Strategy-Aligned Action

Collectively, Making Change Happen Our countywide strategy, “Together, preparing every child for school and life,” has two big goals: to double kindergarten readiness, and to reduce the gap in readiness between low-income and non-low income children, all by 2025. This …

We’re hiring!

Bright Beginnings Program Lead Bright Beginnings Lead (employee of First 5 Monterey County — reports to co-chairs of the Bright Beginnings Early Childhood Development Initiative and the Monterey County Children’s Council). This position provides leadership and strategic management for the Bright …

Finding Inspiration and Joy in Our Work | May 18

Share in the energy, dedication and wisdom of local educators involved in F5MC projects. Presentations related to everyday experiences in working with young children and families will provide new ideas and inspiration for our work. You will be able to …

Monterey County Budget Workshop

Investing in Early Childhood Development By the end of last week’s day-long Monterey County Budget Workshop, each and every Supervisor voiced their recognition of the importance of investing in early childhood development. A big thank you goes to the champions …

Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week

Monday, April 29th – Friday, May 3rd Maternal depression is a common experience of women in the United States, affecting more of our mothers than gestational diabetes and preeclampsia combined. Here in Monterey County, an estimated 1,000 women annually experience …

BLOCKfest | April 18, 2019

This week (April 8 – 12) marks the beginning of The Week of the Young Child (WOYC)! This annual celebration hosted by The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) spotlights early learning, young children, their teachers, families, and …

Early Care and Education Hackathon

Join us Saturday, June 1 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm for a community problem-solving hackathon with a focus on child care availability in Seaside and Marina with Keynote Speaker Deneen Guss, Superintendent of Schools in Monterey County. Monterey County residents …

Spring Parent Leadership Conference

We were thrilled to participate in this year’s Salinas City Elementary School District’s Spring Parent Leadership Conference, a community resource event for all families who wanted to know more about their child’s education and how to help with areas of study at …