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Two key sources the Coast Guard Family Resources PDF and the Work-Life Family Landing Page provide information and services to help you get health care or select the best child care or school for your family

Coast Guard Pregnancy and New Parent Resource Guide
This document provides information on medical care, medical records, leave, and the ways the Coast Guard supports you with your parenthood journey, whether that occur through natural, assisted, or by adoption. There’s information and resources for each parenting path.

Child Development Centers
Coast Guard families—both civilians and members—have access to childcare centers and infant and toddler programs at military bases, as well as, at other sites throughout the nation. Discover which resources are best for your family.

The Family Child Care Program (FCC) Home Environment Child Care
The Coast Guard is aware that child care facilities are not everyone’s first preference. Families may to prefer to place your children in certified home environments. You can either search for licensed Coast Guard FCC homes in your area or you can apply to become a provider yourself—the opportunity of provider is open to active duty spouses although participants can include, members, reservists, and civil service employees. This blog post explains the FCC program in more detail.

Coast Guard Special Needs Program
The Special Needs Program provides resources for Coast Guard family members that pertain to medical, psychological, and physical conditions. This program ensures that members with dependents who have special needs are assigned to duty stations where those resources are most accessible. Here is a blog post that provides an overview of services.

Childbirth Health Coverage
Service members can locate details about prenatal, child birth care and coverage on this TRICARE informational site.

Safe Harbor – Navy Wounded Warrior Program
Explore services that are available to your family as your wounded hero recovers from the injuries incurred while serving our country. There are programs to help your children cope with a loved one’s injuries and grants for sports, camps, and tutoring.

Adoption Assistance Programs
The Coast Guard Mutual Assistance Program offers loans and grants directly related to adoption fees, attorney fees, court costs, and travel expenses acquired during the adoption process.

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program Services
WIC provides information on topics such as breastfeeding, nutrition, and health. In addition, WIC provides clinic resources throughout the country that provide free-of-charge resources like milk and diapers. You can apply and learn more information through the link above.

Coast Guard Foundation Scholarships
Did you know that educational support is available to Coast Guard family members? Check out the grants and scholarships available to the children, spouses and other dependents of Service members, fallen heroes, enlisted members, and reservists.

Department of Defense School Liaison Officers
School liaison officers provide services for military families. They are the primary points-of-contact for school-related matters for military parents assisting families with school issues and coordinating with local school systems, all the while forging partnerships between the military and schools.

Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) (virtual school for military children)
Have you ever considered home schooling or have special education needs for your children? DoDEA has extensive resources including curriculums, public schools and partnerships, international and virtual schooling opportunities that will either supplement or enrich your child’s educational needs.

Military Child Education Coalition
Need enrichment educational resources for your child? This site offers virtual learning opportunities for military-connected students, parents and professionals.

Tutor.com
Free online tutoring and homework help is available for military families—at no cost to you. It is provided by the U.S. Department of Defense and the Coast Guard Mutual Assistance program.

Unitedthroughreading.org
This special program assists in bridging the gaps of separation between deployed military members and their children using the gift of reading. This program helps military members record themselves reading books to be sent to their families back home.

Operation Purple Camp
This one to two-week summer camp is free for children of at least one military parent. The camp fosters a community where kids can bond with new friends who understand the difficulty of having a parent who is sometimes absent due to service.

Coast Guard Pregnancy and New Parent Resource Guide
This guide includes information you need on medical care, medical records, leave, and the ways the Coast Guard supports you with your parenthood journey—through natural, assisted, or adoption.

Adoption Assistance Programs
The Coast Guard Mutual Assistance Program offers loans and grants directly related to adoption fees, attorney fees, court costs, and travel expenses acquired during the adoption process.

Coast Guard Ombudsman Program Instruction, COMDTINST 1750.4E
This instruction provides guidance and assigns responsibilities for the Coast Guard’s Ombudsman Program.

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