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June 3, 2021

COVID-19 Response & Recovery Plan

Our goal is to ensure that young children have quality, nurturing, and safe child care and education as physical distancing and other guidelines continue in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The next Coalition meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 16 from 1:30-3:30pm.

For more information about this effort and the coalition behind it, please visit our web hub here.

This Week's Highlights


A few highlights from this last week are shared below. Previous Weekly Digests are available here


Vaccines By the Numbers
 

798 ECE, FFN providers, and families have been fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine at clinics coordinated by this Coalition with a total of 1,176 doses administered.

62% of Monterey County residents ages 12+ have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, as reported here by the County on June 1.

News

  • Monterey County is now in the yellow tier! Here is the Blueprint for a Safer Economy guide that gives a snapshot of what this means (updated May 18). Congratulations to the county residents for stepping up and doing the right things to stay healthy!

  • What happens on June 15 when the tier system is dropped in California for industry and business sectors? Check out this notice, Beyond the Blueprint, from the California Department of Public Health that outlines the new guidelines. 

  • Community Care Licensing has released their summer quarterly update. Information includes standing against violence, water safety, background check reminders, and more. Read the quarterly update here

  • Interested in learning something new? Consider taking a course through the Monterey County Office of Education! Check out this year’s catalog here

  • The Early Learning Network is a group of preschool, transitional kindergarten, and kindergarten teachers who meet virtually to discuss articulation, transition, and best practices for the children in their classrooms. Consider joining our learning community and meet other educators in Monterey County. Register for the Early Learning Network here.

  • After serving as the president and CEO of the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF) for 21 years, Martin Castro has announced his retirement from the organization. Mr. Castro will continue to serve as CEO through the search for his replacement. For more information on his legacy and leadership with MAOF, please see this press release. 

  • Join the First Partner’s Summer Book Club for children 3-12. This 10-week program promotes children’s literacy and participation in summer reading programs hosted by local libraries throughout the state. Click here for the summer booklist, and here for information on how to participate. 

  • Your voice was heard! Many Monterey County members supported Early Childhood Education at the most recent County Board of Supervisors budget hearing on June 3. Those speaking supported increased funding for vouchers, infrastructure, mental health, and other services included Denise Noel from Salinas Elementary School District, Brenda Heller from MAOF, Alejandra Salgado from CAPSLO, and Graciela Alfario, a parent of three children. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

  • Confused about the new guidance on masks? The California Department of Public Health and Cal/OSHA have decided to keep the existing guidelines on wearing masks until further notice. You should continue to wear masks when occupying indoor spaces like schools, workplaces, public transportation, grocery stores, hospitals, etc. Fully vaccinated people are able to refrain from face coverings outdoors, except for crowded events such as concerts, flea markets, etc. This is the current guidance you should follow until the Governor lifts additional restrictions in California (anticipated June 15). 

  • The Pfizer vaccine is now available for children 12 and up. Read the California Public Health notice here
     
  • Visit www.MontereyCountyChildCare.org for easy steps to finding vaccine appointments and other vaccine-related information. Or get your COVID-19 vaccine appointments through MyTurn.CA.gov or by phone at 1-833-422-4255 (M-F 8:00am-8:00pm, Sa-Su 8:00am-5:00pm).
  • Get your second dose! It is important for everyone to become fully vaccinated — if you have received the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, you will need to get a second dose. Only fully vaccinated people are adequately protected from the virus. Click here to learn more. 

  • Need more reasons to get vaccinated? On May 3, updated public health guidelines regarding fully vaccinated people were released. Updates include new mask-wearing, quarantine, and social distancing guidelines that are less restrictive if you have been fully vaccinated. Check out the CDC update on fully vaccinated people here.

  • Help spread the word about the importance of vaccinations in your community. Here are tools and examples of some short and impactful messages for the Spanish-speaking community that can help

  • Check out a whole library of vaccine information in indigenous languages! Centro Bilingual and Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety at UC Davis created multilingual videos with three important messages for our community: to look in their county for when it's their turn, a message on the safety of the vaccine, and the potential side effects. Click here for the library of videos and share widely! 

  • General info about COVID-19 vaccine for child care providers from Licensing: frequently asked questions, web links to vaccines, and other information that may be helpful. Directors, managers, and supervisors are encouraged to share this information with their staff and others working with children. Please feel free to copy and share this information. 

  • The CDC has released information on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines. Click here for the safety information and here for the myths and facts about COVID-19 vaccines.

General COVID-19 & Public Health

  • The California Department of Public Health released new COVID-19 guidance as our community opens back up: Private Venues and Events, Indoor Seated Live Events and Performances, and Private Gatherings

  • Testing for COVID-19 is still important to track variants and to keep our community safe. Here is where you can get a list of testing sites in Monterey County. 

  • Here is a new quick guide for educators who think a child may be showing signs of COVID-19

  • Monterey County Office of Education and the Monterey County Health Department have provided a scenario map to help programs respond to cases of COVID-19 on site. Use this communication and action sheet to help you make the right decisions for families and children in your community. 

  • The Monterey County Health Department has a COVID-19 FAQ page. Check out their site here.
     
  • Think you might have been exposed to COVID-19? Here is a chart that outlines the steps you can take to limit the spread.
  • There are many opportunities to find financial relief. Visit the Monterey County Health Department website for Emergency Aid Resources here and see the flyer (in English and Spanish) here

  • FEMA will offset funeral or burial expenses up to $7,000. Funds are eligible for US citizens, non-citizen nationals, or qualified aliens, though there is no requirement for the decedent to be any of these. Apply by calling their dedicated line at 844-684-6333. Our thoughts go out to those who have lost a loved one during the pandemic.
  • File your taxes by October 15 and you may be eligible for extra stimulus money! The Golden State Stimulus package has funding for those filing with social security or ITIN. You could be eligible for up to $1200 in stimulus funding! Check out and share this flyer with families and friends. 

  • Essential workers receiving child care vouchers are eligible to extend their care through June of 2022! Families who enrolled in the California Alternative Payment Program (CAPP) Emergency Childcare in the spring of 2020 are eligible. New families can also enroll if they meet eligibility requirements required by California Department of Education. See the details here, or call MAOF at 831-757-0775.

Resources
 

All Ages Distance Learning Supports ➡️

Resilience & Mental Health Resources ➡️

Child Care & Education Quality & Business Tools ➡️

Children's & Family Activities & Resources ➡️

It Takes a Coalition 


The emergency response providing coordinated solutions for child care and education is led by a coalition of early childhood champions, united under the Bright Beginnings Strategic Framework to better support all young children and their families, to prepare every child for life and school. This coalition is ever-growing:

4th Monterey County Supervisorial District

30th California Assembly District

Building Healthy Communities

CAPSLO

Carmel Unified School District

Child Care Planning Council

Child Development Centers and Continuing Development Incorporated

Children’s Council

Early Development Services

First 5 Monterey County

Go Kids, Inc.

Health Department

MAOF Resource & Referral & Alternative Payment Program

Monterey Peninsula Unified School District

Natividad Medical Center

North Monterey County Unified School District

Office of Education - Early Learning Program

Office of Education – Educational Services

Public Health Office

Quality Matters Monterey County

Salinas City Elementary School District

Social Services - Child Abuse Prevention Council

United Farmworkers Foundation

United Way of Monterey County

YMCA

A special thanks to the coordinating team and major funders: Bright Beginnings Backbone, Child Care Planning Council, First 5 Monterey County, MAOF Resource & Referral, Quality Matters Monterey County, and the United Way of Monterey County.

For more information, please contact sonja@brightbeginningsmc.org.

Looking for child care? 
Or are you a provider looking for up-to-date information and resources to provide quality care and education?  


Visit www.MontereyCountyChildCare.org or call (831) 757-0775
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