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Board Search Underway

Are you or is your child a Head Start alum? We are currently searching for a current/former Head Start parent or participant to serve on our highly active Board of Directors. MCC is a nonprofit organization serving Greater Philadelphia region with the mission to improve maternal and child health and wellbeing through the collaborative efforts of individuals, families, providers and communities. MCC is also the largest Early Head Start (0-3) provider in Pennsylvania.  To apply for this or another Board position, send resume to aferrandino@maternitycarecoalition.org.  

MCC Celebrates World Doula Week

The word doula comes from the Greek word meaning “a woman who serves.”   It has grown to include a person who provides continuous emotional and physical support during labor and the immediate postpartum period. Started in 2010, World Doula Week recognizes doulas and the role they play during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period and acknowledges their contribution to improving birth outcomes, including breastfeeding success, bonding and women’s perception of their own birth experience At MCC, doula support is just one of  the many ways Read More…

We’re Published in Zero to Three

We tested it. Industry leaders confirmed it. Our MOMobile program is effective, efficient and has lasting impact. An analysis of the MOMobile program was published in the  journal, Zero to Three. This journal is the premier publication on maternal and child health.  You can read the full article with pictures here or by clicking the image below.  For more information about our MOMobile program, please visit our services to families page.  

Truth About Daycare Syndrome

Every year during cold and flu season, parents head to the pediatrician’s office worried their child might have “daycare syndrome,”  a nickname given to the series of daycare-related illnesses.   Often it means kids are kept at  home and forces lots of parents to call in sick to work. The colds and stomach viruses are real, but retired pediatrician Susan Aronson said “daycare syndrome” isn’t really a thing. Recently, our South Philadelphia Early Head Start shared with WHYY some tips on how to keep your children and Read More…

Pregnancy and health disparities

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Recently our partner Merck for Mother’s Priya Agrawal and Linda Blount wrote an article for ThinkProgress examining maternal mortality in the US and the higher risks associated with pregnant women of color. At MCC, working to reduce maternal morbidity in Philadelphia. Below is a summary, but we recommend that you read the full article via ThinkProgress’ website:   The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination heard testimony this summer on severe inequities in maternal health outcomes. This is an important and longstanding conversation Read More…

Double Your Impact This Year

Beginning on #GivingTuesday, Dec. 2 through December 31  every donation received will be matched by the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation. Help spread the word by sharing our new video below featuring stories from two families who were helped while enrolled in our Early Head Start program. Not only are donations being matched until December 31, if you make a minimum donation of $50 you can be entered into a contest to attend a private event hosted by WILL SMITH!  So what are you waiting for? Like, Share AND GIVE! Read More…

MCC Congratulates Tom Wolf

We  congratulate Tom Wolf on winning Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial race. We hope this election will usher in a new era of much needed progress on maternal and child health in Pennsylvania. We look forward to working with Mr. Wolf’s team and state lawmakers to promote legislation related to early childhood development, workplace support for breastfeeding mothers, access to the new health care marketplace, support for women before, during, and after pregnancy and ensuring a fair, livable wage for working Pennsylvanians. For 35 years, MCC has dedicated Read More…

Happy Head Start Awareness Month

Yvette Fuller - Director of Early Head Start

It is with great excitement that I  pen my first blog post as MCC’s newly appointed Director of EHS. And what a time to take up this honor – during Head Start Awareness Month, a time set aside to recognize the strides that Head Start and EHS programs across the country have taken in educating, shaping communities, and preparing children from low income families for school. Our celebration of Head Start Awareness Month culminated in a Family Appreciation Day – where families from our sites Read More…

More Than A Crib

October is SIDS Awareness Month. Each year, about 4,000 infants die suddenly and unexpectedly in the U.S. Half of these tragic deaths are due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Although no one has determined the exact cause of SIDS, it is known that unsafe sleep environments are a contributing factor. MCC began the Cribs for Kids program in 2004 to reduce the number of babies dying in unsafe sleep environments. In Philadelphia between April 2003 and October 2004, 48 babies died in co-sleeping environments. Read More…

Breastfeeding Friendly Philly

In September, Mayor Nutter signed City Council Bill 130922 into law extending the rights of breastfeeding employees in Philadelphia. Employers must provide nursing mothers with reasonable accommodations to express milk at work. These reasonable accommodations are for ALL nursing employees and must include a private, clean space, not a bathroom and provide appropriate break time to pump. Failure to comply with this new ordinance can result in fines. Because of our work supporting workplace breastfeeding efforts, Our Executive Director, JoAnne Fischer and Katja Pigur, Director Read More…