An African proverb states, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Remember when you had family and relatives you could count on to help out with the kids? Those days are long gone.
Parenting can be really stressful without reliable support. With the ever-changing demands of life and the uncertainty of our economic climate, more and more families are required to relocate. In addition, many families are unaware of local resources. One military spouse stated, “I don’t want to be close to anyone because they are just going to move away.”
We at the Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) are here to help meet your family’s needs. We offer a range of classes on a variety of topics, such as financial planning, parenting and resume writing, to name a few. We can provide free day care, with advance notice, for individuals who wish to attend classes. In addition, we offer confidential counseling services for individuals, families and children.
FFSC staff members are also knowledgeable about local resources — and all of our services are absolutely free!
We even have special services for the little ones. Every Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m. we offer a free toddler group that meets at the Midway Community Center at Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme. Toddler group is a great way for both children and parents to socialize, learn about local resources and make new friends. This group is not just for moms and tots — fathers are welcome too!
Run by child specialists, this group focuses on building fine and gross motor skills in children. Toddlers and their parents participate in story and singing time, arts and crafts, and outside play.
If you have any questions about our services, please don’t hesitate to call the FFSC at 982-5037.