Maternity Care Coalition
Rating: 4.78 stars 18 reviews
Issues: Health, Reproductive Rights
Location: 2000 Hamilton St Ste 205 Philadelphia PA 19130 USA
Results: MCC serves over 4,000 women and babies a year. Additionally, we are Pennsylvania's largest provider of Early Head Start services.
Target demographics: Low-income pregnant women, families and children in Southeastern PA
Direct beneficiaries per year: 5,000
Geographic areas served: Philadelphia, Pottstown, Norristown, Delaware County
Programs: Public Policy, Research and Evaluation, and Services for families, Early Head Start (MOMobile, Cribs For Kids, Community Based Education, and Parenting Education) • Assessment of family needs and linkages to material support and resources • Enrollment of children in low or no-cost health insurance programs and other public benefits, such as Food Stamps, WIC, and housing and child care subsidies • Referrals to career training • Comprehensive safe sleep education and the provision of cribs to families who cannot afford them • Education on topics such as perinatal health, child development, parenting skills, nutrition, HIV prevention & testing, and lead poisoning prevention • Referrals to and follow-up of prenatal, pediatric, dental, and women’s health care resources • Referrals to behavioral health services, nutrition programs, housing, childcare, education, and other community resources • Prenatal and post-partum depression screening. Where appropriate, intervention by our staff clinician, or referral to other professional resources • Translation and cultural mediation MOMobile® Family Advocates stay in touch with clients and track their progress in a number of ways throughout their pregnancy and birth. They visit clients at home and contact them by mail or phone. Home visits allow Family Advocates to observe clients’ parenting practices in a comfortable environment and then teach and model effective and appropriate parenting skills. By supporting parents from pregnancy through infancy, Family Advocates can monitor and encourage participation in regular prenatal care, postpartum, and well baby care. They help moderate crisis situations and assist clients in strengthening their family support networks.
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My child was enrolled in an Early Head Start classroom. She thrived in the classroom. Prior to being in this classroom, she was in a regular toddler classroom setting. Everyday she would cry when I dropped her off and still be crying when I picked her up. Someone had suggested to me that I try Early Head Start for her. I met with a wonderful person that enrolled my child and assured me that they would work with my child and be patient with her separation issues. The first day I dropped her off I waited for the crying to begin but it never happened. The teacher welcomed us both warmly and made us both very comfortable. All week I waited for my daughter to cry and it never happened. She was always happy to go to school and see her friends. I was amazed at the change in her. The staff that enrolled me kept in contact with me to make sure she was adjusting well. The Center Family Advocate met with us regularly to talk about her development and to share information with me. My daughter is very successful in school now and I think that her education from Early Head Start and Head Start made that possible.
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