Every baby deserves a chance to take their first step. To say their first word. To start their first day of school. To graduate from college. To get their first job. To have a baby. To get married. To be President! (National Healthy Start Association Infant Mortality Awareness Campaign.)
Community Development for All People agrees! And to support families and babies living on the South Side of Columbus, we want to celebrate first birthdays and encourage families along the way. Every baby born in our community will be welcomed and celebrated, surrounded by a supportive family, receive loving care and thrive in the years beyond! In collaboration with Nationwide Children’s Hospital, CD4AP hosts quarterly birthday parties celebrating every baby who has reached her/his first birthday during those months. These parties provide fun for babies and their older siblings, door prizes, diapers, and vendor tables with lots of great info and resources available in our community.
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To CELEBRATE and rejoice with parents and families that their baby has achieved this milestone
To SUPPORT parents– Moms and Dads– including pregnant women, and INFORM them of ways they can increase the likelihood of their baby having a 1st Birthday
To CREATE a “BUZZ” in the community about the importance of all of us working together to help support families so babies reach their 1st birthday
GUIDE families throughout the event
LEAD activities and
SERVE refreshments, including birthday cake
BAKE healthy cupcakes for the babies
Work BEHIND THE SCENES: Help Plan, Set Up, and/or Clean Up
Contact Sue Wolfe or Erin West if you would like to volunteer for our parties!
TOILETRIES for baby
DOOR PRIZES such as gift baskets for moms, laundry supplies, ways to pamper moms, entertainment baskets, gift cards
GIFTS AND BOOKS suitable for 1 year olds
CASH to support operations
Contact Erin West if you would like to donate!
Do you live on the South Side with a child under the age of one? Are you pregnant? You may be eligible to be a part of the First Birthdays program! Give us a call and we will get you registered for the party and will do a series of home visits to ensure that you have the resources possible to have a healthy pregnancy and a thriving baby.
This program is led by Andrea Wood to support expecting mothers and new mothers in the First Birthdays Program. There are scheduled events where women come together for a team building activity and support. If you are interested, please contact Andrea Wood at 614-445-7342 ext. 22.
First Birthdays are always the first Saturday of the quarter at 3pm.
THE NEXT PARTY: May 6, 2017 at 3pm
August 5, 2017
November 4, 2017
We love our supporters!
Partner: Nationwide Children’s Hospital
The Diaper Angels
Columbus Public Health
South Side Learning and Development Center
Buckeye Community Health Plan
Growing Healthy Kids
Ohio State University Health Sciences
Capital University Nursing School