Upcoming MHSA Meetings

Please join the Monterey County Health Department to receive an update on Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) funded services in Monterey County and to share your input on the future planning, development and evaluation of MHSA-funded programs. Here are the four upcoming …

Congratulations, Gonzales!

MCCC Innovation and Leadership Award On November 5th, Gonzales Way was honored for their innovation and leadership by the Monterey County Children’s Council (MCCC). The City of Gonzales is the first city in Monterey County to adopt a Health and …

Child Care Accessibility Website

A group of dedicated, local partners have developed new tools to better access child care related resources including a new website, Monterey County Child Care, providing free child care referrals through the MAOF Resource and Referral program. Those in search of …

Be a Champion for Monterey County Children

Californians cast their vote for Governor and have elected Gavin Newsom, who strongly supports investments in early childhood. This inspires us to keep moving our strategy forward to create equitable systems through coherent public policies that will improve the lives of …

Ciclovía Salinas

Earlier this month, Ciclovía returned for the sixth year in a row to Salinas, where 1.6 miles of Alisal Street, from Main Street to Sanborn Street, were opened for community members to enjoy recreational activities, such as running, biking, skating, …

Labor of Love | Event Recap

Earlier this month, more than 650 people (including 177 pregnant women) from South County, the Monterey Peninsula, and Salinas attended “Labor of Love,” a free, annual event that offers a health fair, resource fair, and a baby shower all under …

Rally for Quality Child Care

October 4 | Watsonville California’s child care system is broken, underfunded, and inaccessible. On October 4th, SEIU 521 Region 2 – Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito counties will be at Watsonville City Plaza fighting to make California’s child care system work for …

Action Alert | #ProtectFamilies

On September 22, the Department of Homeland Security announced its intention to make sweeping new changes to the ‘public charge’ rules, which are expected to negatively impact millions of children’s health and well-being. First 5 Monterey County joined over 600 …

Car Seat Recommendations

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has updated its recommendations for rear-facing car seats, recommending that children remain in a rear-facing car seat for “as long as possible, until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their seat.” ACTION: Car accidents are …