Introducing our new Help Me Grow Advisor

We are excited to introduce Amy Pak as our new Strategic Advisor for Help Me Grow. Most recently Amy served as the founding Executive Director of Families of Color Seattle (FOCS) and brings 20 years experience creating high impact change in King County as a coalition builder and racial equity leader. Amy joins the Best Starts for Kids leadership team and will oversee the implementation of the Best Starts Help Me Grow framework strategic plan.

Positive Family Connections: RFP Save the Date!

Positive Family Connections is an upcoming funding opportunity. Aiming to fund programs and activities that support families with middle school and high school age youth as they navigate their changing relationships, Positive Family Connections seeks to strengthen the family, particularly the relationship between the young person and their parents/adult caregivers. RFP is opening soon!

Early Learnings From Trauma-Informed And Restorative Practices Investments

As part of the first phase of our investments in Trauma-Informed and Restorative Practices (TIRP) in the school environment, Best Starts awarded nearly 100 organizations in 14 school districts up to $10,000 for the 2017-2018 school year. In the two years since we made those awards, the TIRP village evolved to now include 30 partners doing more intensive work to confront systemic and racial trauma in our schools. As we expand our partnership, it’s important to also look back to our roots to reflect and learn, so we took the time to analyze the final reports submitted by our initial awardees who received up to $10k.

Funding Opportunity: Promoting First Relationships Training-Due Oct 21

Public Health–Seattle & King County is requesting applications from community-based agencies to participate in Promoting First Relationships Agency Training, either TRAIN-THE-LEARNER training model OR Promoting First Relationships TRAIN-THE-TRAINER training model. This funding opportunity is a partnership between Best Starts for Kids and the Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy.  Applications are due by October 21, 2019.