Family Parenting Resources

The Coast Guard wants to support you as you grow, nurture and develop your family. These resources are intended to empower your success. If you identify resources that are not reflected, please send the My Coast Guard team an email.

Parenting Articles

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Tis the Season to Elect Better Health--It's Open Season Time
Nov. 7, 2019
The 2019 Open Season for federal civilians runs Nov. 12 to Dec. 9. During Open Season, all Coast Guard federal civilians can make changes to their health insurance.

Workforce News Graphics
Make sure you're ready for hurricane season
May 1, 2019
Hurricane season begins June 1 and runs through Nov. 30. You can't be ready to help others, unless you and your family are ready first. So it's important to set aside time to prepare.

Parenting Resources

Two key sources the Coast Guard Family Resources PDF and the Work-Life Family Landing Page are chock-full of 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 that the Coast Guard supports you with your parenthood journey, whether that occur through natural, assisted or adoption means—there’s information and resources each parenting path.

Child Development Centers
Coast Guard families—both civilians and members—have access to child care 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.

Childbirth Health Coverage
Service members can locate details about prenatal and 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 assists families by providing information on topics such as breastfeeding, nutrition and health, in addition, it 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.

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, instead, some of you 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.

Childcare Subsidy Information
The Coast Guard Child Care Subsidy Benefit Program assists Coast Guard members with subsidizing child care cost for their children. Families may qualify for subsidy benefits in accordance with the benefits table, which is a I 10 I Coast Guard Pregnancy & New Parent Resource Guide based upon service members’ pay grade.

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.

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 and are the primary points-of-contact for school-related matters for military parents as they assist families with school issues and coordinate with local school systems, all the while forging partnerships between the military and schools.

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 active 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 a 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.

Policy on Noncompetitive Appointment of Certain Military spouses
Federal agencies can hire certain military spouses without competition for competitive service positions. This site will answer all your questions about this hiring authority.

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

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.

Parenting Key Contacts

Office of Health, Safety & Work-life (CG-11)
This document is an overview of Health, Safety & Work-Life Office contacts including TRICARE regional practice and clinical representatives.