Who We Are

MOTHER & CHILD Education Center

1515 NE 41st Ave Portland, OR 97232

503.249.5801 (English)- Call for needed donations!

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Who We Are

Mother & Child Education Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit located in Portland, Oregon; working to create a community of competent and confident parents who nurture their children, through the offering of no-cost services, connection, education, and support during pregnancy and early infancy.

501(c)3 non-profit. Non-Goverment Funded. No Political or Religious Affiliation.


Mother & Child Education Center has offered practical help to thousands of pregnant women in Portland since it's initial establishment in 1971. MCEC is an independent nonprofit organization, governed by a board of directors and managed by an executive director. MCEC receives no government funding and is supported entirely by donations, grants, and events. All of our services are free and offered without restriction on residency or income. Our center is open 6 days a week, staffed by volunteers, student interns, and a few paid-staff. 

MCEC offers a judgment free space, welcoming any and all who are parenting, with the largest population served being women who are pregnant, families at the lower income level, and individuals at-risk due to substance or other abuse, domestic violence, child loss, refugee status, loss of job, homelessness, or other trauma.  In a world that can be overwhelming, Mother & Child welcomes all parenting into this safe space to offer the most appropriate resources - in house and from the greater community - to help before, during, and after pregnancy. We recognize that motherhood is both a joyful and challenging journey; and we joyfully celebrate and creatively assist both women and men in meeting these challenges and needs.


While our full non-profit name is Mother & Child Education Center, you may also see or hear us referred to as MCEC or MomChildPDX!