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Help celebrate the 2014 Week of the Young Child

This week marks national Week of the Young Child, and at MCC we’re taking this opportunity to celebrate those who make a difference in the lives of young children. Sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Week of the Young Child aims to inform the public about the critical importance of early education. As passionate advocates for early education we wanted to share the importance and impact of early learning from the voices of our families, asking them to tell Read More…

Against all odds, our Early Head Start services are still going strong this Head Start Awareness Month

October is National Head Start Awareness Month, and as the largest provider of Early Head Start (EHS) services in Pennsylvania, we have taken this time to reflect upon the trials and successes our EHS services have seen throughout a difficult year. While 2013 has been suffering the financial ramifications of sequestration and the complications of the government shut down, we have also been able to count our blessings and look at the success stories from the families we’ve worked with. In March 2013, we were forced Read More…

Sequester cuts services for vulnerable children

The impact of the sequester on services to the most vulnerable families in the country were revealed this week as the Administration for Children and Families reported that 5,966 fewer toddlers will begin Early Head Start (EHS) programs, due to the $85 billion in federal budget cuts. For Pennsylvania, the impact means potentially eliminating over 2800 children from EHS programs in Pennsylvania by the end of the year. The 5.27% budget cuts impacted our three EHS programs based in Norristown, Pottstown and South Philadelphia. As Read More…

MCC Launches Early Childhood Education Project in South Philadelphia

  Early Learning Services for Immigrant Families Are you an early childhood teacher, administrator, or parent in South Philadelphia? Do you have ideas about how to improve access to enrollment in early learning services for families in your community? We want to hear your thoughts! MCC is conducting an Early Childhood Education(ECE) community assessment to identify barriers immigrant families face when accessing early learning services. We are looking to interview parents, early childhood providers, teachers, and administrators. With your input, MCC hopes to develop an advocacy Read More…

The Seed is Planted; Time to Nurture the Growth in Health Coverage

      By Tricia Brooks Living in New Hampshire, I am among the last to see daffodils and forsythia brightly usher in the spring as the chill and short days of winter dissipate and the garden invites my attention. For those of us who work to improve the health and wellbeing of children, pregnant women and parents everyday, this spring offers a new opportunity to see growth – growth in the number of people with health coverage. In less than five months, more affordable Read More…

Who makes the health care decisions in your family?

Re-posted with permission from Enroll America Serena Villaba Enroll America appreciates the role women play in making sure Americans enroll in affordable, high-quality health care. As we continue to celebrate the third anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (March 23), and with less than seven months before open enrollment begins on October 1, this is a critical time for all Americans—especially women. To fully understand how vital women will be in the coming months, we partnered with Lake Research Partners to conduct a national survey, Read More…

Celebrating Week of the Young Child: Invest in the Early Years, Invest in a Lifetime

  April 14-20 marks the National Week of the Young Child, a time to recognize the importance of early learning and early literacy, and celebrate the teachers and policies that bring early childhood education to young children. Families in Pennsylvania depend on high-quality education and care, which help children get a healthy start and bring lasting benefits to our state economy. As we celebrate this week, it is important to acknowledge the many gains and setbacks Pennsylvania faces in reaching our most at-risk, vulnerable populations Read More…

Keystone Mercy to Suspend Plan Enrollment in Southeast

From our friends at the Pennsylvania Health Law Project  Beginning tomorrow, April 2nd, Pennsylvania’s Department of Public Welfare (DPW) is suspending new enrollments into Keystone Mercy Health Plan (KMHP) for the remainder of the 2013 calendar year. Consumers and advocates have expressed concern to DPW over its intervention in KMHP enrollments and in the resulting reduction of plan choices for consumers in the HealthChoices-Southeast zone. Though it is one of five managed care plans available in the Southeast Zone, KMHP currently covers 55 percent of the Southeast Read More…

Cover the Commonwealth: Why Expanding Medicaid is the Right Choice for Women and Families

In February, Governor Corbett released his $28.4 billion spending plan for Fiscal Year 2013-2014. While the proposed budget makes significant strides to invest in health care and other programs benefiting families, it threatens to turn down federal funding as part of the Obamacare Medicaid expansion. With eight Republican Governors recently announcing their decision to accept the Medicaid expansion, including neighboring Ohio and New Jersey, the stakes are higher than ever for Pennsylvania as it weighs the unprecedented opportunity to extend health insurance coverage to over Read More…

Breastfeeding Friendly Employer Spotlight: Philadelphia School District

              LACTATION PROGRAM Time: Employees can express breast milk during regular break periods. The duration of reasonable break periods will be determined by the supervisor, school board, or human resources officer. Space: Two dedicated spaces in the district: the Education Center Area at the School District’s Main Office Building and the Rivera Recreation Center. Flexibility: Prior to returning to work, the employee will inform her supervisor of her intent to breastfeed. Ongoing communication between employee and supervisor will ensure Read More…