BSK Leadership in the News: Trise Moore

The Children and Youth Advisory Board provides oversight for Best Starts for Kids. Comprised of King County residents and stakeholders with geographically and culturally diverse perspectives, board members make recommendations and monitor distribution of levy proceeds. Executive Constantine appointed 35 experts, researchers, and community leaders to the Children and Youth Advisory Board (CYAB), and the King…

Seeking school partners to expand middle school mental health support – responses due June 14

1 in 5 children between 9 and 17 needs mental health support, but less than a third of these children receive it. That’s why Best Starts is expanding school-based mental health support to more middle schools in King County. Up to $10,000 is available per participating middle school to create a plan to bring mental health support to middle schools.

BSK Core Team Complete with New Trauma-Informed Advisor

Welcome to Sarah Wilhem as our new Best Starts for Kids Strategic Advisor for Trauma Informed Systems! The title is a mouthful but in a nutshell–Sarah’s role is to provide a trauma-informed perspective and lens that will influence all BSK strategies. With Sarah joining the BSK team, our core staff team is complete! The core BSK team is now 10 staff strong, but many more supporting positions will be popping up, so stay tuned for job postings.

If you could re-invent school, what would you do?

Next week, Best Starts for Kids will release a funding opportunity to support a range of existing and new efforts to support trauma-informed and restorative practices in the school environment. Today, we take a deeper look at the science behind this approach and hear from two school staff working to bring it to their students.…

Best Starts for Kids’ Road Show

We are now excited to share our road show calendar! Each 1.5 hour community meeting will be focused on Best Starts for Kids’ information with numerous BSK staff present. You can expect a short presentation followed by breakout sessions with BSK staff. You’ll have an opportunity to learn more about the RFP process, data, evaluation and community partnerships. Please read on for locations and times.

New model helps students find their strengths to succeed

On any given day, there may be many reasons why students at Chief Kanim and Twin Falls Middle School spend half an hour with Melinda Johnson. Some may see Johnson for the first time to talk about why they’ve received a number of unexcused absences; others may be following up on progress toward goals they’ve…