In each of our classes, clients earn “baby bucks” that they can spend in our “store” to buy everything from diapers, wipes and baby clothes to cribs and bouncy seats.  All classes are free, approximately 1 hour long and happen once a week. We have classes running several times throughout the week and we work with your schedule to meet your needs.

For more information or to set up an appointment to register for a class, please call the center at 207-942-1611.

Prenatal & Parenting

We offer a variety of prenatal and parenting classes free of charge to our clients.  Through regular lessons that include videos and worksheets, you’ll learn important and interesting information about your pregnancy and your baby.

Early Pregnancy

Early Pregnancy lessons provide “a glimpse into the life growing inside you and the amazing developments happening along the way. It also helps you to know what to expect as your pregnancy progresses.” Topics include prenatal care- what to expect at doctor appointments, which foods are healthiest to eat during pregnancy and which are not, which products are safe to use and which are not, etc.

Pregnancy, Labor & Birth

Pregnancy, Labor and Birth offers helpful and practical classes designed to help you be prepared for labor, birthing and parenting a newborn. Some of the topics covered are what to expect during the 3rd Trimester of pregnancy, understanding the different stages of labor, and what is postpartum depression and what you can do if you think you have it.

Essentials of Parenting

Essentials of Parenting is for first time parents or those who need a refresher course. This class is for parents of a newborn up through 1 year. The classes give you the essentials you need to be the best parent you can be. Topics covered include basic newborn care, routine illnesses, car seat safety and many more.

Parenting Toddlers

Parenting Toddlers is for parents of children 12 – 36 months. Covering some of the toughest challenges the parent of a toddler faces: dealing with temper tantrums, potty training, nutrition for the toddler years, etc.

Classes for Dads

First Step is proud to offer multiple classes for fathers. Through these classes, fathers will not only have the opportunity to learn some basic, core parenting skills, but can also have the opportunity to earn items for their child(ren).

Each class at our center earns you “Baby Bucks,” which can be collected to use in our store, where we offer the following items:

  • Diapers
  • Baby wipes
  • Onesies
  • Clothing
  • Blankets
  • Books
  • Cribs
  • Swings

Our classes include the following courses:

Practical Fatherhood

This four-to-six week course will cover the importance of:

  • Spending effective and healthy time with your child(ren)
  • Being a good role model to your child(ren)
  • Treating the mother of your child(ren) with respect
  • Being a leader in your household, showing emotional strength, love, and kindness

Baby Basics

For the Expectant Father

A one-hour class dealing specifically with issues surrounding pregnancy, labor and birth from a dad’s perspective.

For Dads of Newborns & Infants

A one-hour class covering issues important to new dads.

*Note: These two classes can be included as part of the six-week Practical Fatherhood course.

Bible Studies

At First Step, we recognize that many of our clients’ needs are spiritual, as well as physical and emotional. For this reason, we offer several Bible studies at First Step. Each study includes plenty of time for questions and all materials are provided free of charge. Studies currently offered are on the Book of John, Single Motherhood and Abortion Recovery.