COVID-19 Response Coalition for Monterey County Weekly Digest
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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:

This Week's Highlights

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

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Monterey County Vaccines By the Numbers

Overall, 79.3% of the eligible population in Monterey County have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Percentage of Residents with At Least One Dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine

Percentage of Residents with Two Doses of the COVID-19 Vaccine

(Statistics provided by Monterey County Health Department)

Stay informed with the Monterey County COVID-19 portal


  • 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
    • Flyers are available in both English and Spanish
  • 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. 

  • There is a new federal phone number for people experiencing mental health emergencies — 988. Share the 988 toolkit here.

  • 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 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.

  • Looking for summer or after school activities for your child? The Monterey County InPlay Summer Activity Guide is now available with great ideas for keeping your child active and engaged.

COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Vaccine Information ➡️click here to learn more...

General COVID-19 & Public Health ➡️click here to learn more...

Resources & Tools

Financial Relief for Families ➡️click here to learn more...

All Ages Learning & Development Supports ➡️click here to learn more...

Resilience & Mental Health Resources ➡️click here to learn more...

Child Care & Education Quality & Business Tools ➡️click here to learn more...

Policy & Advocacy ➡️click here to learn more...

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


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


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

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

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