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New Tax Would Raise Money for the County’s Lack of Childcare

A parcel tax on the November ballot aims to tackle Monterey County parents’ childcare woes. Called the Safe, Affordable, Quality Child Care Act, the tax would raise $5.5 million annually over 10 years.

(Sept. 1, 2022) → Read the full Voices of Monterey Bay report
Safe, Affordable, Quality Child Care Act: Qualified and Ready for a Vote

Supporters of a tax measure to strengthen child care services in Monterey County needed more than 11,600 signatures to place it on the ballot. Instead, they got more than 21,000—and the official endorsement of the Monterey County Board of Supervisors.

(July 28, 2022) → Read the full Voices of Monterey Bay report
Amber Alert Turns 20

The California Highway Patrol is marking the two-decade anniversary of the Amber Alert system. Hundreds of abducted children have been found and returned safely to their families following its implementation in 2002.

(July 28, 2022) → Read the full YubaNet report
Salinas Officials Look to Boost Turnout in Summer Lunch Program

Every year, the city organizes its Free Summer Lunch and Snack Program, providing healthy meals and snacks to children under 18 years old. While hundreds of families benefit from this program every year, this summer is different.

(July 21, 2022) → Read the full The Californian report
California Child Abuse Database Lacks Half of County Reports

State auditors say more than half of substantiated California child abuse reports in recent years were not in the state’s database, which could result in child abusers being allowed to care for children. The database is used by state and county social services and welfare departments, adoption agencies and other organizations.

(May 31, 2022) → Read the full The Californian report
Children's Healthcare Center Provides Help to Vulnerable Patients

The nonprofit Coastal Kids Home Care has opened its new headquarters in downtown Salinas, bringing nurses and care directly to parents like Pamela Bradley, whose four children have special needs.

(May 20, 2022) → Read the full The Californian report
Hartnell College Program Helps Parents, Addresses Local Child Care Needs

Hartnell College has received a nearly $500,000 state grant to further early childhood education training and opportunities for students.

(March 24, 2022) → Read the full The Californian report
Mental Health Group Looks to Create Safe Space in Monterey County

AIM Youth Mental Health has big ideas about improving adolescent mindsets. Over the next three years, the Carmel-based organization hopes to establish Monterey County as a model for youth mental health support.

(March 9, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
New Legislation Would Ease Welfare-to-Work Rules for Single Parents

Assembly Bill 1728, introduced by Assemblymembers Robert Rivas (D-Salinas) and Blanca Rubio (D-Baldwin Park), would exempt single parents receiving CalWORKs benefits from “welfare-to-work” requirements for the first three years of their child’s life.

(Jan. 28, 2022) → Read the full The Californian report
A King City Preschool Enjoys Some Upgrades

Alegria Migrant and Seasonal Head Start in King City are enjoying an upgraded playground thanks to employees of United Way.

(Nov. 9, 2021) → Read the full King City Rustler report
Grant Awarded to Local Children's Nonprofit Group

Partnership for Children has received a $105,000 grant to bring assistance to Central Coast families. The group provides transportation and medical care for children and their families.

(Nov. 9, 2021) → Read the full Salinas Valley Tribune report
Monterey County Receives Federal Grant to Help With Homelessness

Monterey County was on of 33 counties awarded a federal grant to help end youth homelessness. The county was given $5.2 million to assist with the issue and help 300-plus homeless youth under the age of 25.

(Sept. 21, 2021) → Read the full The Californian report
Students at Rancho Cielo Build a Better Future

At Rancho Cielo in Salinas, young adults ages 16 to 24 can enter a high school diploma program and get vocational training for real-life job skills to in lieu of a traditional academic program.

(Aug. 31, 2021) → Read the full Monterey County Weekly report
Monterey County Fair Junior Livestock Auction Returns With In-Person Show

The thrill of in-person bidding with live auctioneers before a live audience returns Aug. 28, with the Monterey County Fair Junior Livestock Auction at the Monterey County Fair and Event Center.

(Aug. 27, 2021) → Read the full Salinas Valley Tribune report
National Nonprofit Embraces the Salinas Valley

Nearly 10 years ago Brighter Bites, a nonprofit that delivers fresh fruits and vegetables to schoolchildren, was born in Texas. But most of the vegetables came from the Salinas Valley. In February, Brighter Bites opened up a location in the valley.

(Aug. 24, 2021) → Read the full Monterey County Weekly report
Tips for Keeping Kids Safe in Face of the Delta Variant Surge

The contagious Delta variant is fueling a nationwide COVID-19 surge. And while the best weapon for students ages 12 and up is vaccination, there are ways to keep younger kids safe before, during and after school.

(Aug. 23, 2021) → Read the full KCRA NBC 3 report
Legends of the Autobahn Cruises into County Fairgrounds

The 11th annual Legends of the Autobahn, hosted by three national German car clubs, is back on after organizers found a new venue at the Monterey County Fairgrounds. The free event is takes place Aug. 14.

(Aug. 10, 2021) → Read the full Monterey County Weekly report
Anticipation Builds for California Rodeo Salinas

For weeks, more than 1,200 volunteers have been working to prepare the Salinas Sports Complex for the California Rodeo Salinas. Organizers are arranging contests and parades for the four-day event, which begins on Sept. 23.

(Aug. 5, 2021) → Read the full The Californian report
State Budget Earmarks $5 Million for Gonzales Teen Center

The city of Gonzales is getting $5 million in state funds to put toward building a new teen innovation center. Mayor Jose Rios said the center will provide young people with access to high-speed internet, computers, printers and other amenities that will help them better prepare for their future.”

(July 19, 2021) → Read the full Salinas Valley Tribune report
King City Student Realizes Ballet Dreams

Ashley Madrid attended her last class with Monterey County Dance Theatre on June 5 and headed off to study with Sacramento Ballet before joining the Kirov Ballet Academy in Washington, D.C.

(June 29, 2021) → Read the full King City Rustler report
California Child Care Providers Reach Contract With State

More than 40,000 California child care providers will get at least a 15 percent pay raise starting in 2022 through their first-ever collective bargaining agreement.

(June 25, 2021) → Read the full The Sacramento Bee report
King City Skate Park Reopens Despite Vandalism

The King City Recreation Department celebrated the return of the city’s skate park, despite recent vandalism of the new ramps. The grand reopening coincided with International Skateboard Day.

(June 21, 2021) → Read the full King City Rustler report
State Budget Revision Earmarks More Money for Child Mental Health

Advocates say demand for care has been up during the pandemic, and services are inadequate.

(June 1, 2021) → Read the full CapRadio report
Monterey Bay Aquarium Ready to Reopen

On May 15, Monterey Bay Aquarium will be open to the public for the first time since closing for the pandemic.

(May 5, 2021) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
Flipping the Script With Diversify Our Narrative

Pacific Grove High School junior Marianna Zoellin found more than viral videos on Tiktok.

(March 20, 2021) → Read the full Voices of Monterey Bay report
Getting Schooled Again

“It’s just a joyful day today to be able to see everyone again,” said Principal Carissa Edeza, whose Washington Union School District was the first in Salinas to reopen for K-6 in-person learning.

(March 19, 2021) → Read the full The Californian report
King City Highlights Cohort Learning

Board members from South Monterey County Joint Union High School District recently toured King City High School to see its cohort classrooms—small student groups who gather for in-person instruction. High school principal Janet Matos said, “King City is leading in many areas.”

(March 16, 2021) → Read the full King City Rustler report
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