Dads of Monterey County
Community education & advocacy

Dads of Monterey County is a diverse grassroots community, open to all fathers, who take an active role in their children’s lives. We get together with other dads to talk, hang out, and watch our kids play together.

We are working dads, stay-at-home dads, dads with flexible schedules, work-from-home dads, freelance dads, gay dads, bi dads, trans dads, queer dads, poly dads, dads-to-be, and involved dads who want to socialize and interact with other men who enjoy spending quality time with their children.

Families of Color Monterey County
Community education & advocacy
Families of Color Monterey County (FoCMC) is a grassroots community education and empowerment initiative centering the needs of families of color and focused on developing equitable access to resources through advocacy, education, and community building.

holistic moms network
Holistic Moms Network: Monterey Bay, CA
Nonprofit support & resource organization
The Monterey Bay Chapter of the Holistic Moms Network is a support, education, and social network for those interested in green living; alternative health care; and responsive parenting. We are a warm & inclusive group and welcome you to join us wherever you are on the holistic path in an environment that does not judge. We welcome moms and dads with children of any age, yet you do not need to be a parent to join. We have monthly meetings, events, and activities for both working and stay-at-home individuals. Children are welcome at all HMN events.

Improving – Monterey County, CA
Community education & advocacy
We are mothers and those who care for us, advocating for evidence-based care & humanity in childbirth.  This movement isn’t about natural birth vs. medicated birth.  It’s not about hospital birth vs. homebirth or birth center birth.  It’s about women being capable of making safer, more informed decisions about their care and that of their babies, when they are fiven full & accurate information about their care options, including the potential harms, benefits, adn alternatives.
It’s about respect for women and their decisions in childbirth, including how, where, and with whom they give birth; and the right to be treated with dignity & compassion.
All of this is within a system where 9 out of 10 women receive care that is not based on best evidence, and 1 in 3 births occurs by surgery — an all-time high rate that doesn’t correspond with better health outcomes.


Keslie’s After Birth Services
Keslie Mack, CPES

Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, Reiki Sessions and Trainings, Essential Oil Trainings


I provide placenta encapsulation service in your home per California law and common sense, following mobile small labs procedures for working with blood and following Food Safety Protocols for preparing meat for human consumption. I also support Mothers in many other ways, visit my website for details.

La Leche League (LLL) of the Monterey Peninsula
General Breastfeeding Support
Salinas and Monterey


La Leche League’s Mission is to help mothers to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.

This group’s purpose is to connect local breastfeeding moms so that they can participate and receive mother-to-mother breastfeeding support.

Servicios en Español

Magic Babies Monterey County
Down Syndrome support & resource organization

We are a small, but mighty community of parents touched by the magic of Down Syndrome. Our mission at Magic Babies is to provide a comfortable and supportive environment for parents and their children, while promoting a positive perspective of acceptance & inclusion throughout the local community.We are a small, but mighty community of parents touched by the magic of Down Syndrome. Our mission at Magic Babies is to provide a comfortable and supportive environment for parents and their children, while promoting a positive perspective of acceptance & inclusion throughout the local community.

Magic Babies meets monthly and welcomes all family members & friends of children with Down Syndrome. We strive to maintain a team based environment of safety for kids of all ages, where parents can bring their magic babies to a loving space and feel comfortable voicing their concerns.

Monterey Bay Parenting
Attachment Parenting International
Nonprofit support & resource organization

We are a local parenting support group affiliated with Attachment Parenting International. Monterey Bay Parenting hosts monthly discussions on a variety of topics related parenting, child development and creating secure attachments.

Monterey Babywearers

Support & resource organization

Come join us as we talk about and practice various safe carrying options.  Find a carrier that works for you and your little ones.  Meet local families and have a good time!

Regular meetings, in Pacific Grove & Marina.  See Facebook group page for details.


Parenting Connection of Monterey County

Marina Del Mar School (classroom 10)
3066 Lake Drive
Marina, CA 93933

PCMC is guided by a set of core values. Parent education is delivered respectfully, is research-based, holistically honors the parent and child, and is appropriate for each age and stage.

Highly qualified parent educators share and model relevant, research-based curriculum in each class, responding to the specific needs of the families in attendance, focusing on building positive relationships and growing healthy, confident children. PAL classes are designed to increase parental resilience, build social connections, share knowledge of parenting and child development, provide concrete support in times of need, and support the development of social and emotional competence in children. Parents who attend PAL classes report feeling more informed, supported, and capable in their role.

PCMC PAL classes are currently the only playgroups on the Monterey Peninsula that are offered at times when working families can attend. Saturday classes allow parents who work full-time during the week to access critical social connections and parenting support, while enjoying time with their young children.

Parenting Connection of Monterey County Postpartum Support Groups & Warmline

Postpartum Support Groups: Free, confidential, support group for mothers to find comfort, validation, and resources from one another and from local therapists. 2nd Tuesday of each month in Marina. 3rd Tuesday of each month in Salinas.
Postpartum Warmline: Free, confidential, bilingual therapists will return your call, listen to your concerns, offer a postpartum screening, and help you connect with the right local resources. 783-5933

Parent’s Place

1074 Lighthouse Ave.
Pacific Grove, Ca 93950

ppdl@pgusd.orgLocated in Pacific Grove, CA , Parents’ Place is a Parent Education program of the Pacific Grove Adult School (PGAE) which offers age related classes for babies from birth to 3 years and specialty classes through the 5th year. Our program provides parents and caregivers with information to nurture their children in a positive, healthy and loving environment.Parents attend all classes with their child. Each class provides an atmosphere of support and comfort, which encourages the building of a community of parent-to-parent relationships.

Renee Hardenstein Massage Therapy
Renee Hardenstein, CAMTC

Infant Massage & Infant Massage Instruction


Infant massage is a tool we can use to connect deeply with our baby. It allows us the opportunity to listen to them not just with our ears but with our whole being. It helps us practice being present, meeting their needs, teaching them self-regulation, and playing with and enjoying one another. Current research is showing us that infant massage has lasting positive impacts on our baby’s developing brain and body.

The Parent Center
Vicky Walsh, Rachel Cruz, Catherine Broz
Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educators

20 Sherwood Place
Salinas, CA 93906

831.796.6900 option 3

The Parent Center is the Parent Education Department of The Salinas Adult School. We offer childbirth classes in English and Spanish, parent and child activity classes (mommy and me), family gardening classes, CPR and first aid classes, as well as having the only NAEYC accredited cooperative preschool in Salinas. All of our teaching staff hold Bachelor degrees and CA state teaching credentials.

Servicios en Español

Your Car Seat Lady
Margaret Sirtak
Certified Child Passenger Safety Instructor

Margaret meets with caregivers and their car seat & vehicle to educate correct installation.  It normally takes 30-45 minutes per carseat.  This service is for all members that transport children: parents, grandparents, nannies, childcare providers, friends, and family members.