First Birthdays

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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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Our Goals

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

VOLUNTEER at a party

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!



DONATE Items for Gifts & Prizes



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!; 614-620-9198

Be A Participant

FirstBdayAug-9Do 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. 

Call 614-620-9198 

Coffee Time!

CoffeeTime_Raquel_Shanetta20160301 JoeEatsApplesauce20160301This 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.


Healthy Cupcakes for the Birthday Babies- made with applesauce, bananas and cream cheese icing.

First Birthdays are always the first Saturday of the quarter at 3pm.
THE NEXT PARTY: August 5, 2017 at 3pm

November 4, 2017

 February 3, 2018




We love our supporters! 

Partner: Nationwide Children’s Hospital


The Diaper Angels

Columbus Public Health


Diaper Connection

South Side Learning and Development Center

Buckeye Community Health Plan


Ohio Health


Nurse-Family Partnership

Growing Healthy Kids

Ohio State University Health Sciences

Capital University Nursing School