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Childcare for essential workers


During the coronavirus pandemic, schools are closed around the nation. In Monterey County, a partnership between United Way, Bright Beginnings and other organizations, dependable childcare is being offered to essential workers during this time of crisis.

Josh Madfis the Vice President of Community Investments with United Way of Monterey County says the framework to provide safe and quality childcare had been established in the county to provide childcare to groups of people in Monterey County like farmworkers.

Madfis said providing an emergency response was a smooth transition. Essential workers include healthcare workers, farmworkers, and even childcare workers themselves.

There is availability for some 640 children at different locations which include the following:

The coalition that helped provide the emergency response for child care include:

United Way of Monterey County
First 5 Monterey County
Bright Beginnings
Monterey County Office of Education
Childcare educators

Essential workers in need of childcare can call: 831-757-0775

United Way says these facilities are in need of cleaning supplies like bleach, toilet paper, and hand sanitizer.

Childcare workers are given Personal Protective Gear (PPE) and children are given their separate basket and supplies to prevent the spread of germs.

Anyone interest in donating Personal Protective Gear (PPE) or hygiene products please contact or dial or text 211.

Volunteers are being asked to visit the UWMC website at The assembly of health and hygiene kits will be conducted in strict compliance with CDC infection control guidance.

Coronavirus / Coronavirus essentials

Veronica Macias


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