Who We Are

MOTHER & CHILD Education Center

1515 NE 41st Ave Portland, OR 97232

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Who We Are

Mother & Child Education Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit located in Portland, Oregon.

Mother & Child Education Center has offered practical help to thousands of pregnant women in the greater Portland area since it's founding in 1971. It is an independent nonprofit organization, governed by a volunteer board of directors. MCEC receives no government funding and is supported by donations, grants, and events.

All of our services are free and offered without restriction.

Our center is open 6 days a week, staffed by volunteers, student interns, and a few paid-staff.

Mother & Child Education Center (MCEC) offers hope, support, education and guidance to families during their parenting journey to help build a community of competent, confident parents. Established in Portland in 1971, MCEC offers a judgment-free space for anyone who is parenting including expectant women, single fathers, and families facing challenges such as lack of housing, poverty, fleeing domestic violence, refugee or immigration status, DHS involvement, substance abuse, or trauma.

MCEC is open Monday-Saturday and provides prenatal & parenting classes, supplies such as diapers, clothing and food, and access to additional resources through community partners. We strive to empower clients to gain healthy parenting habits, to understand safe sleeping for infants; and to achieve personal goals such as self-sufficiency, a healthy environment for children, and a voice for advocating for themselves and their children.


In a world that can be overwhelming, Mother & Child welcomes all parenting into our 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 parenthood can be both a joyful and a challenging journey; and we 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!