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.
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Monterey County Vaccines By the Numbers
Overall, 79.3% of the eligible population in Monterey County have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
- In partnership with United Way Monterey County, VNA, and the Monterey County Health Department, Monterey County is looking for locations to host vaccine clinics with a pediatric focus! This is a great opportunity for no cost vaccines that will support families as they prepare for the school year and get up to date on their COVID-19, flu, and Tdap immunizations. Contact Mary Ann Franscioni to schedule a clinic or to ask questions. Host agency requirements and a schedule of available dates are here.
- The Monterey County Office of Education’s Early Learning Program is hosting a youth vaccine clinic on Friday, July 22 for children under 5 years of age. This clinic will be led in partnership with the California Department of Public Health and MobileMed Work Health Solutions. Details:
- Vaccines for younger children are available! Families with children under 5 should contact their child’s pediatrician, visit a local clinic that provides vaccines for children under 5, or go to myturn.ca.gov. Visit Vaccinate ALL 58 to learn more about the safe and effective vaccines available for all Californians 6 months and older.
- Share a fun book with young children that helps them understand the importance of getting vaccinated! Download “A Shot for Potter & Spots” for free from First 5 Santa Clara County.
- The California Department of Public Health has posted new 2022-23 K-12 School Guidance on the Schools Hub here. A testing framework and FAQ are here.
- Need a COVID-19 home test for your staff or families? We have free kits available at the Bright Beginnings office. Contact Cristina@brightbeginningsmc.org to get some for your program or home!
- Do you think your program has a COVID-19 outbreak? Child care providers can complete this form and submit it to Monterey County Public Health, when children are present and a child has tested positive in that setting. If a child has tested positive outside of that child care setting and does not attend the child care center, then they may report the positive case here.
- MC Chamber Members – Vote for your fellow local businesses who have achieved excellence in their field. You will see a few familiar agencies that deserve recognition. Voting ends Sunday, July 17, so hurry and cast your vote here!
- Looking for summer or after school activities for your child? The Monterey County InPlay Summer Activity Guide is now available with great ideas for keeping your child active and engaged.
- The Parenting Connection of Monterey County will be hosting in-person and virtual Wellness Groups for parents in English and Spanish that are struggling with any of the emotional stressors that can result from becoming a new parent. As always, the Support Warmline is available to receive voice and text messages 24hrs a day from both families and professionals: (831) 783-5933. Register here.
- MPUSD is enrolling toddlers, Pre-K, TK, and Kindergarteners! Share these flyers with your community. Download the application 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.
- Thinking of starting a new business, or need some 1:1 support? Check out this training series from El Pájaro Community Development Program.
- 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.
- 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:
Resources & Tools
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
Early Development Services
First 5 Monterey County
Go Kids, Inc.
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.
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