First Steps

First Steps is…

. . . an “Earn While You Learn” program where participants can develop a wide range of parenting and life skills. Classes are offered in individual, group, and online settings, and participants earn points which can be used to obtain essential items for their children.

Class topics include pregnancy and childbirth, developmental milestones, caring for an infant, self-care, parenting skills, breastfeeding, and much more! 

 In addition, we have partnered with DUPACO Credit Union to offer a monthly Group Financial Class. We also offer PRIME, a mom’s support group. We also partner with IOWA WORKS to educate First Steps clients on topics like resume writing, job seeking, and interview skills.

The goal of First Steps is to equip expectant parents and parents of young children (under 5 years) to grow strong, healthy families and achieve their goals in life. 

BrightCourse gives the First Steps program the ability to provide reliable and documented content to our clients. Offering a wide range of topics that include lessons on pregnancy, infancy, toddlers, parenting, life skills, and more. Bright Course is also adding to this list with brand new lessons every month!

Items available to earn include:

  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Lotion & Wash
  • Strollers
  • High Chairs
  • Linens
  • Clothing to 5T
  • Pack n Plays
  • And more!

 First Steps Hours:

Monday: 8:30 – 4:00
Tuesday: 8:30 – 4:00
Wednesday: 8:30 – 4:00
Thursday: 8:30 – 4:00

For questions regarding First Steps or to enroll, please email

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Count the Kicks

Count the Kicks is an evidence-based stillbirth prevention campaign that educates and empowers expectant moms to track their baby’s movements in the third trimester of pregnancy. Research proves the importance of tracking fetal movement, and Count the Kicks encourages moms to get to know the normal movement pattern for their baby by having daily kick counting sessions using the free Count the Kicks app, which is available in 12 languages in the Apple and Google Play app stores.

Business Hours

Monday - Thursday: 9 :00am - 3pm
24 hour Helpline: 800-712-HELP

Our Address:

3365 Hillcrest Rd.
Dubuque, Iowa 52002

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