Community Education

Parenting Collaborative

The Parenting Collaborative is a group-based parenting education program that is committed to reducing child abuse and maltreatment. Using the evidence-based Nurturing Parenting curriculum, our program staff have expertise in serving specialized populations such as incarcerated women, families in shelters and parents transitioning from drug treatment programs.

Program components include:

  • Group-based parenting education at locations across the city
  • Referrals to community resources
  • DHS approved certificate upon completion

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School-Based Support/ELECT

Addressing teen parenting issues while the student is in school is vital for a number of reasons, most notably because it plays a significant role in preventing students from dropping out of school. In MCC’s School-Based Programs, young parents meet weekly or biweekly to explore pregnancy, parenting and methods to achieving self-sufficiency. We offer assistance with medical needs, food, clothing and even diapers and formula.

Fatherhood Program

While most programs focus mainly on the needs of mothers, MCC’s Fatherhood Initiative works directly with teenage fathers. Our Fatherhood Coordinator works with students in groups and individually, helping young dads establish paternity, become responsible and caring fathers, and provides them with the resources to obtain work placement to improve job skills. This program is offered through MCC’s School-based ELECT Program.

Education and Career Counseling

MCC’s Road to Independence program assists teen parents in their career development and placement. Our Career Specialist helps students assess their interests and skills, define objectives and plan for life after high school with the goal of securing stable employment at a living wage.

Parenting Education

This program is a classroom excursion into teen pregnancy and parenting for middle and high school Health and Child Development classes. This is an action-oriented program that uses attention-grabbing tools, including the Empathy Belly Pregnancy Simulator:

The students will:

  • Understand physical and emotional effects of pregnancy and the dramatic challenges of parenting.
  • Examine how to make informed decisions
  • Learn about living with the consequences of their decisions
  • Learn how to counter the impact of peer and relationship pressures that can lead to poor decisions.

Building the Family

Building the Family (BTF) is a group-based parenting support program offered at six locations in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. Parenting groups meet monthly in the evening and welcome pregnant and parenting families with children up to age 5. The groups focus on healthy child development and positive parenting practices, opportunities for families to engage in activities that promote positive parent-child interactions, and support to address parenting challenges and barriers. Each meeting provides critical information and education, vital social connections, and hands-on support to parents.

Childbirth & Newborn
Care Classes

CHILDBIRTH & NEWBORN CARE PROGRAM

Focus on Motherhood, an 8-week program that prepares young expectant moms and dads for childbirth. Unlike other prenatal programs, Focus on Motherhood is designed to meet the needs of adolescents and young adults, ages 13 to 25. This program is FREE.

The following are some of the topics covered in this program:

  • Healthy Pregnancy/Healthy Baby
  • Life Changes for Mom, Dad, and their Families
  • Labor and Birth
  • Important Role of the Support Person
  • Comfort Measures, including Breathing and Relaxation
  • Medications and Anesthesia
  • Newborn Care and Infant Feeding
  • Parenting Together, Future Plans

A minimum of 4 expectant moms is required for the class to be held.

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Babysitting 101

Designed for 11-14 year girls and boys who are caring for siblings or neighbors, this 6-hour interactive program is a mix of hands-on activities, classroom participation, lecture and DVD taught by experienced and trained workshop facilitators and healthcare professionals. The cost is $65 per student and all class materials are provided by MCC.  We cap this class at 20 so each participant is assured personal attention.

The program includes child care and emergency basics such as:

  • First Aid and Safety (not including CPR certification)
  • Diapering
  • Age-Appropriate Play
  • Behavioral Challenges

And also covers business topics, including:

  • Marketing
  • Setting Pay Rate
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