About Us


The BYTE purpose of the Monterey County Children’s Council is to facilitate the development of a comprehensive and collaborative delivery system of services for children and their families.   The Council was formed to enhance services and decrease duplicative efforts in child and youth service provisions. It was established by the Board of Supervisors on June 9, 1992 with the passage of resolution 92-256 in order to enable the County to more efficiently and effectively meet the needs of its children and their families, and to ensure that the law set forth in Section 18986 of the Welfare and Institutions Code is effectively implemented.    The Monterey County Children’s Council also develops and incubates strategic cross sector initiatives to address crucial county-wide issues that impact the well being of children and youth. The most recent initiative of the Children’s Council is the Community Alliance for Safety and Peace which aims to reduce gang violence amongst youth through Monterey County. The Council’s work is currently focused on two initiatives, All Kids, Our Kids and Bright Beginnings an early childhood development initative.

Vision Statement

All children in Monterey County live in safe, nurturing homes and communities; they are healthy, valued, succeed in school and realize their full potential.

Mission Statement

The Children’s Council provides leadership and policy direction to encourage the development of a comprehensive and collaborative delivery system of services to children and youth in Monterey County.

Guiding Principles

  • Collaborative – promoting cross-agency policies and procedures that enhance seamless service delivery; encourage interdisciplinary problem-solving and support; and address the barriers to success;
  • Comprehensive, Coordinated and Integrated – recommending a full array of services and supports where the entire range of needs are addressed in an efficient, responsive and effective manner;
  • Family Centered and Family Driven – honoring, respecting and empowering families as their child’s first teacher and strongest advocate; Culturally Responsive – ensuring diverse populations receive culturally responsive services and supports;
  • Community-Based/Community Driven – ensuring that services are available and accessible in a variety of settings and locations; Participatory – ensuring that program recipients participate in making and shaping decisions.
  • Outcomes-Oriented – measuring outcomes for children, youth and families and using data to facilitate decision-making, identify obstacles and improve services.