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Maura White: Why the First 1000 Days Matter


In a child’s development, the time from pregnancy to its 2nd birthday sets a trajectory that will be key to its emotional health, learning, and relationships.

For 50 years, the Mother & Child Education Center (MCEC) has supported primarily low-income families with no-cost services, education, and advocacy during this time and beyond. MCEC also facilitates access to additional resources through community partners.


n Maura’s presentation, you’ll learn more about what MCEC does, including: 

  • Providing parents with education, supplies, and tools 

  • Teaching a Safe Sleep program for infants that has helped reduced SIDS by 50%

  • Partnering with community health organizations to create a safety web 


Please join us to learn more about this their important work - and what YOU can do to support their mission.

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Executive Director Maura White joined MCEC after a 25-year career in the non-profit and higher-education sector. She has raised more than $11 million for her programs and participated in many national efforts to make a difference in childrens' lives.

Maura received her Master’s from University of Portland in Human Services and a BA from OSU in Journalism. Her son Anthony graduated from OSU and her daughter Anna is studying child welfare at PSU. A life-long resident of Portland, Maura loves to cook, read, and hang out with her family.

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