Vroom Community Connector RFP Now Open-Applications due July 3

The RFP for Vroom Community Connectors is now open. Applications are due July 3. This Vroom Community Connectors RFP is a pilot project that will inform Best Starts for Kids in moving forward with additional opportunities. Best Starts will contract with Somali and Latino/Latina/LatinX community-based organizations. As we build community engagement for our Help Me Grow framework, we will use Vroom to engage with families and learn together. Vroom is a nationwide initiative that empowers parents and caregivers to play a proactive role in their children’s early brain development. As part of Best Starts, King County is using the Help Me Grow national framework to inform the development of a coordinated system to get families the information they need and to coordinate all available services within King County.

Loud at the Library

“Loud at the Library” are collaborative events that take place at multiple libraries to foster community for moms and babies. A partnership between Nurse-Family Partnership, Vroom, Public Health–Seattle & King County, and Seattle Public Library, Loud at the Library events counter library stereotypes in fun, creative ways. Learn more and how it connects to Best Starts for Kids.

Expanding mental health services in King County middle schools

We’re thrilled to announce that beginning this fall, middle school students in over 40 King County schools will have more access to mental health screening and services at their school. Best Starts for Kids will invest $12.6 million over three years to expand Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Services (SBIRT), a school-based tool to promote mental health and prevent substance use for middle school students.

Now Accepting Applications for Parent/Caregiver Education and Support RFP-Due June 14

The request for proposals to fund Parent/Caregiver Education and Support services is now open. This RFP for Parent/Caregiver Education and Support, is one of five Community-Based Parenting and Peer Supports RFPs that Best Starts is releasing to partner with community-based organizations to promote positive and healthy outcomes for young children and to support parents and family, friend, and neighbor (FFN) caregivers. Applications are due June 14.