Childcare Options

Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Deneen Guss, County Superintendent of Schools

Childcare Options

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Finding Care for Essential Care Service Workers

To: Early Childhood Education Organizations/Agencies and Monterey County Families

The Monterey County Office of Education recognizes that during these times, families of essential workers will be in need of child care. In partnership with local early childhood education partners: First 5 Monterey County, Monterey County Child Care Resource and Referral, Bright Beginnings Early Childhood Development Initiative, Monterey County Public Health, United Way Monterey County, as well as local child care providers, MCOE has been working to identify how families of essential workers can obtain needed childcare. Below please find the organizations identified to help connect you with needed childcare services.

Monterey County Child Care Resource and Referral Program

Referral Hours: 24hrs a day, 7 days a week | Phone: 831.757.0775

For essential employees that need to work and are seeking child care, please reach out to the Monterey County Child Care Resource and Referral at 831.757.0775 for available child care in your area.

This website is collaboratively operated by MAOF and the Bright Beginnings Action Team and is an online resource for essential employees that need to work and are seeking child care. It also provides other early childhood development related resources for parents and those providing care and education to young children.

Monterey County Child Care Planning Council

Phone: 831.784.4141

The mission of the Monterey County Child Planning Council is to plan for child care and development services based on the needs of families in the local community. To attend planning meetings, please email

Other Resources Supporting Young Children and Families

Bright Beginnings Early Childhood Development Initiative
Bright Beginnings serves as backbone support for Monterey County’s early learning partners. Please see their website for COVID-19 information and to join the coordinated response effort to support and mobilize child care and education for essential workers.

Central Coast YMCA
Phone: 831.757.4633
The Central Coast YMCA is focusing its resources to support the parents in the community who must work, including health care workers, first responders and those classified as “essential” employees. The YMCA is offering a day camp for TK - 8th grade. The camp includes: Essential Pop-Up 7:30a-5:30p; Extended Essential” Pop-Up 6:30 a.m - 7:45 p.m.

First 5 Monterey County
Please see the website for information on how to talk with children about COVID-19 and activities for children at home (Shelter-In Play).

Monterey County Public Health
An online resource for up to date information on COVID-19 and other relevant resources.

Quality Matters Monterey County
This website contains supports and resources for early child care educators and families.

United Way, Monterey County
Phone: 2-1-1
United Way’s 211 offers up to date information and resources. 211 is a FREE, easy-to-use source of information and referrals that connects you to the services you need including COVID-19-related information at the United Way COVID-19 Resources webpage.

As more information becomes available we will continue to update the community.


Jessica Hull

Communications & Public Relations Officer
Phone: 831.784.4245

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