Nov 8 - Dec 31, 2018

United Way Monterey County


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

The Big Idea

Create engaging child care spaces so our youngest learners can enjoy practicing their learning through play.

Play and learning go hand-in-hand. Think about them as a science lecture with a lab. Play is the child’s lab. When we help children play, we promote the development of fine and gross motor skills, language, socialization, personal awareness, emotional well-being, creativity, problem solving and learning ability.

Spring Spruce Up seeks to ensure that our youngest learners benefit from environments that stimulate their social, emotional and academic development. When child care spaces are properly designed, children have the freedom to move around safely and take part in a variety of curriculum activities without the need for constant direction.

UWMC will engage teams of volunteers to enhance child care spaces and provide the necessary supplies and materials to do so. We want all children to learn in inviting spaces that make play meaningful and offer a variety of ways for children to explore and interact.

You can make this vision a reality. Your investment gives kids a solid foundation for success in school and beyond.

According to Mr. Rogers, “Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning.” Thanks to United Way, the Marina Child Development Center has a beautiful outdoor play area where children can enjoy practicing their learning though play. Our young learners love to explore outside and the Spring Spruce Up provided us with a more engaging space for outdoor exploration. Now, they have more plants and trees to take care of, a cistern to collect rainwater with, a labyrinth to go around in, and logs to sit on for an outdoor classroom. United Way’s Spring Spruce Up project supported our vision of providing safe, healthy, engaging and beautiful learning environments for our young learners.

— Lizelle Wulff, Head Teacher/Site Supervisor, Marina