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July 21, 2022
COVID-19 Response & Recovery for Child Care & Wellbeing
Our goal is to ensure that young children have quality, nurturing, and safe child care and education during and post-pandemic. For more information about this effort and the coalition behind it, please visit our web hub here.
If you have information, flyers, or events you would like to share in this publication please contact or send information to: Laura@BrightBeginningsMC.org.
This Week's Highlights
A few highlights from this last week are shared below. Previous Weekly Digests are available here.
Stay up-to-date and join the mailing list for the Bright Beginnings’ Weekly Recovery Coalition Digest, Maternal Mental Health Task Force, and the Bright Beginnings’ Quarterly Update. It’s free!
What should parents know about the COVID-19 vaccine for kids under 5? From the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in English and Spanish
FAQs from Parents/Guardians about COVID-19 Vaccines from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in English and Spanish
DHHS' Make Vaccine Shots Less Stressful and Painful for your Child in English and Spanish
If you missed the recent California Department of Public Health (CDPH) event for First 5’s about the newly authorized 0-5 COVID-19 vaccines, a recording is now available. The presentation features vaccine information and a Q&A with attendees. View the recording here.
The Monterey County Office of Education's Early Learning Program is hosting a youth vaccine clinic tomorrow, Friday, July 22 for children under 5 years of age. This clinic will be led in partnership with the California Department of Public Health and MobileMed Work Health Solutions.
Location: 342 Fremont Street, Salinas
Appointments & Walk-Ins available as supplies last from 12:00pm - 4:30pm
United Way Monterey County, VNA, and the Monterey County Health Department, are seeking locations to host vaccination clinics for children 2 and up at NO COST. This is an opportunity to support families as they prepare for the school year by getting up to date on their immunizations. Contact Mary Ann Franscioni to schedule a clinic or for questions. See hosting requirements and dates here.
Looking for resources to help build a child care facility? Check out this link from BuildUp for resources.
Share a fun book with young children that helps them understand the importance of getting vaccinated! Download “A Shot for Potter & Spots” for free from First 5 Santa Clara County.
Do you think your program has a COVID-19 outbreak? Child care providers can complete this form and submit it to Monterey County Public Health, when children are present and a child has tested positive in that setting. If a child has tested positive outside of that child care setting and does not attend the child care center, then they may report the positive case here.
Need a COVID-19 home test for your staff or families? We have free kits available at the Bright Beginnings office. Contact Cristina@brightbeginningsmc.org to get some for your program or home!
Thinking of starting a new business, or need some 1:1 support?Check out this training series, starting Tuesday, August 2, from El Pájaro Community Development Program.
The Parenting Connection of Monterey County will be hosting in-person and virtual Wellness Groups for parents in English and Spanish that are struggling with any of the emotional stressors that can result from becoming a new parent. As always, the Support Warmline is available to receive voice and text messages 24hrs a day from both families and professionals: (831) 783-5933. Register here.
There are additional funds available for materials, training, and fees associated with starting new and expanding child care programs in Monterey County! Contact Maria Ortiz at the Resource and Referral at 831-757-0775 for information
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:
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.
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