Welcome to First Year Circle (FYC)! An open and welcoming group where parents with new babies can connect, support one another, and navigate this challenging yet special time together!

Join our First Year Circle Facebook Group to stay up-to-date on the latest tips and tricks!

Each week will welcome a new discussion topic relevant to pregnancy, postpartum care, parenting, infant health, and more!

Come relax in a quiet, safe space where your parenting choices are both respected and celebrated!

Expectant mothers are always welcome! Supervised play is provided (for children under 6) in the adjoining playroom for a donation of your choosing.


Check our programs calendar to stay up-to-date on the latest FYC offerings

Meet Jackie!

Meet First Year Circle’s facilitator, Jackie Steffes! With backgrounds in child welfare social work, family support services and the Nurturing Parenting program, Jackie is the perfect leader for our group! As a mom of three and recently welcoming her newest child in August of 2022, Jackie understands the questions and concerns new and veteran parents may have.

Join our First Year Circle and get the support you need to be the best parent you can be!


All First Year Circle sessions are held on Fridays from 10:00am-12:00pm at Bay View Community Center (unless a different location is indicated)

April 12 – CPR and choking basics for your little one,
 Labor and Delivery Nurse, Lauren Pham

April 19 – Safety: child proofing, car seats, and boundaries

April 26th – Organizing tips and strategies for decluttering a happy home for baby

May 3rd – Amazon finds for baby (please share your favorite must have items!)

May 10th – Day care 101 and adjusting 

May 17th – Breastfeeding open forum: Weaning, Pumping, Going Back to Work, and Q&A (Part 1),
ft. Kristina Nelson – Success Lactation RN, IBCLC

May 24th – Making healthy choices and finding motivation 

May 31st – Outdoor Play Day @ Humboldt Park

June 7th – Presentation from a Maternal Child Health Coordinator with United Health Care,
ft. Drew Gaddis, RN 

June 14th –Breastfeeding open forum: Weaning, Pumping, Going Back to Work, and Q&A (Part 2),
ft. Kristina Nelson – Success Lactation RN, IBCLC

June 21st – Attachment and Bonding 

June 28th – Open Discussion and play 

*Group topics are subject to change; each group is designed to meet the needs of the group participants.

Any questions, please email the FRC directly anytime at frc@bayviewcenter.org

Baby Beginnings is First Year Circle’s sister program at Betty Brinn Children’s Museum!

Baby Beginnings is a free program for caregivers and their newborns to come together while exploring the five senses. Hosted in Betty Brinn’s Pocket Park exhibit, each class will include stretches, tummy time activities, tracking practice, music, and hands-on exploration.

This program is designed for babies under 12 months and is best suited for those not walking yet.


Baby Beginnings sessions are held on Thursdays.
Doors open at 8:00am, and sessions run from 8:15am-8:45am
 at Betty Brinn Children’s Museum: 929 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Space is limited, so advance registration is strongly encouraged. Follow the link below to register for the next available session.

register for thursday, May 16th session

Future sessions: 6/20, 7/25, 8/15, 9/19, 10/17, 11/21, 12/19