March is Read Aloud Month

March is Read Aloud Month.  In Monterey County 52% of parents with children entering kindergarten tell their children stories or engage them with books four or more days per week.  Read Aloud 15 Minutes has a host of resources for …

CAT events – Google Calendar

What are some great events you want early childhood champions to know about?  Interested in learning about upcoming Bright Beginnings CAT and Network meetings?  Events around the county to get involved with?  Want to post what you are doing so …

United Way Funding for CATs

When funders coordinate funding priorities around your Initiative, it is a substantial accomplishment of Collective Impact.  It displays how the culture and systems are moving towards alignment of a common vision. Recently,United Way Monterey County (UWMC) has stepped up to …

Collaborating vs. Aligning

Collaboration is a term often used in creating social change.  How often have you been in a meeting where people say they are “collaborating” but it looks more like information sharing? There is a point and a purpose to information …

Greenfield Kinder Roundup – March 15th

Greenfield Kinder Roundup – March 15th The Greenfield Collaborative Action Team will host its second annual Kinder Family Festival for parents and families of 4 – 5 year olds on Wednesday, March 15th from 3pm to 7pm at Memorial Hall. …

Now Is The Time For Action!

2017 has begun with many advocacy efforts and now more than ever individuals can see the critical role they play in facilitating change.  Below are a variety of ways to engage in early childhood policy through information and advocacy efforts.. …

CAT Spotlight – Gonzales

Rene Mendez, Elizabeth Modena, and Michelle Slade are all integral members of the Bright Beginnings Gonzales Collaborative Action Team (CAT). Mendez works for the City of Gonzales as the City Manager, while Modena is the Superintendent for Gonzales Unified School …

Looking to 2017: Building a Movement

“Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller With our ever changing world, building a movement has never been more important. There is strength in numbers and in our commitment to starting all …

ACTION: Letters of Support – ASAP

Governor Jerry Brown released his FY17-18 budget at the beginning of January. The budget offers some support for families struggling to make ends meet through California’s earned income tax credit, an increase in the minimum wage, implementation of last summer’s …

Think Babies – National Campaign

Now more than ever, we need to be advocating for the causes we believe in. As advocates, we need to be encouraging legislators whether considering the tax code, infrastructure, the economy, or education, infant-toddler advocates know what Congress must do …