October 13 | Early Care and Education Digest

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Early Care and Education Digest

Our goal is to ensure that young children have quality, nurturing, and safe child care and education during and post-pandemic. For more information about this effort and the coalition behind it, please visit our web hub here

News and resources are shared below. Previous Weekly Digests are available here

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  • The California Early Math Project is hosting a free, virtual forum for early educators, childcare providers, and families. The Early Math Forum will focus on discovering math in everyday places. Learn about the connection between math and play on October 13 from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Register here
  • Family Health Nights featuring a 6 part series on social emotional health is open for all families. Join the google meet discussion here on Tuesdays between 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Supporting those that have lost a pregnancy or infant? It can be hard to talk about. Join reproductive psychology expert Dr. Julie Bindeman to learn how to work effectively with trauma, anxiety, and depression for grieving parents. Friday, October 14 from 7:00am – 3:00pm. Register here.
  • Learn how to support children and families through the storytelling of psychologist Chandra Ghosh Ippen. She will be reading excerpts from her latest children’s book, Argo and Me on two dates (English and Spanish). English event-Monday, October 17 from 6:30pm-8:30pm registration here. Spanish event-Wednesday, October 19 from 6:30pm-8:30pm registration here. This event is free to all!
  • Innovative Approaches to Identifying and Supporting Dual Language Learners. There are nearly 7.5 million children in the U.S. that are DLLs. Research shows that DLL children have better long-term academic outcomes when they receive support in preserving their home language. Early Edge California invites you to join their webinar on Tuesday, October 18 at 1:00pm. Register here.
  • Learn about the latest developments in maternal mental health screenings with Mom 2020 webinar. Wednesday, October 26 from 11:30am – 12:45pm. Register here.
  • Alisal Union School District is having a Resource Fair for families on Saturday, November 5, 2022 from 12:00pm-4:00pm at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Academy. For more information call 831-775-4500. Flyers can be downloaded here: English, Spanish. Tabling opportunities are also available!
  • The Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce Children’s Shopping Tour is scheduled for December 10th this year where volunteers take hundreds of kids shopping for school attire. To learn more about how to volunteer for this event and how children can benefit, visit here
  • Free Preventative Health and Safety Training! Santa Clara County Resource and Referral program is offering an EMSA-approved eight-hour Preventative Health and Safety training (with nutrition and lead poisoning prevention) required for child care licensing. This training is open to participants in San Benito, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Monterey Counties. Learn more here.
  • Alisal Family Resource Centers are offering food distributions for families in need. Find the calendar and locations here
  • Quality Counts California wants to hear from you! Participate in a focus group to share your thoughts about early learning and care in California to help shape more equitable solutions. Sign up and learn more.
  • Fight the Flu! Getting a flu shot can protect you and your loved ones. Schedule your flu vaccine today at vaccines.gov or myturn.ca.gov/flu
  • Need to find a COVID-19 testing or vaccine clinic in Monterey County? Visit MontereyCountyVaccines.com or find a location in the flyers: Free Testing and Free Vaccination sites.

Monterey County Vaccines By the Numbers

Overall, 80.4% of the eligible population in Monterey County have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. For more details on COVID health data, visit the Health Departments website here. Stay informed on all things COVID-19 on the Monterey County COVID-19 portal.

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.