April 28 | Weekly Digest: COVID-19 Response & Recovery for Child Care & Wellbeing

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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 the 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 Laura@BrightBeginningsMC.org.

This Week’s Highlights

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

Vaccines By the Numbers

84% of eligible Monterey County residents ages 5+ have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, as reported here by the Monterey County Health Department on April 25. Stay informed with the Monterey County COVID-19 portal.


  • The Child Health and Disability Prevention Program (CHDP) provides crucial services for families, children, and educators in Monterey County including free health checks and immunizations. They can also present information at your location for families and staff. Check out these flyers to learn more about their offerings. 
  • Family Child Care Homes are eligible for a one-time payment of up to $10,000 if it has provided care for at least one subsidized child between May and October of 2021. FFN providers who cared for a subsidized child between August and October of 2021 will also receive funds. Click here for more information. 
  • The Local Child Care Planning Council (LPC) is updating the priority zip codes for Monterey County. Zip codes with a highest priority (1) will be more likely to receive subsidized child care when new funding is available. Please fill out the LPC Priority Survey, and share your feedback by Wednesday, May 4. 
  • We need your input! Please fill out a simple Healthy Monterey County Needs Assessment and help shape the future of health in Monterey County. 
  • Interested in serving children after school or during the summer months? The Monterey County Community Foundation is offering Expanded Learning Grants for public and private programs to serve school age children with enrichment and academic support. Learn more here. Applications are due Friday, May 13.  
  • Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grants are available for Monterey County businesses that made less than $50k in 2021. Watch the informational webinar and apply for the grant here. Applications are available in English and Spanish. 
  • Check out the Building Businesses Back (BBB) website to find grants, loans,workshops, and other resources for your small business. They can help with child care businesses, too!Check out this webinar recording here, and other resources from the State Treasurer here
  • MPUSD is enrolling toddlers, Pre-K, TK, and Kindergarteners! Check out and share these flyers with your community. Download the application here
  • Build capacity to support the quality of infant and toddler care in your programs and enhance the professional development of your teachers. Apply for the Program for Infant Toddler Care trainer certification by Monday, August 15.
  • CPIN is hosting a free webinar on how to talk to parents about concerns on Saturday, May 7 and Wednesday, May 18. Please see the flyer for more information and how to 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 Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC) Online Group Course starts Monday, May 9. Contact Laura Keeley-Saldana for more information on how you can earn 3 ECE units. Register here.  
  • The Monterey County Preschool Service Corps (PSC) program is looking for new AmeriCorps members for the 2022-23 year to support language and literacy development in partnering preschools. Visit Monterey County’s United Way website or contact Taylor Jonte-Saiz at (831) 757-3206 x 204 for more information.
  • Calling all Monterey County licensed family child care educators and centers! Quality Matters Monterey will release the 2022-23 application for new Quality Matters sites on Sunday, May 1. 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.
  • Check out the Quality Matters calendar for future professional development opportunities available for ECE providers!
  • Need to find a testing or vaccine clinic in Monterey County? Visit MontereyCountyVaccines.com or find your location in the bilingual flyers below:

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, and the United Way of Monterey County.

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