All children deserve the best start in life. In the first 5 years of a child's life, critical connections are made in the brain that shape their lifelong learning.  How we nurture and support our children today will impact their success in school and in life.
Month of the Young Child
April celebrates Month of the Young Child highlighting that The Early Years are Learning Years. Join us as we celebrate around the county with the MY Museum's Wheelie Mobilee, a hands-on traveling museum where children learn through play--because play is where learning begins. To learn more about these family events, click here.

The Early Childhood Development Initiative

There's some groundbreaking work happening for young children in Monterey County. The Early Childhood Development Initiative is a community-wide approach to helping young children thrive. To learn more and attend the upcoming region meetings occurring from January 22 through February 4, click here.

FOR PARENTS

Click here to learn about fun, healthy recipes, Text4Baby, playgroups and more.

FOR PROFESSIONALS: Trainings
Click here for more information on any of the below trainings.

Infant-Family Early Childhood Mental Health Training Series
Applications accepted on a space available basis.

COMMUNITY EVENT SPONSORSHIP
(Including Wheelie & Books)

We're delighted to announce a simplified online process for applying to have MY Museum's Wheelie Mobilee come to your free community event. Click here to learn more about Community Event Sponsorships.

NEW & NOTEWORTHY

Camille Maben Visits Monterey County
First 5 California executive Director Camille Maben spends time learning about the unique programs serving children and families in Monterey County. Learn more here.

FIRST 5 TURNS 15!
In 1998, California voters passed Proposition 10, the ballot initiative that created First 5 commissions in every county in the state to support the healthy development of children from birth through 5 years of age. Learn about the work of First 5s around the state.

First 5: 15 Years for Kids! Fact Sheet




STRONG START FOR AMERICA'S CHILDREN
The Strong Start for America's Children Act was introduced recently--a federal bill to expand early childhood education! Learn more from the Monterey Herald's article.

FOR COMMUNITY

PARENT TALK CRITICAL FOR EARLY LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT...
As the Literacy Campaign Summit (on Friday, October 25th) approaches here is another reminder of how connected language development is to childhood development and success! We encourage you to join this list serve as it often has interesting information about childhood development in "bite size" pieces together with suggestions for concrete action steps.

MONTEREY COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS PROCLAIMS 2013 YEAR OF THE CHILD
In acknowledgement of the value and importance of children to our county, the Monterey County Board Of Supervisors proclaimed 2013 Year Of The Child on Tuesday April 9th.  Click here to learn more.


FIRST 5 HAPPENINGS

Commission Meetings
Our next Regular Commission Meeting is Monday, February 24 at 9:00 a.m. at the First 5 Monterey County offices. For more info, click here.

2012 Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Released

Ready for Kindergarten, Ready for Life: An Exploration of the School Readiness of Monterey County's Children has been released. Click here for full report. Click here for additional resources.

 

Early Childhood Development Initiative (ECDI)

In recognition of the tremendous need and significant long-term
impact of investments in early childhood, the Children's Council of Monterey County has launched an Early Childhood Development Initiative (ECDI). Learn more.



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