CAT Spotlight – Salinas

Kristan Lundquist, Recreation and Community Services Superintendent for the City of Salinas, José Arreola, Community Safety Director for the City of Salinas and the Director of the Community Alliance for Safety and Peace (CASP), and Fernanda Ocaña, Community Safety Program Coordinator …

Why Paid Family Leave is Good Business

The Boston Consulting Group published the report, Why Paid Family Leave is Good Business,which summarizes current research showing that paid family leave pays off for employees and their families, as well as employers. The report suggests that there are five …

Bright Beginnings in the press!

A recent article, “Some smaller districts enroll younger 4-year-olds in early kindergarten” published by EdSource, featured the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District’s (MPUSD) accomplishment to expand the transitional kindergarten (TK) program which now serves children with 5th birthdays up to …

CAT Spotlight – Greenfield

Dr. Nancy Kotowski, Monterey County Superintendent of Schools, and Caryn Lewis, Greenfield Union School District Assistant Superintendent of Education Services, discussed the progress and successes of the Bright Beginnings’ Collaborative Action Team (CAT) in Greenfield.   The Greenfield CAT has …

30 Seconds of Action = Major Impact

Take Action Today! Assembly Member Anna Caballero’s bill, AB 300, could help more Monterey County families with young children access affordable, quality child care. Not only would it authorize Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz counties to develop and implement …

February 24, 2017 | CAT Convening

On Friday, February 24, 2017, 28 participants from both the Monterey County Children’s Council and representatives from the local Collaborative Action Teams (CATs) attended the 3rd Collaborative Action Team Convening at Harden Ranch Foundation. Below are a series of identified successes, …

Final Evaluation Report

Towards the end of 2016, Spark Policy Institute sent out a survey to assess Bright Beginning’s progress on core elements of Bright Beginnings Theory of Action. This illustrates the collective impact path the initiative is taking in order to see …