Meet Our New Staff Member

Bright Beginnings Advocacy, Community

Welcome to the Bright Beginnings Team Bright Beginnings is excited to welcome the newest member of our growing team! Meet Iris Gamez: “Hi! I am absolutely thrilled to be joining this initiative as the new Communications and Community Engagement Coordinator. My educational and …

Census 2020

Bright Beginnings Advocacy, Community

Expanding Community Engagement Young children are chronically undercounted in the national Census, and California has the highest estimated rate of 0-5 year-old undercount of any state. In Census 2010 there were an estimated 2.2 million children ages 0-5 uncounted. Why …

All are Welcome in The County of Monterey

Bright Beginnings Advocacy, Community

Immigration: Understanding “Public Charge” The Monterey County Department of Social Services has created two flyers, in English and Spanish, sharing details about #immigration and public charge. Click on either flyer below to view and download a PDF version in English or Spanish. ENGLISH: SPANISH:

Labor of Love Health Fair | September 26

Bright Beginnings Advocacy, Community, Events

The Labor of Love Health Fair is celebrating its 25th year on Thursday, September 26 from 4:30 – 7:30pm at Sherwood Hall in Salinas. Hosted by the Monterey County Health Department and sponsored by First 5 Monterey County, among others, this free annual event is a combination …

Cradle to Career Conference

Bright Beginnings Advocacy, Community, Events

September 11-13 in Washington D.C. Bright Beginnings was in D.C. at the Strive Together Cradle to Career Network Convening, with our local Bright Futures team and 400+ changemakers from across the country, united in the work of breaking down barriers and creating opportunities …

Salinas Mamás in Action

Bright Beginnings Advocacy, Community, Preschool For All

Bright Beginnings’ Salinas Mamás have an ambitious — and they believe doable — goal: making quality, full-time preschool accessible for all children. Earlier this month, several Mamás were interviewed by Radio Bilingüe. During the interview, they shared the work of their Preschool …