locate child care resources in their communities across the United States.
Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) is a statewide program for families and children up to age 3, with developmental delays, disabilities or certain medical diagnoses that may impact development. ECI services support families as they learn how to help their children grow and learn.
ECI services provided by region, as below:
Click Here for more information on ECI.
The Fatherhood Campaign wants to promote responsible fatherhood by helping males and father’s of all ages to achieve greater self esteem and better awareness of their responsibilities to their families and community.
To achieve this success, we empower fathers to becoming successful through life skills building, family reunification, education and career training, employment support and child support compliance.
The Fatherhood Campaign has set up a hotline for information and support to families.
(210) 227-3463. 3014 Rivas St. Suite 20
At the National Center for Fathering, we work to improve the lives of children and reverse the trends of fatherlessness by inspiring and equipping fathers, grandfathers and father figures to be actively engaged in the life of every child.
Please go to https://insighttimer.com/meditation-app to review information about ‘Insight Timer’ a meditation app which nurtures daily meditation practices (with over 20,000 free meditations), sleep practices, and educational courses as well as libraries for kids and music. Available in iOS and Android.
Logisticare provides transportation services for children with special health care needs or ANY child who recieves medical assistance and Medicaid. Call at least 3 days in advance and up to 30 days in advance to schedule a pick-up- 877-835-7412.
Click here for more information on Medical Transportation
The purpose of the” Male Initiative” program is to strengthen the role of Fathers and male figures in the lives of their families. Contains link to important 7 minute “Engaging Fathers” video.
The Martinez Street Women’s Center transforms communities through women and girls by providing access to vital health services, quality education, and advocacy. We envision a world where women and girls achieve empowerment, equity, and justice.
Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) – Parents learn via observation, discussion, practice, & feedback to manage common behavior problems & developmental issues. (210) 908-9772. firstname.lastname@example.org
Catholic Charities, Family Connects…………………………………(210) 226-3030
Catholic Charities, Nurse Family Partnership………………………(210) 226-3030
Good Samaritan, Parents as Teachers………………………………(210) 434-5531
Madonna Center, HIPPY………………………………………………(210) 435-1391
There is no shame in letting your clinic know you struggle with transportation, and may not be able to make your appointment as scheduled. Most clinics have a “Practice Navigator” who may be able to help you!
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.
(210) 671-3376/ (210) 671-4987
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
Kelly Child Development Center 3002 General Hudnell Dr, Bldg. 61
Lackland Child Development Center 2310 Kenly Ave, Bldg. 8206
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.
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
Pre-K Before & After School Program
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
(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.
Teen Center (ages 13-18)
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
Main Office: (210) 671-8388
Main Office: (210) 652-3112
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.
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.
Dial 211 (210) 227-4357 (HELP) FREE & Confidential.
The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse is an Office of Family Assistance (OFA) funded national resource for fathers, practitioners, programs/Federal grantees, states, and the public at-large who are serving or interested in supporting strong fathers and families.
Network Behavioral Health Locator
Click on https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/series/daddy-matters to access online web series to explore why dads matter and what matters to dads.
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.
Please visit Website for more information
Roy Maas Youth Alternatives (RYMA) offers the Becoming a Love and Logic Parent training course. The seven week Becoming a Love and Logic Parent program was developed by Jim Fay, Charles Fay, PhD., and Foster W. Cline, M.D., of the Love and Logic Institute, Inc., in Golden, Colorado. It is $7 for each class or $35 when pre-registering for the whole course. To save time, parenting class registration forms can be downloaded here. Please call our office for further information at (210) 340-7971
Avance of San Antonio (210) 270-4630, or (210) 220-1788 118 N. Medina SAT 78207 Parenting Education, Adult Literacy, Fatherhood Services, Child Abuse/Neglect Intervention. www.avance.org
Brighton Center (210) 826-4492 Special Education Support. services provides training on special education issues. https://www.brightonsa.org/
Center for New Communities (210) 314-3200 1313 Guadalupe St. #200 SAT 78207 Services to expectant mothers and in home parent training for those with children under age 3. http://c4newcommunities.org/
Family Services Association (210) 299-2400 702 San Pedro SAT 78212 https://family-service.org/
Partners Resource Network. Empowering Parents Through Education. (877) 832-8945 Team Project Provides training on special education issues. Do you want to become an effective advocate for your child? We offer free webinars and in-person workshops across the state. https://prntexas.org/
Tips for Parents
These tips for parents give advice on topics ranging from bullying to water safety. Included are tips for children of all age groups – babies, toddlers, kids, preteens, and teens, plus quick video tips.
Looking for something for your kids to do? Download these games and activities. They’re fun, and they teach your kids some important lessons.
Reading Rockets is a national public media literacy initiative offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help. Please visit https://www.readingrockets.org/ for more information, and to access free resources designed to help.
Read to Your Baby:
Dozens of activities from birth to 7 years old to help young children cope with traumatic stressors in their lives. Check it out! sesamestreetincommunities.org/topics/traumatic-experiences/
Several resources for Foster Care families from Sesame Street. Click here https://sesamestreetincommunities.org/topics/foster-care/?activity=a-place-for-you
Texas Parent to Parent provides support, information, and education to families of children of all ages who have disabilities or chronic illness. The Texas Parent to Parent staff are parents of children with disabilities, chronic illness, or special health care needs. We have also spoken to thousands of families over the years. We are here to help – give us a call at 866-896-6001 or 512-458-8600.
A project of the Texas Education Agency committed to providing accurate and consistent information to parents and families of students with disabilities.
Has your child recently been diagnosed with a disability?
Do you have concerns about your child’s learning and are trying to find help?
Your child may be receiving special education services and you need to learn more.
Wherever you are in the process, we’ve been there.
We know the maze in which you find yourself.
Please go to https://www.therapistaid.com/ and access numerous free resources including videos, downloadable workbooks and education regarding mental health conditions, parenting, relaxation and supplemental treatments. Therapist Aid is dedicated to helping mental health professionals improve their craft by providing free evidence-based education and therapy tools. These tools are intended to supplement treatment, and are not a replacement for appropriate training.
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 is a supplemental food and nutrition education program funded by federal and state governments to make nutritious foods available to women, infants and children. The following persons may be eligible: Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or who have given birth within the past 6 months, Infants, Children under 5 years old.
Call 800-942-3678 (800-WIC-FORU) to learn more about Texas WIC.
Downtown: Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. 401 North San Saba. (210) 704-4180.
Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 6:30 pm. Walk-ins Welcome.
Medical Center: 5500 Babcock Rd, Suite 123. (210) 340-1161.
Office Hours: Monday – Thursday 7:30 am – 6:30 pm. Walk-ins Welcome.
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.
Please click on https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene to access dozens of free online Yoga videos, of all levels.
Yoga has been shown to: