Maternal Early Childhood Consortium
The Montgomery County Maternal and Early Childhood Consortium (MECC) believes that a collaborative prevention approach can lead to families receiving the support they need, which will in turn promote positive birth outcomes, family stability, and healthier communities. Montgomery County is a community with a variety of effective and evidence-based family support programs that are proven to have positive outcomes and be beneficial to families, pregnant women, and children up to age three. For more information on evidence-based family support programs available to families in Montgomery County, please see tab below - Resources for Families.
The Montgomery County Maternal and Early Childhood Consortium holds open bi-monthly meetings throughout the year. Anyone who is interested in becoming a member or attending a meeting, is welcome. See tab below - MECC Events - for meeting dates and location.
|MECC MEETING SCHEDULE (Membership Meetings are the 2nd Wednesday of every other month from 9:30-11AM)|
|October 10 - Steering Committee Meeting (11:00AM)|
|October 24 - Membership Meeting|
|November 28 - Steering Committee Meeting (11:00AM)|
|December 12 - Membership Meeting|
|February 13 - Membership Meeting|
|April 10 - Membership Meeting|
|June 12 - Membership Meeting|
Montgomery County pregnant women and families with children under the age of six can benefit from evidence-based family support programs proven to impact maternal and child health, reduce child abuse and neglect and improve family economic security.
The Montgomery County Maternal and Early Childhood Consortium’s Pottstown Action Committee now has a central intake and referral system to connect families to the following Pottstown family support programs:
• Maternity Care Coalition Early Head Start
• Pottstown Family Center Parents as Teachers
• MCHC of Chester County Parents as Teachers
• Nurse Family Partnership Home Visiting
• Montgomery County’s Nurse Home Visiting program.
To connect to these services:
Child, Home & Community
Carson Valley Children’s Aid*
Family Services of Montgomery County
Maternity Care Coalition*
Maternal Child Health Consortium of Chester County
Montgomery County Health Department*
Montgomery County Infant/Toddler Early Intervention*
Montgomery County Office of Behavioral Health*
Montgomery County Office of Children & Youth*
Montgomery County Office of Drug & Alcohol
Norristown Family Center*
Pottstown Family Center*
Ramsey Educational Development Institute (REDI)
*Organization is a Member of the Steering Committee
Get the Facts: Family Support Programs in Montgomery County, PA
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Infant Sleep
Montgomery County Cribs for Kids Program
Abusive Head Trauma (Shaken Baby Syndrome)
American Academy of Pediatrics
Reporting Suspected Child Maltreatment
Mandated & Permissive Reporters:
- Whether you are someone required by law to report suspected child abuse (mandated reporter) or someone able and encouraged but not required by law to report suspected child abuse (permissive reporter), take action when you have reasonable cause to suspect that a child is a victim of child abuse.
- If the child is in immediate danger, call 911
- File an electronic report of suspected child abuse
- Call ChildLine (800) 932-0313 and complete a CY 47, (only if you cannot file electronically)
- Notify your Administrator, Principal, Director, Etc.
If you are homeless or are in imminent risk of becoming homeless, please contact the Your Way Home Call Center at 1-877-646-6306.
Resources for your Family in your Community
Montgomery County Community Connections’ Office
Montgomery County Parent and Infant Resource Guide
Child Care Information Services
DO YOU KNOW A DAD THAT NEEDS HELP?
KIND HEARTS stands for Kids In Need of Dads. If you know of a dad who is disconnected from his child/children - tell them about us! We are trying to help reduce the number of fatherless homes by helping dads be involved in their children's lives! Please feel free to reach out to us! www.kindheartkids.org
- Wednesday, May 17th from 9:30-11:00am in the Human Services Center Community Room – a Follow Up Discussion on our March meeting presentation by Cathy Palm on the Opioid Epidemic and how substance use disorders are impacting children and families in Pennsylvania and Montgomery County.
MECC 2016 Summit Slide Presentations: Investing in Healthier Families
A Fine Balance
Local Perspective – Keeping Children Safe and Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect
November 2016 MECC Meeting Roundtable Discussion Notes
MECC 2017 Priorities and Work Being Done to Address those Priorities
January 2017 MECC Meeting Minutes
Montgomery County Health and Human Services Structure
A PCCY Report on Montgomery County: “Left Out: The Status of Children in Montgomery County”, October 2016
Children Still in Recession in Montgomery County Despite Recovery
11th Annual - Pottstown Celebrates Young Children & Pottstown YMCA Healthy Kids Day, April 29th, 2017 from 1-3pm (Rain or Shine). Address: Pottstown High School - 750 N Washington St, Pottstown, PA 19464
“Children and the Opioid Epidemic in Pennsylvania” Powerpoint Presentation by Cathy Palm, The Center for Children’s Justice – March 15, 2017 Maternal and Early Childhood Consortium Meeting
ONE CHILD, MANY HANDS: A MULTIDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE ON CHILD WELFARE – June 7- 9, 2017. Join us in Philadelphia June 7 – 9, 2017 for an outstanding three days of learning, featuring compelling Keynote Speakers, cutting-edge Plenary Panels, a variety of Workshops presented by national and international experts, and a closing Networking Luncheon. Register here (link this: http://impact.sp2.upenn.edu/fieldctr/one-child-many-hands/). The Center for Children’s Justice and the Montgomery County Maternal and Early Childhood Consortium are conducting a workshop at the conference entitled “Collaborating Across Generations and Disciplines to Improve Outcomes for Pregnant Women with an Opioid Use Disorder and Their Children”.