MCC not only provides services to families through programs such as Cribs for Kids and Early Head Start but is also working hard to make long-lasting change in the Philadelphia community for all families in the Southeast Pennsylvania region with their work in policy and research. It is an all-encompassing agency that is working diligently to affect change and provide a voice to women and children in the area and beyond.
I have over twenty-fine years professional experience in the fields of maternal child health and early childhhod education. For over twenty of those years MCC has been a local, and often national, leader in policy and practice. MCC's growth from a small grassroots organization to a mid-size non-profit has been strategic, well managed and consistent with the needs of the communities it serves. MCC's staffing, organizational structure, financial management, and administration are efficient, effective and always in service of the needs of pregnant women, new mothers and children who are living in poverty. MCC stands out among non-profits on almost every measure. This is a non-profit worthy of support.
This organization supports famiies with young children with material assistance (cribs), rides for medical care during pregnancy, early head start programs for young children, and education about breast feeding, child safety, and many other important topics. The staff and the leadership of the Maternity Care Coalition are top-notch and dedicated. The values of the organization include growth for everyone who works there so that staff are valued as well as clients. The number of small and large grants that are pieced together every year to keep the engines running and the organization functioning are so many that the achievement of generating them is nothing short of astonishing. A policy staff advocates on the important policy issues and keeps the larger community aware of key developments. It would be impossible to say too many positive things about how well this group pursues it mission and succeeds.
I started volunteering with MCC after leaving a long career as an attorney to stay at home with my young kids. I realize how fortunate I am to be able to care for my children in an effective as well as loving way, because I have the necessary resources and support. MCC helps provide that support for others in ways that are both meaningful and empowering. To me, the fact that many of the people whom MCC helped at some point in the past go on to work or volunteer for the agency also speaks volumes. It is a wonderful organization.
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.
I was connected to an internship in the Public Policy Department of MCC through the Civic House at the University of Pennsylvania at the beginning of 2012. I really enjoyed my time at MCC - not only have I become much more knowledgeable on the maternal and child health policy issues facing Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the nation as a whole, but I've also honed writing and communication skills. The work MCC does is truly inspiring, and the organization makes a huge difference in the community. My time at MCC has shaped my future career goals, and I strongly recommend getting involved in this organization.
When my grandson was two, he attended the EHS childcare program MCC offered at their south site. A therapist for another child, was in the classroom and noticed my grandson's behavoir. The therapist knew me, and shared her observations and suggested we have my grandson evaluated. I encouraged my daugther and Son-in-Law to do just that, my garndson was later diagnosed with ADHD. I applaued the services MCC's EHS program provided and the community partnerships they had in place. If not for MCC, and a therapist being welcomed in the classroom, my grandson may have went undiagnosed or worse mis-diagnosed. Instead he recieved services to assist with his continuing growth and development. He is now a third grader, on honor roll. Serveral years later when my daugther found out ,they were expecting again. Immediately after beginning prenatal care, which she knew was important, due to previous education and support MCC provided her, she called MCC and registered again!!!
This summer I worked at Cribs for Kids (C4K) in the Maternity Care Coalition. I learned new facts about safe sleep and SIDS prevention for babies that I did not previously know. Additionally, I learned how to use this information and explain it to our clients during home visits, office pick-ups, and workshops. Along with this education, we provide Pack 'n Plays to families that cannot otherwise afford to purchase a safe place for their baby to sleep.
Everyone immediately welcomed me on my first day at C4K. I was treated as a C4K advocate and not just a summer intern. I was able to share the responsibilities of all of the team members. I was able to learn and do most of the components of the program from taking calls off our hotline, enrolling clients, scheduling their appointment, and providing the education. This was a wonderful experience for me because I was able to enhance communication skills with the clients that I will need as I advance in my career.
I was placed at the Cribs for Kids at the Maternity Care Coalition via an internship program. During my time at MCC, I met many dedicated and driven individuals who understand the importance of giving families a healthy, safe, and educated start. The key to a healthy population is truly rooted in healthy mothers and babies, and MCC promotes this ideology in all of its services and goals. The best part of my experience with MCC was directly interacting with and visibly impacting underserved families. Whether through home visits or workshops, the Cribs for Kids team positively makes a difference by immersing themselves in the community, providing clients with safe cribs for their children, and connecting people with the resources they need most to improve and succed.
I was an AmeriCorps member, placed at MCC through the Philadelphia Health Corps. The experience of working at such an amazing nonprofit organization truly helped to shape my future career and educational goals. From the moment I began working at MCC, I felt so connected to all of the work they do in the community. Becoming a member of the Cribs for Kids team allowed me to grow professionally and really learn what it means to work as a team and be flexible. Every experience I was afforded while working at MCC was enriching and fulfilling and I could not be happier that I was placed here. The people I met and learned from this year, whether they were fellow colleagues at MCC, clients of the Cribs for Kids program, or people I just happened to come into contact with through working at MCC all impacted my experience, and I am very grateful for that. I would love to work for MCC again in the future.
I completed my junior internship with Cribs for Kids during the spring semester. From my first to last day at MCC I felt as though I was truly welcome. Everyone was very pleasant and respectful of each other, which made for a very amiable environment to work in. I do not believe that I have ever witnessed a group of individuals collaborate so well together, as I did while interning with the Cribs for Kids team. Everyone was truly dedicated and passionate about their job, and worked on one accord in an effort to implement the mission of the organization. I was presented with opportunities which allowed me to become knowledgeable and develop skills related to my future profession in public health, rather than being given tedious task with no room to grow. Overall I believe completing this internship with Cribs for Kids was a very positive experience. and if I had the opportunity to work with this team again I would.
As anyone viewing this site knows, there are an overwhelming number of nonprofit organizations out there and it can be difficult to distinguish the really great ones from all the rest. MCC is truly one of the great ones. Over the two years I worked at MCC as assistant to the Executive Director, MCC served and empowered thousands of women and their families in the greater Philadelphia area. I think one of the greatest testaments to MCC's success is the number of clients who have gone on to become MCC staff members. This shows just how much MCC made a difference in their lives. At every level of the organization, the MCC staff goes above and beyond the call of duty. I feel lucky to have been a part of the MCC community at a critical point in my own life.
All in all, this is a great organization. I was most impressed by MCC's efficiency through the strategic break down of jobs, whether administrative or programmatic. At a time when most organizations are cutting back, MCC continues to expand both in staff, sites, and the number of families who benefit from their work. I've seen first hand the diverse communities that MCC serves, whether incarcerated women in Riverside Correctional Facility, new immigrant families, and many others in need. In all nine sites, MCC works in solidarity with women in the Greater Philadelphia area, helping them to raise healthier, stronger families and simultaneously to improve their own lives. There is a reason MCC has continued to grow for the past 30 years and I am glad I have had the opportunity to be part of their work.
I was a student intern with Cribs for Kids for a little over 3mths. I got to experience a lot of different things being there. I got to experience everything I was told beforehand plus more. The staff here is really great, and they all seem very friendly. I was given the opportunity to be myself, and learn different things at my own pace. I met some great people along the way, and I do not regret spending my time here one bit. I was able to overcome my fear of public speaking, and to interact with people of various demographics. I would recommend MCC, with its many departments and opportunities, to any one who has any interest in child and maternal health/education and who wants to work in a positive environment.
As an new intern, C4K welcomed me into their family with big open arms. The advocates and other interns were very helpful and supportive in explaining how the organization ran and what the procedure was. This internship also gave me the opportunity to see different parts of Philadelphia as well as meet individuals from very diverse backgrounds. It also made me realize what issues harbor within the city such as unemployment, a healthy eating diet, a safe place to sleep and live. All in all it was a very well-rounded experience for me. I would definitely recommend anyone to volunteer there or do their internship there...very worthwhile experience.
When I first heard about the Maternity Care Coalition through my internship class at Temple University. Reading literature about the organization and all the great works that they do for pregnant women and their babies made me realize that MCC was the place for me! All their programs(Early Head Start, Momobile, Cribs for Kids, etc) are great and they are livin changin to some of the clients. The staff are generously people and they really take pride in their work. I loved my time at the Maternity Care Coalition and I would recommend this organization to anyone. Thank you MCC for the experience and the opportunity!
I initially heard about Maternity Care Coalition through an internship program at my university in Philadelphia. The motivating goals and purposes of MCC aligned with my interests in maternal health and public health, and I jumped at the chance to work in an organization where I could learn about issues that matter to me through (1) direct service, (2) research, and (3) policy. Last summer, I worked at Maternity Care Coalition's North Central site, where I had a client caseload and performed the role of a "Momobile Advocate." I provided education, referrals (including everything from material support with iterms such as cribs (our Cribs for Kids program receives a lot of referrals!) as well as emotional support and counseling services). I once heard someone describe the role of Momobile Advocate as "part cheerleader, part coach, part social worker." My training for this role was definitely on-the-job; though I did not feel prepared the first couple of times I went on home visits, the staff at North Central were always there for me and provided constructive feedback. I learned a lot from not only MCC's staff, but also from the clients I was privileged to meet. When the school year started in the fall of 2009, I transitioned from my work in the small North Central MCC office to MCC's central, mostly administrative office in Center City Philadelphia. There is certainly a different office dynamic here, given that it is far larger than North Central and houses so many departments. Though I have been working less hours (since I have to balance the internship with classes and homework and all the chaos that the school year brings!) and have not had ample time to invest in the community here at the central office, I have been able to witness the different organs of MCC at work. The research, policy departments as well as the Cribs for Kids and Perinatal Emotional Support programs are housed here in the Center City office, and though I have mainly been working with the research department and Cribs for Kids, it has been valuable to talk to staff who work in all of these departments. My work with MCC has given me a glimpse into the frustrations (and joys) that low-income mothers in Philadelphia face, into the life of an established, well-oiled nonprofit, as well as perspective on what has been done and what needs to be done for the welfare of mothers across Philadelphia. It has also widened my career prospects. Though I (as typical of college students) came into my undergraduate education as a committed pre-med, experiences at MCC have broadened the careers that I can envision for my future. The range of backgrounds, expertise, strengths, and interests represented in this organization have been a constant well for me to draw from. MCC has played the wonderful role in my life of confirming my interest in women's health; it has also confirmed that there are so many avenues and tools that can be used to advocate for and contribute to women's health. Though I have no solid answer on what tool I wish to pursue (whether it is medicine, midwifery, nursing, public health, academic research, political advocacy, social work, counseling, community organizing, or a delightful combination of many of these things...!), I am glad to be in the position of making an informed decision on my future (with the perspective that Maternity Care Coalition has provided me).
The message line, "Strengthening Families One Baby at a Time," is more than a description of Maternity Care Coalition -- it represents the life of the organziation. Never has an organization cared so much, supported so well, and acted so responsibly (fiscally, socially, and economically) in its mission to positively impact the health of babies and families. As a former board leader and long-time volunteer, it has been a pleasure working with a nonprofit that lives its words!