Nov 7 - Dec 31, 2019

United Way Monterey County


Engage the community and focus resources to improve lives in Monterey County

The Big Idea

In 2014, United Way and its partners conducted the Impact Monterey County aspirational assessment to understand the key issues affecting residents throughout the County. One of the barriers to economic stability identified was limited access to quality and affordable child care. In Monterey County, there is only one licensed slot for every three children under five whose parents are in the workforce. In a recent survey of Monterey County child care providers, 100% of respondents indicated that they were full and had waiting lists. More classrooms, teachers and caregivers are needed. Increasing the number of child care facilities or expanding the capacity of existing preschools and child care centers to increase the number of slots can help address this shortcoming.

United Way Monterey County (UWMC) is making grants with an Early Care and Education Innovation Fund to support creative strategies that increase and/or maintain the number of licensed child care slots. Grants will provide one-time funding to build provider and school capacity to serve more children on an ongoing basis.

Thank God for the extension of the San Jerardo Migrant and Seasonal Head Start, it helps us save more money. As field workers it is difficult. We have to budget our money for the off season when there is not much work. The cost of child care is a lot especially when you have more than one child; it is better to stay home with your children. The program extension help me save a little more money and I could buy a better Christmas gift for my children.

- Librada Reyes