This Friday, August 18th, in partnership with United Way of King County, we will open our funding application process for Parent-Child Home Program expansion. United Way of King County will make the announcement on their website, and we will share application information soon after on the BSK blog.
The Parent-Child Home Program funding opportunity is one of three BSK funding opportunities supporting Home-Based Services, a key strategy for advancing the well-being of children and families in King County.
What are Home-Based Services?
Home-Based Services are a type of family support, targeted to expectant parents and parents of children birth to age 5, in which trained professionals provide services and supports for parents and their children where they live. Best Starts for Kids is working to support a wide range of home-visiting services across age groups, geography, community diversity, with varying program intensity levels so that we can meet the range of needs across King County.
BSK has a number of strategies that fall within the prenatal through 5 age range, to ensure that more babies are born healthy and and more children thrive and establish a strong foundation for life. Home-Based Services is one of the first strategy areas in prenatal through 5 work with available funding.
What are the Home-Based Services Funding Opportunities?
- Parent-Child Home Program: Best Starts is partnering with United Way of King County and the City of Seattle to invest an additional $2 million in expansion of existing Parent-Child Home Programs and development of new ones. The Request for Proposals will be available this Friday, August 18, 2017, with proposals due September 18, 2017. Stay tuned to United Way King County’s website for immediate release of the announcement, followed by a BSK blog announcement.
- Evidence-Based, Evidence-Informed, and Promising Practices: BSK will invest approximately $2.5 million in a number of other evidence-based, evidence-informed, and promising home visiting programs to ensure that services best meet the needs of families in many different communities. BSK will open a RFP in late September to invest $1.25 million in supporting evidence-based programs and $1.25 million in supporting evidence-informed programs and promising practices. Examples of eligible models include Parents as Teachers, Child-Parent Psychotherapy, Outreach Doula, and more.
- Emerging, Culturally Relevant Practices: To meet the range of need across different communities, BSK will support the development and implementation of new or emerging community-based models. Best Starts will work with communities to identify these models and conduct a RFP process for an additional $2.5 million to support the development and expansion of emerging programs in January 2018. This RFP will ensure that all families can access the programs that best serve their culture and community.
For those most interested in Parent-Child Program expansion funding, stay tuned this Friday and we welcome your application! For those most interested in other Home-Based Services models, stay tuned in late September for the Evidence-Based/Informed RFP and in January 2018 for the Emerging Practices RFP.