Many agencies and programs in the Columbus area can help you with things you need to care for your baby during pregnancy and while parenting. They offer many resources to help you have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.
Action for Children
Action for Children provides free information and assistance with choosing childcare, parenting programs for mothers and fathers, parenting workshops and learning checkups for kids of all ages throughout Central Ohio. They also assist people who operate home-based childcare.
78 Jefferson Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-0222 in English & Spanish or (855) 302-4453 Toll-free or (800) 750-0750 PTDD/Ohio Relay Service
Birthright offers emergency services and assistance for women with unplanned pregnancies. They provide referrals for prenatal care. Birthright also provides pregnancy and delivery education, maternity clothing, layettes, diapers, wipes and vouchers for other items. No referral required for Services. There are two locations.
Helpline (toll free): 1-800-550-4900
|2453 W. Mound St
Columbus, Ohio 43294
Mon - Fri 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
|4766 N High St
Columbus, Ohio 43214
Tues, Wed & Fri 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Celebrate One and Step One
Celebrate One is a community initiative set up to reduce infant mortality. The website has information, resources and support for pregnant or parenting women and teens. Celebrate One also hosts Community Baby Showers.
StepOne helps connect women with affordable, timely and convenient prenatal care, and resources for a healthy pregnancy.
1111 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Center for Healthy Families
Center for Healthy Families is a supportive, free program for pregnant or parenting teens ages 13 to 19 in Franklin County. It provides a Resource Advocate to assist with parenting resources, housing, education, child care, employment and a variety of other needs. TaP (Teenage and Pregnant) social workers can make a referral or you are able to refer yourself.
500 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
CHAMPS (College & High School Aspiring Mothers Partnership for Success)
CHAMPS is a mentoring program between college single parent students and Columbus area high school teen girls and young women who are parenting or pregnant. They offer one-on-one mentoring and online group mentoring. They accept applications into the fall for the school year. This program is provided through The Ohio State University ACCESS Collaborative Program.
Mailing Address: 154 West Twelfth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
Physical Address: 84 North Seventeenth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
Call (614) 247-7092 or contact Jessica Parent at email@example.com.
CHLOE (Community, Health, Life Skills, Opportunities and Education) allows you to earn credit to get baby items by attending mentoring and education services for pregnant teens and teen moms in Franklin County. Programs include Teen Mom Connections, Plus One, Mentoring and the Learning Lab. Ages include 13-21. Contact Connie for further information.
739 S. Yearling Whitehall, Ohio 43213
Choice parent resource center offers free maternity clothing, baby clothing, and other baby items. Open to the public; no referral needed. Located near 270 and Cleveland Avenue.
2584 Oakstone Dr.
Columbus, Ohio 43231
Open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m.
Columbus Public Health Childhood Injury Prevention Program Car Seat and Safe Sleep (crib) Program
This program provides reduced-cost car seats to low income families. Expectant mothers at 33 to 35 weeks and caregivers interested in the reduced cost car seat program are required to attend a one-hour class to receive a car seat for around $30 to $40 or a booster seat for $10. The seats are new. There are free car seat checks at fitting stations throughout Columbus. Seats are available for children through school age. Call for classes, seat check dates, or an appointment. Safe sleep classes are also offered to low-income families who need assistance obtaining a crib free of charge. Classes generally last one hour.
|Car Seat Program
240 Parsons Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Safe Sleep Classes
Columbus Public Health - Maternal & Child Health Home Visiting Programs
- My Baby & Me
- Moms & Babies First
- Pregnancy Support Services
- Newborn Home Visiting
- My Baby and Me Tobacco Free
Programs provide free services to support pregnant and parenting women. These services include regular home visits from nurses, social workers and outreach workers.
You can get education and information on:
- Women’s health
- Infant health
- Child development
- Support and guidance to solve problems and overcome barriers
- Help with applying for Medicaid and WIC
- Finding a doctor for your baby
- Help with getting social services
- Other assistance as needed
- Call to be connected to the program that fits you best
(614) 724-BABY (2229)
Community Development for All People (CD4AP) and All People’s Fresh Market
This program provides:
- Free produce, clothing and household items to families in need
- Affordable housing on the South Side of Columbus
- Youth development
- Health coaching
- Low cost bike repairs and more.
This also includes the All People’s Fresh Market, which has free fresh food 5 days a week. Go online to find out more information about their different programs.
946 Parsons Ave
Columbus, Ohio 43206
Main Phone: (614) 445-7342
Free Store Phone: (614) 443-1714
Directions for Youth & Families
Teen Parent Connection offers home, school and community-based counseling, case management and parenting education to youth ages 12 to 21 who are parenting or pregnant. Referrals to other community resources are also provided
Positive Paths Parenting Program is for parents or caregivers, with children of any age, who are in need of learning basic parenting skills. Each class series has up to 8 hours of instruction and a certification is given upon completion. There is a fee for this program.
All classes are held at 3616 East Main Street, Whitehall, Ohio 43213.
Ready Set Grow (Kindergarten Readiness) offers an in-home kindergarten readiness program working directly with children and parent or guardian to enhance learning and help parents with child development skills. For families with children 3 to 6 years of age who may not be ready for kindergarten. There are eligibility requirements.
1515 Indianola Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
Gladden Community House
Gladden Community House is a settlement house serving Franklinton and its surrounding neighborhoods. They are a United Way affiliated non-profit agency providing education and recreation programs, emergency assistance, and advocacy and support for individuals, families, and groups.
Gladden Food Pantry provides emergency food assistance to households living within service areas (zip codes 43222, 43223, and 43215 west of the river).
Hours of Operation
Monday and Wednesday: 1 to 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
318 S. Glenwood Ave.
Columbus, OH 43223
HandsOn Central Ohio
Comprehensive information and referral service that connects those in need with thousands of social service, government and community resources. They help find a solution to any need. This also includes an Emergency Food and Shelter Program. Free and confidential, available throughout Franklin County 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Location: 195 north Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
- Information Referral: 2-1-1 or www.211centralohio.org
- Homeless Hotline: (888) 474-3587
- Foodline: (614) 341-2282 or text “Food” to (614) 702-7772
Resource Guides: firstname.lastname@example.org
Help Me Grow/Healthy Families of America
The Home Visiting Program is a free program for first-time pregnant mothers who meet income requirements. A home visitor will provide pregnancy and parenting education, demonstrate nurturing parent-child activities, and connect you with community resources. Services are available until the child turns 3 years old.
The Early Intervention Program helps families of children from birth to 3 years old with developmental delays and disabilities. The program addresses concerns about a child’s development, such as an infant or toddler’s language, feeding, walking, handling of toys, seeing or hearing. There are no income requirements. You may ask a social worker for a referral or refer yourself.
(800) 755-GROW (4769)
Joint Organization for Inner-City Needs (JOIN)
Provides limited financial assistance for various needs such as utilities that have been shut off or have shut-off notices, water, fuel and assistance with birth certificates. You will need a referral letter from an agency/organization for JOIN. Makes referrals to community agencies who assist in the prevention of repeat crisis.
578 East Main St.
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Offers clothing, furniture, personal care items and household goods to families in need. Furniture requires an agency-written referral by your church or local agency/organization. Near Mount Caramel East Hospital.
240 Outerbelt Street
Columbus, Ohio 43213
Tuesdays 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Little Bottoms Free Store
Their vision is to partner with CelebrateOne, the numerous Franklinton organizations who support the area, and neighborhood residents to create a healthy, supportive, and safe community for families in Franklinton and the west side of Columbus. They help provide diapers, wipes and clothing. They also accept donations.
This is a ministry of Central City Church, a United Methodist Church, done in partnership with West Park UMC, Bottoms Up Coffee, CelebrateOne and other neighborhood partners.
89 West Park Avenue
Columbus, OH 43222
Thursdays: 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Maternity Resource Centers
Provides free maternity clothing and infant and toddler clothing. Diapers, bottles and other baby items are subject to availability. No referral necessary but picture ID is required. ID for children that includes their name and date of birth, such as a birth certificate, is also required.
Immanuel Baptist Church
3417 Palmetto St.
Columbus, Ohio 43204
Wednesdays: 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
North end of west side of building, Blue and white sign over the door.
Mom’s2B provides weekly prenatal education and support programs for pregnant and parenting mothers. Free transportation to program sessions may be provided as well as free childcare, food and incentives for attendance. There are many locations around the Columbus area.
Phone: (614) 292-1605
- Moms2B East
Ohio State University East-Wallace Auditorium
181 Taylor Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
Thursdays 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
- Moms2B Linden
New Salem Baptist Church
2956 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43224
Mondays 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- Moms2B North
Epworth United Methodist Church
5100 Karl Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
Tuesdays 1 to 3 p.m.
- Moms2B Weinland Park
1182 N. Sixth St., Columbus, Ohio 43201
Wednesdays 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Grace Missionary Baptist Church
- Moms2B Hilltop
Hillcrest Baptist Church 2480 W. Broad St., Columbus, Ohio 43204
Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- Moms2B Franklinton
Mount Caramel West
Healthy Living Center
777 W. State St., Columbus, Ohio 43222
Thursdays 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Moms2B South
Community Development for All People
946 Parsons Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43206
Mondays 3 to 5 p.m.
- Moms2B Southeast
New Birth Christian Ministries
3475 Refugee Road, Columbus, Ohio 43232
Wednesdays 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Nationwide Children’s Hospital Education Classes
Offers a range of free and low cost classes for children, teens, adults and parents of infants and kids of all ages and abilities. Examples include:
- Adoption Academy
- Adult-Infant-Child CPR
- ADHD Academy
- Autism Academy
- Basic Babysitter Training
- Community Education for Diabetes
- Infant Care
- Parenting Class: 1234 Parents!
- Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) 614-598-1882
- Sibshops-for brothers and sisters of children with autism
- Sounds of Love in Early Childhood: Music Therapy
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Nurse-Family Partnership is a program for women who are having their first baby. If you enroll, a specially trained nurse will visit you in your home throughout pregnancy and continue to visit until your baby is 2 years old. This is a free program for first-time, low income moms and their babies. Women must be enrolled no later than the 28th week of their pregnancy. Let your TaP team help you enroll as soon as possible as there is often a waiting list!
655 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
POEM (Perinatal Outreach and Encouragement for Moms)
POEM offers free mom-to-mom support over the phone, email or in groups. You will find free information about postpartum depression and other maternal mental health support. Referrals to specialized health care providers and community resources are also available. POEM is the Ohio Coordinator of Postpartum Support International (PSI).
2323 West Fifth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204
General Contact: (614) 221-1441, ext. 104
Columbus Support Line: (614) 315-8989
St. Stephen’s Community House
Provides parenting classes to parents who have open Child Protective Services (CPS) cases only as they have a contract with CPS. Sessions last 4 weeks and are 4 hour sessions. Interested parents must call to schedule in advance.
1500 E. 17th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 294-6347 ext. 157
This is a community based, non-profit, advocacy organization. It works to empower African Americans and marginalized groups through economic, educational and social progress with programs, classes and services. Visit the website to learn more about the different programs that fall under these six categories:
- Restoring Citizens
- Keeping My Home
- Growing Our Kids
- Money & Mortgages
- Jobs & Training
- African American Male Initiative
788 Mount Vernon Avenue,
Columbus, Ohio 43203
This program is offered to support women who are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. The resource center operates on donations from the community to provide baby items for infants up to 18 months for those in need. There are no qualifications to receive assistance but a 30 minute intake meeting is required. Items are provided 4 weeks before the mother’s due date and after the baby is born. Items may include baby clothing, bottles, diapers, blankets, pacifiers, formula, baby food, car seats, bouncers and swings.
6000 Cooper Road
Westerville, Ohio 43081
Westside Free Store Ministries
Provides free clothing and supplies for pregnant women and families with infants.
61 South Powell Avenue - Columbus, Ohio 43204
Open Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Monday: Doors open at 9:30 a.m., shopping from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Thursday: Doors open at 2:30 p.m., shopping 3 to 5 p.m.
Saturday: Doors open and meal at 11 a.m., shopping 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Women’s Care Center
Attend parenting and childbirth classes to earn coupons for baby clothing, furniture, cribs, wipes and blankets. Class schedules are available online. Appointments are preferred. Walk-ins welcomed. There are 2 locations:
935 E Broad Street
3273 E Main Street
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