Applications Open for Parent-Child Home Program Expansion – Due 9/18

Updated 9/12

In response to community questions and feedback, funding partners for the Parent-Child Home Program expansion are modifying one application question to ensure there is flexibility around cost per family.

We are taking the following actions to clarify and amend the original application materials:

  • $4,300 per family is the typical annual cost of currently operating programs in King County. In planning a PCHP program budget, you should use the information in the budget tool available on eCImpact (United Way of King County’s online application program), which provides guidance about required staffing ratios, national model fees, and expected program expenditures, and develop a budget in alignment with the typical costs of your organization. We understand that there may be local variance among providers.
  • We have eliminated scoring associated with the budget question, and have revised it to provide an opportunity for you to share information about your organization’s budgeting process, as well as why costs may be higher or lower than the typical costs.

Best Starts for Kids is partnering with United Way of King County and the City of Seattle to invest $2 million to expand Parent-Child Home Program services for already-existing programs, or to start new programs. The Request for Proposals (RFP) for expansion of Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP) services in the City of Seattle and King County is now available here.

United Way of King County is administering this RFP. Applications are due at 12:00 pm on September 18.

The Parent-Child Home Program funding opportunity is one of three Best Starts for Kids funding opportunities supporting Home-Based Services, a key strategy for advancing the well-being of children and families in King County.

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Commitment to Equity

King County, United Way, and the City of Seattle are deeply invested in equity and social justice. We acknowledge that persistent inequities exist—especially by race and place—that in many cases are getting worse and threatening the collective prosperity of families in our city and county. Key among these disparities is kindergarten readiness, an early outcome that has a long-term impact on a child’s success. Partners are working to invest in organizations that are reflective of, and embedded in, the communities they serve and those that recognize and address the disparities and disproportionalities that exist in our communities.

Available Funding

Up to $1,918,826 is available to expand the number of families served by the Parent-Child Home Program.

  • Up to $394,254 is available to expand services to families in Seattle
  • Up to $1,524,572 is available to expand services to families in King County outside of Seattle

A portion of these funds will be set aside as one-time funds to support the start-up/expansion and infrastructure development costs necessary to implement a new program or expand an already-existing one, including training and technology.

Given the estimated cost-per-family and service numbers guidance, partners anticipate funding approximately 8 to 12 programs.

Funding Period

The service period for Parent-Child Home Program is typically 8-10 months, from October through May/June. Contracts for this first year of expansion funding will be from November 1, 2017 through August 2018, with staff hiring, training, and participant recruitment beginning in November, and services to families beginning in January. Programs in good standing will be eligible for a second year of funding in 2018-19 contingent upon funding availability.


Funding is available to nonprofit organizations that are either:

  • Currently delivering the Parent-Child Home Program and wish to expand to serve more families;
  • Interested in starting new Parent-Child Home Program services.

Organizations that are connected to, and embedded in, the community served will be prioritized. This includes employing staff that are representative of the communities served and using regular processes for soliciting family and community input on needs and services.

Proposal Timeline

RFP Issued August 18, 2017
Pre-proposal Information Sessions August 23 and August 24, 2017 (RSVP here)
Proposals Due  12:00 pm, September 18, 2017
Applicant Interviews October 4 and October 5, 2017
Notice of Selected and Non-Selected Proposers October 16, 2017

Have more questions? Attend an information session.

United Way will host two information sessions about this funding opportunity. Follow this link to RSVP.

Wednesday, August 23
The 2100 Building
2100 24th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144

Thursday, August 24
Snoqualmie Public Library
7824 Center Boulevard SE
Snoqualmie, WA 98065

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  1. Hi, I’m a registered drama therapist and licensed family counselor and and betty interested in this topic and in creating a program. How can I apply to do this?’

    Dorothy Lemoult MA, RDT, LMFTA, LMHCA 206-395-4441


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