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 …

Spring Spruce Up

Our kids deserve to play and learn in SAFE, beautiful, well-designed spaces. Playful Spaces = Happy Faces! United Way Monterey County will award day-long beautification projects on Saturday, May 20 to preschool providers. They will provide all project equipment, materials, and …

CAT Spotlight – Peninsula

Both Wendy Root Askew and Cresta McIntosh have a deep-rooted passion for early childhood education and development, and they each serve their community as members of the Bright Beginnings’ Peninsula Collaborative Action Team (CAT). Wendy works as an aide to …

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 …