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:
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 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” Parent education and support to pregnant and parenting women, partners, and children. Increase knowledge/skills in: labor/delivery; infant and early childhood development; and parenting to promote physical/mental well-being of mother and child. Support young, pregnant youth by establishing positive behaviors for healthy deliveries and promoting a 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.
Community Maternity Services: Schoharie/Otsego Counties
322-4 Main Street
Target: Schorie and Otsego Counties
Schoharie/Otsego Counties ProgramCommunity Maternity Services offers goal directed case management services, advocacy, monitoring and referral for prenatal and pediatric health care, parent education, material support and transportation to needed services for the pregnant and parenting adolescents and their children. We are 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 ProgramCommunity Maternity Services provides comprehensive case management services and home-based parenting support to pregnant and parenting women in Warren and Washington Counties with 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.
Cornell Cooperative Extension Jefferson
203 North Hamilton Street
Target: Jefferson County
Healthy StartStrengthening Families Foundations will utilize a variety of strategies to meet the many needs of the diverse families, including teens and single parents across Jefferson and Lewis Counties. Educators will work with community agencies and the target families in order to provide: in-home educational visits and community workshops which will focus on parenting, nutrition, healthy relationships, home safety and 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.
Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Services, Inc.
333 East 115th Street
Target: East Harlem
Maternity Outreach ProgramThrough LSA’s Certified Home Health Agency, registered nurses provide prenatal and postpartum home nursing visits; newborn follow-up assessments; infant growth and development monitoring; parent and mothers’ support groups; maternal health education; and breastfeeding workshops and classes. Services are available in English and Spanish.
YWCA of Jamestown
120 West Third St., Suite 200
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 will be provided.