It is an ugly, hard situation I don’t wish on anyone. It is a very bitter sip to swallow, like a nightmare, every day hoping to wake up...It wasn’t the home that my husband and I made with our children; it wasn’t complete. With his empty chair at the table, we couldn’t eat dinner in the dining room.
For the past 6 years, Kellie Phelan has worked with hundreds of children whose parents either are incarcerated or formerly incarcerated. Before becoming the Program Coordinator for Hour Children’s "Hour Friend In Deed" Mentoring Program, Kellie herself was incarcerated, pregnant, and in treatment for opioid dependency.
Earlier this month, Maternity Care Coalition became a pioneer in parental leave policies. JoAnne Fischer, Executive Director of MCC, announced that the organization will begin aligning their Human Resource policies with their mission, offering 6 weeks of paid family leave—which extends to new parents, whether biological, adoptive or foster parents, and same sex domestic partners.
Members of Congress collectively receive more than 200 million emails and letters every year. However constituents often forget that policy changes develop on an individual level. Pennsylvania State Representatives and Senators are our voices in Washington. Enduring advocacy may pay off for you, your family and your community.
At Maternity Care Coalition, we assist mothers through the earliest stages of their children’s development. But what happens when parents are not their child’s only teacher, when children spend hours learning—and developing—in front of a screen?
Every four years we get wrapped up in the madness that is the presidential election. It starts with the murmurings of who will run and once candidates have entered the race and chosen their platforms we are bombarded with nonstop coverage until after Election Day.
At Maternity Care Coalition, we are working to make breastfeeding accessible and safe for mothers and their children. To accomplish this, we are encouraging policy makers to support HB-11oo, the Workplace Accommodations for Nursing Mothers Act, which would promote workplace fairness by ensuring that nursing moms have a private, sanitary place to express breast milk and reasonable break time to do so across the state of Pennsylvania.
Election Day 2016 is right around the corner and Maternity Care Coalition wants to make sure you are ready. Have you registered to vote? Do you know where your polling place is? Do you have an understanding of what each candidate stands for?
Thank you to all our attendees, sponsors, partners, and supporters for helping to make our 11th annual Celebrating Fathers Golf Classic and Driving Fatherhood Awards a huge success. Your support helps us fund our Early Head Start Program, which provides early care and education to pregnant women and families with children ages 0-3.
On June 20, 2016 Philadelphia made history when Mayor Jim Kenney signed a 1.5 cent-per-ounce tax on sweetened and diet beverages. A large percentage of the tax, expected to raise $91 million annually, will be spent on expanding prekindergarten programs in our city.