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July Newsletter

July Newsletter

Bright Beginnings has been out and about in our communities promoting early childhood development through the launch of a collaborative initiative, sharing insights with the media, and facilitating meetings and trainings for various community members. Read on for more announcements, upcoming events, webinars, and trainings from Bright Beginnings and our partners!

We continue to look forward to learning, sharing, and collaborating with our communities. To learn more about Bright Beginnings, visit our new website here.

Stay up-to-date on the latest news and upcoming events by connecting with Bright Beginnings on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Porque Me Amas Campaign Launched

Time with your children is more precious than anything. Porque Me Amas is an initiative supported by the Monterey County Children’s Council, Bright Beginnings, Literacy Campaign for Monterey County, and First 5 Monterey County. The campaign encourages parents to engage with their children everyday. Not only does playtime benefit children by providing a fun and educational experience, but parents benefit too.

Click here to learn more and watch video clips about the importance of the Porque Me Amas campaign.

Despierta - Costa Central

Interview with Elsa Jiménez 

Monterey County Children’s Council Executive Committee member Elsa Jiménez was interviewed by Despierta Costa Central on our work to ensure that young children, from the prenatal stage through age 8, have what they need to succeed. Click here to watch her interview on our website!

Monterey County Children’s Council Executive Committee member Elsa Jiménez

Final Evaluation Report

Using Data for Next Steps 

Thank you to everyone who completed our survey; your responses have helped us compile our final evaluation report. Every six months, Bright Beginnings reviews our strengths and how to best support communities towards improving early childhood development. Click here to read more...

Policy and Advocacy - Ways to Get Involved

Bright Beginnings Policy Advocacy Network Meeting

Based on the results from our latest evaluation work, policy change is important for advocates and believers in early childhood development. Bright Beginnings has been working to strengthen the Policy Advocacy Network and through this work several issues have become priorities to discuss. Join us! 

WHAT: Bright Beginnings Policy Advocacy Network Meeting

WHEN: Friday, August 26, 1:00 - 3:00PM

WHERE: First 5 Monterey County
1125 Baldwin Street
Salinas, CA 93906

Click here to learn more...

Update on State Policy for Early Childhood Development 

Governor Jerry Brown signed the 2016/2017 budget on June 27—notably making a significant multi-year investment to increase early education opportunities and stabilize California’s early learning system. Click here to read more...

Advocacy Action - Seaside General Plan 

We'd like to share an exciting opportunity to advocate for early childhood in Seaside. The City of Seaside is beginning a multi-year process to update the city’s General Plan. Click here to learn more...

Upcoming Events


Policy Advocacy Network Meeting
August 26, 2016 

SAVE THE DATE - Fall Bright Beginnings Convening
September 9, 2016

SAVE THE DATE - Winter Bright Beginnings Convening
February 24, 2017

Bright Beginnings' Website

We launched our new and updated Bright Beginnings website earlier this summer! We are adding and updating interactive tools and resources weekly, so please be sure to check the site! While you're there, you can even submit a comment or question to let us know what else we can do to support your important work.  

Click here to access Bright Beginnings' website: www.brightbeginningsmc.org

Upcoming Fall Webinars


Below are a few upcoming early childhood development webinars that are hosted by our partners.

“Mean” Behavior and Aggression in Early Childhood: The Origins of Bullying
By Kristen Darling-Churchill
October 26, 2016 at 2:00pm EST 

Professionalizing Early Childhood Education: Your Role in the Next Era
By Stacie Goffin
November 30, 2016 at 2:00pm EST 

Resources and Tools


Click below for interesting tools, information on previous Bright Beginnings' trainings, and resources related to early childhood development.

My First Book: Free Book Drive
Apply for free books using the link above. 

Bright Beginnings' Google Training Webinar
April 21, 2016
If you weren't able to join our webinar, you can listen to the
recording here. 

Bright Beginnings' Communications Tools Training
May 13, 2016
If you weren't able to join us for this training, you can view the
slides here

Bright Beginnings' Spokesperson + Media Training
May 20, 2016
If you weren't able to join us for this training, you can view the
slides here
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Bright Beginnings is an opportunity for the community as a whole to work together to ensure that young children, from the prenatal stage through age 8, have what they need to succeed. Bright Beginnings aims to maximize community efforts to improve early childhood development outcomes through effective coordination, capacity building, empowerment and strategic action for children and their families. Bright Beginnings invites all communities in Monterey County to actively engage in supporting early childhood development.   

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