The Maternity and Early Childhood Foundation provides funding for agencies located in very high need communities where other services are often limited or nonexistent. Funded agencies are selected through a rigorous Request for Proposal process in which the Board of Directors reviews proposals and makes funding decisions.
The funded programs are able to engage young low income vulnerable expectant and new parents and connect them with needed services. Funded services include:
Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center (BSFHC)
1456 Fulton Street
Target: Kings County
BSFHC Successful StartBedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center’s (BSFHC) Successful Start will provide parenting support to prenatal and new birth parents in the Bedford Stuyvesant and Crown Heights areas of Brooklyn. Services will include: parenting skills via workshops, child development and socialization activities, books and age appropriate toys to support play and bonding, provide support with obtaining child safety supplies, referrals and advocacy for needed services, and assistance with creating and achieving self-sufficiency goals.
Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services
191 Joralemon Street
Target: Corona, Queens
Casa de Apoyo Para Padres: Parenting Program for the Hispanic CommunityThe Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services program is able to provide a positive support at a critical time: the birth of a baby and the first years of the child’s life through interactive groups (Mommy and Me in Spanish and Arabic, and Casa de Apoyo) and individual counseling. All services are directed toward enabling the mother to have a healthy baby. Services include referral for prenatal care, assistance in locating temporary/permanent housing, parenting education, and information regarding entitlements and some financial aid, as well as provision of baby supplies. The groups also include trips and creative crafts.
Catholic Charities of Buffalo
525 Washington Street
Target: Southern Erie County
Young Parents ProgramThe Young Parents Program promotes nurturing families through the development of young parents' knowledge and skill related to the children's development. Methods include in-home assessments and training, prenatal/parenting classes, short term supportive counseling and referral and linkage. A community based model is used to afford greater accessibility to families.
Catholic Charities of Franklin County
PO Box 896, 57 Rennie Street
Target: Franklin County
Pregnant and Parenting Teen ProgramParenting Support “A Quilt of Services that Bind a Family Together” This program will provide parent education and support to pregnant and parenting women, partners, and children. The goal is to increase knowledge and skills in labor and delivery, infant and early child development, and parenting to promote physical and mental well-being of mother and child. The program will support young mothers during pregnancy by establishing positive behaviors for healthy delivery and promoting nurturing, safe environment with quality parenting.
Catholic Charities of Livingston County
34 East State Street
Target: Livingston County
Community of CaringThe Community of Caring program provides parenting education services, mental health counseling, intensive case management, transportation to necessary appointments, information, advocacy, and referrals to women who are pregnant or parenting to help ensure healthy births and healthy moms. The Mentor Moms component matches trained adult mentors with moms in need of a little extra support. The Jail component provides parenting education services for inmates at the Livingston County Jail along with intensive case management services upon their release.
Catholic Charities of Onondaga County
1654 West Onondaga Street
Target: Onondaga County
The Parent and Child ProjectThe Lullaby League provides prenatal and infant care education, home-based case management, and support groups to pregnant and parenting teens and young adults in the City of Syracuse. The goals are to ensure the young woman delivers a healthy baby and receives necessary supports to bond with her baby in a safe, healthy, and nurturing environment.
Catholic Charities of Rockville Centre
90 Cherry Lane
Target: Nassau County
Regina Mentoring ProgramThe Regina Maternity Services supports stable living for previously homeless and at risk pregnant and postpartum young women and provides parenting education to program and community young women. Support from mentors and the practical knowledge gained will promote better outcomes for the young mothers and their children.
Community Maternity Services: Fulton/Montgomery Counties
23 Freemont Street
Target: Fulton and Montgomery Counties
The Adolescent Pregnancy ProgramCMS of Fulton and Montgomery Counties offers comprehensive case management services and home-based parenting education to pregnant and parenting young women in Fulton and Montgomery counties with an emphasis on prenatal, post-partum and well-child care, child development, and development of personal capabilities with the end goal of healthy birth outcomes and self-sufficiency.
Community Maternity Services: Schoharie/Otsego Counties Program
322-4 Main Street
Target: Schorie and Otsego Counties
Schoharie/Otsego Counties ProgramCMS of Schoharie and Otsego Counties offers goal directed counseling, advocacy, monitoring and referral for prenatal and pediatric health care, parent education, material support and transportation to needed services for the pregnant and parenting adolescent, adolescent parents and their children. CMS is a licensed adoption agency and will provide adoption counseling to appropriate clients.
Community Maternity Services: Warren/Washington Counties
290 Canada Street
Target: Warren and Washington Counties
Warren/Washington Counties CMS ProgramCMS of Warren and Washington Counties provides case management services and parenting support to pregnant and parenting women in Warren and Washington Counties including assistance in accessing health insurance and prenatal care, counseling, health care monitoring, parent education and self-sufficiency skills.
Cornell Cooperative Extension Jefferson
203 North Hamilton Street
Target: Jefferson County
Healthy StartStrengthening Families Foundations will utilize a variety of strategies to meet the diverse needs of young families, including teen and single parents in Jefferson and Lewis Counties. A program educator will collaborate with community agencies and members of the target population to provide home visits and community workshops focusing on parenting, nutrition, healthy relationships, financial management, information regarding adequate pre-natal/ pediatric care and educational/employment support.
Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk, Inc.
31 West Main Street, Suite 300
Target: Suffolk County
Teens as ParentsTeens as Parents is an innovative school based and home visiting, parent education program which encompasses prenatal and parenting education, as well as labor, delivery and postpartum doula support services. Sessions focus on early childhood development (birth to age four), empathy, early literacy and proactive parenting techniques rather than reactive ones. The program is specifically designed for the pregnant and parenting teens and gives them a safe place to share, gather support, gain knowledge and encouragement in the art of parenting.
Independent Health Foundation
28 Parkside Drive
Target: Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties
Baby & Me Tobacco Free ProgramThe Baby & Me Tobacco Free Program is a prenatal/postpartum smoking cessation program which helps improve birth outcomes. The program helps women quit smoking, test them with a CO monitor to prove their smoke-free status, and provides free diapers as an incentive to stay quit after the baby is born.
Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Services, Inc.
333 East 115th Street
Target: East Harlem
Maternity Outreach ProgramIn Little Sisters of the Assumption’s Maternity Outreach Program, during skilled home visits with pregnant women and teens, and new mothers and their babies, bi-lingual community health nurses assess, evaluate, refer and educate. Service is individualized. Dynamic client relationships are built on consistency, trust and mutual respect.
1857 Wantagh Avenue
Target: Nassau County
MOMMAS HouseMOMMAS House provides any pregnant or parenting young woman (age 18-24) with a stable home environment for approximately two years; one where she can learn the practical skills necessary to parent effectively and become an independent working parent.
North Country Family Health Center, Inc.
238 Arsenal Street
Target: city of Watertown, Fort Drum, and communities of Jefferson County
Healthy Outcomes - A Teen Pregnancy ProgramHealthy Outcomes is a program for teens and high risk adults and their infants. The goal is to support high risk mothers/families, particularly teens, during pregnancy and 1 year postpartum to establish health behaviors for a healthy delivery and encourage a nurturing environment for the child after birth.
Oswego County Opportunities, Inc.
239 Oneida Street
Target: Oswego County
OPTIONSOPTIONS provides services to pregnant and parenting teens in Oswego County to promote the physical, emotional and intellectual growth of pregnant and parenting teens and their babies. Services are designed to engage youth in early connection to prenatal health care and development of parenting and self-reliance skills.
Society for the Prevention and Care of Children
148 South Fitzhugh Street
Target: Monroe County
Reaching Young Parents EarlyReaching Young Parents early connects teen parents with services and offers transitional support such as crisis intervention and Parents as Teachers (PAT) when openings are not available. Services include: PAT, heath care connections, strengthening parent-child relationships, father engagement, employment/education support, and case management. Infant Mental Health training is offered to providers, strengthening the community's infrastructure.
YWCA of Jamestown
401 North Main Street
Target: Southern Chautauqua County
Parents as TeachersThe YWCA TEAM (Teenage Education and Motherhood) program will provide support, case management and parenting education to 25 families/56 individuals who are pregnant and parenting teens or families of pregnant and parenting teens. The Parent Educator will provide monthly home visits and promote healthy brain development through use of PAT curriculum. Group meetings, developmental assessments, family nights and referrals are provided as part of the TEAM program.