Local COVID-19 Resources

Bright Beginnings Advocacy, Community

Read about how our county is bracing for new state health orders, what to do if someone was sick at a holiday gathering, and the most current free testing sites in the Monterey County COVID-19 Community Newsletter, available in both English and Spanish. To learn …

Together WE Raise Monterey County

Bright Beginnings Advocacy, Community

2020 has been an exhausting year. People of all ages are being taxed physically, mentally, and emotionally, so finding ways to address our overall well-being is important.  For the first time ever, First 5 Monterey County is participating in Monterey County …

Goodbye 2020

Bright Beginnings Community

What has made 2020 stand out? Many things, and as we go deep into the winter season, we reflect on what has brought light into a year with much darkness. Here are a few moments that stand out for us: …

Monterey County Gives!

Bright Beginnings Advocacy, Community

Join us in support of First 5 Monterey County for Monterey County Gives! Your donation will help fund their important work in our community, including mental health trainings, addressing the root causes of social inequities, and supporting a healthy future for local children. First …

Congressman Panetta Responds

Bright Beginnings Advocacy, Community

On October 12, Congressman Jimmy Panetta joined the community for a Virtual Town Hall to discuss Centering Children & Families at the Heart of Recovery. Alma Loredo of Las Mamas de Salinas Abogan joined the conversation and asked “How can we help immigrants …

Family, Friends & Neighbors

Bright Beginnings Advocacy, Community

During the pandemic, even more than before, parents with young children have relied on other family members, on friends, on neighbors to help nurture and care for our young children. And, the partners of the Bright Beginnings Early Childhood Development …

Thank You to Our Heroes

Bright Beginnings Advocacy, Community

There have been many unseen heroes during the ups and downs of this year’s crises — such as those steadily nurturing our young children. Whether formally or informally, they are safely providing care and education, home visits, and other crucial …