We’ve introduced several special foundation projects to enhance the high-performing programs we already manage. For example, we realized our Healthy Start clients face many issues that affect them and their babies. So we arranged for them to receive the services of lawyers from Delaware Law School’s Medical-Legal Partnership. And when the many needs – not just health related – of our Hispanic neighbors left them with nowhere to turn, we introduced El Centro (a Hispanic resource center). Learn more about these and the other projects we’re supporting.

Healthy Start’s Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP)

This unique partnership between Healthy Start and Widener University School of Law was first established in the fall of 2010. Our Healthy Start program is one of only three nationally to receive funding to increase this valuable family advocacy effort.  Read more»

Cribs for Kids

Cribs for Kids® is a safe-sleep education program for low-income moms. It helps reduce the risk of injury and death of infants due to unsafe sleep environments. The Women and Children’s Programs inherited by the foundation the in 2016 became a Cribs for Kids partner in 2006. For the last 12 years they, and now we, have been educating families about how to keep their infants safe. In addition, they have provided safe cribs to those most in need in Delaware County. Read more»

El Centro de Recursos Hispanos – Center for Hispanic Resources

El Centro was developed in response to the largely unmet needs of Spanish-speaking individuals in the Chester community. Its mission is to help local Hispanic residents learn about and obtain community resources. It is a one-stop shop that connects participants and other individuals with a wide range of services. Read more» | En Español»

The Health Resource Center in the Chester Upland School District is one of the special foundation projects.

Health Resource Center

Often students in the Chester Upland School District need counseling about having a healthy relationship and avoiding risky behavior. Now they have a place to go. The foundation’s Health Resource Center is located at Chester High School and STEM Academy in the Chester Upland School District. Read more»

Perinatal Periods of Risk (PPOR)

Healthy Start, in collaboration with the Delaware County Child Death Review Team, has recently published a report on the DelCo PPOR project. We became aware that infants in our county are dying during certain periods of risk. PPOR collected data and reviewed fetal and infant deaths to better understand why.  Read more»

Stork’s Nest

Stork’s Nest is a 40-year collaborative project of the March of Dimes Foundation and the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. In our area, it is offered through the sorority’s Chester chapter, Rho Chi Zeta. Stork’s Nest is focused on increasing the number of women receiving early and regular prenatal care to prevent cases of low birth-weight, premature births and infant deaths. Read more»