Best Starts for Kids Evaluation Strategies RFP now open! Due May 14

The RFP to conduct evaluation for selected Best Starts for Kids programs and strategies is now available. The selected evaluators will identify a study design to answer evaluation questions of respective program and strategy within allocated funding.

Click here to view the request for proposals and apply.

This link will take you a ZoomGrants page. Create a log-in to view the RFP and apply.

Commitment to Equity

Equity and Social Justice is an integral part of the County’s work and foundational to the work of Best Starts for Kids. Our goal is to ensure that all people, regardless of who they are and where they live, have the opportunity to thrive, with full and equal access to opportunities, power, and resources.

For Best Starts funded programs, we seek to support organizations that are reflective of and embedded in the communities they serve, and recognize and address the disparities and disproportionality that exist in our communities.

Evaluation Scope

The Best Starts evaluation will apply various study designs to support developmental, process, and outcome evaluation based on the level of program development. The selected evaluators will identify a study design to answer evaluation questions of respective program and strategy within allocated funding.

Best Starts is seeking agencies/organizations to conduct evaluation activities for the selected programs and strategies listed below. See the full RFP for detailed information on programs and strategies requesting an in-depth evaluation, available funding, project description, and preliminary evaluation questions of interest.

Investing Early (Prenatal to Five)

  1. Child Care Health Consultation Service Delivery
  2. Community-Designed Home-Based Programs and Practices
  3. Help Me Grow and Developmental Screening, General Parenting (Prenatal-5) /Family Engagement (Five to Twenty-four)

Sustaining the Gain (Five to Twenty-four)

  1. School-Based Partnerships, including Trauma Informed & Restorative Practices
  2. Rebuild the Village

Investment available

A total amount of $1.4 million, across the separate tracks, is available for the contract period August 1, 2018-December 31, 2019. Funds for 2020 and 2021 are dependent on biennial budgeting decision-making and performance.


Key Activity Deadline
RFP Released April 9, 2018
Webinar for Applicants April 23, 2018
Proposal Due May 14, 2018
Interviews (if necessary) Late May
Notice of Selection June 11, 2018
Earliest start date August 1, 2018

Webinar for Applicants

2:15 to 3:00 pm
Click here to join
Call in option (audio only): 206-263-8114
Conference ID: 541383

How to submit a proposal

Please submit a completed application no later than May 14, 2018, 5 PM PST using the link below through ZoomGrants. A completed application packet will consist of the elements describedin the RFP, including a Summary, Table of Contents, Project Narrative Response, and Appendices.

ZoomGrants link:

Have more questions?

Please contact with questions about the RFP. Questions will be answered within 72 hours. Answers will be posted online through ZoomGrants.


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