Who We Are

Mother & Child Education Center

(503) 249-5801    1515 NE 41st Ave Portland, OR 97232

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Mother & Child Education Center: Who We Are

A non-profit in Portland, OR 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 our founding in 1971. We are an independent nonprofit organization, governed by a board of directors and managed by an executive director. We receive no government funding and are supported entirely by donations, grants, and fundraisers. All of our services are free and offered without restrictions of 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.

Our Commitment to Parents

We will provide a safe gathering place.

We will remove barriers of language, culture, and custom so that all women will know they are welcome.

Our services will be free.

We will not require ID. [Except for Proof of Pregnancy]

We will place no restrictions on income or residence.

We will creatively assist each parent before, during, and after pregnancy so she can confidently nurture her child.

We will provide parents with practical help: resources, supplies, referrals, mentoring, and learning opportunities.


Our Staff

Executive Director: Maura White

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Client Care Lead & Educator: Jess Rengo

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Events & Communications Coordinator: Anne Bumbalough

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Counselor: Lynne Nanson

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Bookkeeper: Michele Smith


If you couldn't tell from the small list above, Mother & Child is a majority volunteer-run organization.  Without participation from individuals and groups on a regular and semi-regular basis, we would not be able to serve the number of families that we do. Could this face be yours?! Sure it could!  Check out our Volunteer Page for Details.

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