Engage the community and focus resources to improve lives in Monterey County.
Quality early care and education foster children’s healthy development and school readiness while supporting parents’ employment and economic self-sufficiency. In Monterey County, there is only one licensed childcare slot for every three children under 5 (whose parents are in the workforce). More classrooms, teachers and caregivers are needed, increasing the number of facilities or expanding the capacity of existing preschools and childcare centers. United Way Monterey County aims to support creative strategies that increase or maintain the number of licensed child care slots. Increasing access to early care and education is an investment in our children, providing safe and nurturing environments and promoting positive educational, social, emotional and behavioral outcomes for them.
Readying children for kindergarten is critical. We are grateful for the United Way grant because it allows us to prepare more students in social and emotional skill-building, language development, and early exposure to music, arts and crafts.
- PK Diffenbaugh, superintendent, Monterey Peninsula Unified School District