Coming Together in Summer 2021

Bright Beginnings Advocacy, Community

With 78% of our county population at least partially vaccinated, the Summer of 2021 has been a time of coming together. Monterey County parks are free to families, school has started in-person, business and summer events are back. We also came together to mourn the untimely passing of community leader Alfred Diaz-Infante. We’re determined to carry on his deep legacy of advocacy and action for fair housing and equitable prosperity in Monterey County. 

We continue to stand together as we travel the road to racial justice in our community, holding close to our hearts the young people affected by the recent acts of racism at various local high schools, and holding accountable the systems that have the power to make change for good. 

Through the ups and downs of the pandemic, the partners of the Bright Beginnings Early Childhood Development Initiative continue to come together to support young children and their families. We have shared our stories of mental health, advocated for American Rescue Plan funding for child care infrastructure (the Board of Supervisors allocated an unprecedented $1.54 million!), and are grateful for the increase in federal support for families with young children (click here to read more about the Child Tax Credit). We continue to ensure that our young ones are enrolled in the early learning programs they need (enrollment for TK and Kindergarten is still open!) and if you need child care, you can find it at

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