Calling all Monterey County licensed family child care educators and centers!Quality Matters Monterey has released the 2023-24 application for new Quality Matters sites, due Thursday, June 15. Join a community of ECE professionals, receive coaching, technical assistance, stipends, and resources to support your professional growth. Learn more about Quality Matters and watch this video for highlights.
ECE Community College students: ECE Career Educational Support grants are available for help with tuition & textbooks. The Child Development Training Consortium is offering these funds on a first come first served basis.
Free-Open House & Resource Fair in Marina! Join the fun at MPUSD’s open house today Thursday, May 4 from 5:00pm-7:00pm featuring summer camps, activities for children and family resources. Classrooms will be open for current and prospective families. Location: Marina Child Development Centers @ 3066 Lake Drive, Marina.
Breastfeeding support group in Salinas and Soledad! Get the latest information on nutrition and child care as well as support with other mothers.
Choosing a quality program for your child is one of the most important decisions a family can make.Family Matters offers tools to help families build awareness of choosing quality early care and education of their choice for a strong start to kindergarten and beyond. Informational Webinars- New Dates:
Saturday, May 27 9:30am-10:30pm (Spanish)
Thursday, June 8 6:30pm-7:30pm (English)
The parenting Connection of Monterey County invites you to their annual Birth & Family Fair. Join them on Saturday, May 6 from 11:00am-3:00pm to learn more about resources in our community for pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and the parenting journey. Please help share this opportunity with the community.
The Red Cross has immediate financial assistance for households impacted by the floods. Share this information with your community to get them the help they need.
The Mental Health Services 3 year plan is open for public comment. Your input will help the Monterey County Health Department decide how funds are distributed and used from fiscal year 2023 thru 2026. Deadline to submit comments is Thursday, May 25.
Monterey County needs businesses that support families, both behind the scenes with strong family policies and in the public eye as a service to families. Ready to apply to become a Bright Beginnings Family Friendly Employer? It's easy! Learn more and certify your business here. Child care businesses are encouraged to apply!
Are you or others you know interested in starting a child care business? MAOF is recruiting potential family child care homes and is offering free training, marketing, and up to $1,000 to new or expanding child care programs in Monterey County. Learn more or call MAOF at (831) 757-0775.
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.
Want more information from Bright Beginnings Initiative? Join the mailing list for the Early Care and Education Weekly Digest, Maternal Mental Health Task Force Monthly News, and the Initiative’s Quarterly Update.
Overall, 81.3% of the eligible population in Monterey County have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. For more details on COVID health data, visit the Health Departments website here. Stay informed on all things COVID-19 on the Monterey County COVID-19 portal.
It takes a coalition to provide coordinated support and solutions for child care and educationHere are some of those that have come together during and after the pandemic to build an even stronger early learning system:
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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