July 21 | 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.

Stay up-to-date and join the mailing list for the Bright Beginnings’ Weekly Recovery Coalition Digest, Maternal Mental Health Task Force, and the Bright Beginnings’ Quarterly Update here. It’s free!

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. 

Percentage of Residents with At Least One Dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine
Percentage of Residents with Two Doses of the COVID-19 Vaccine

Stay informed with the Monterey County COVID-19 portal.


  • If you missed the recent California Department of Public Health (CDPH) event for First 5’s about the newly authorized 0-5 COVID-19 vaccines, a recording is now available. The presentation features vaccine information and a Q&A with attendees. View the recording here.
  • United Way Monterey County, VNA, and the Monterey County Health Department, are seeking locations to host vaccination clinics for children 2 and up at NO COST. This is an opportunity to support families as they prepare for the school year by getting up to date on their immunizations. Contact Mary Ann Franscioni to schedule a clinic or for questions. See hosting requirements and dates here
  • Looking for resources to help build a child care facility? Check out this link from BuildUp for resources.
  • There is a new federal phone number for people experiencing mental health emergencies — 988. Share the 988 toolkit here
  • The Monterey County Office of Education’s Early Learning Program is hosting a youth vaccine clinic tomorrow, 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. 
    • Location: 342 Fremont Street, Salinas 
    • Appointments & Walk-Ins available as supplies last from 12:00pm – 4:30pm
    • Flyers are available in both English and Spanish
  • 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. 
  • 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!
  • Thinking of starting a new business, or need some 1:1 support? Check out this training series, starting Tuesday, August 2, from El Pájaro Community Development Program. 
  • 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.  
    • English
      • 2nd Thursday of the month, 6:00pm – 7:00pm via Zoom 
      • 3rd Thursday of the month, 10:00am – 11:00am at Parents’ Place Library, Pacific Grove Adult Education
    • Español
      • 2nd Thursday of the month, 10:00am – 11:00am at the NEW PCMC Play and Learn classroom, 1212 Riker St, (Temple Beth El), Salinas

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.