Best Starts for Kids was born in community. We asked parents, families, caregivers and communities what they wanted for their children. They responded with their hopes and dreams — not just the things they wanted to avoid and prevent but the beautiful things they wanted for their children. These community aspirations shaped Best Starts for Kids into what it is today.
We keep coming back to you to ensure that we are doing what the community has asked of us. Where we are falling short, we want to improve.
This fall, we are partnering with organizations across all corners of King County to host a series of community conversations.
The community conversations are virtual and aim to:
- provide a brief update on the state of Best Starts for Kids
- learn from Best Starts Champions, partners, and providers on what you think went well during the first 5 years of the levy
- discuss what needs improvement going forward
You can expect smaller breakouts and larger group sharing. It is important that we stay the course in the next levy and we hope that you will join us in listening, learning, and sharing your wisdom on how we can continue to support a region where our kids are happy, healthy, safe and thriving.
Multiple date options
We will continue to update this section as we confirm additional community conversations.
Let us know if you plan to attend by completing the short forms linked in each community conversation below. That way we can email you the Zoom link and other vital information relevant to the virtual Best Starts for Kids Community Conversation.
Thursday, October 15 from 11am-1230pm
Hosted by the SnoValley Community Network with a focus on the Snoqualmie Valley community and Northeast King County.
Thursday, October 15 from 4-530pm
Hosted by the Greater Maple Valley Community Center with a focus on Maple Valley, East Renton, Black Diamond, Covington, Hobart, Ravensdale, and Enumclaw.
Saturday, October 17 from 10-1130am
Hosted by LGBTQ Allyship with a focus on LGBTQ community members and organizations that serve the LGBTQ community.
Tuesday, October 20 from 4-530pm
Hosted by the City of Burien and Southwest Youth and Family Services with a focus on Highline, Burien, White Center, Seatac and West Seattle communities.
Tuesday, October 20 from 3-4pm
Hosted by the Nourishing Network of Issaquah with a focus on the Issaquah community.
Thursday, October 22 from 4-530pm
Hosted by YDEKC with a focus on young people and organizations that serve youth and young people.
*This conversation will be accessible with live captioning and ASL interpreters*
Wednesday, October 28 from 9-1030am
Hosted by NUHSA with a focus on North King County Human Services providers and other organizations.
Wednesday, October 28 from 330-5pm
Hosted by the Village (Trauma-Informed and Restorative Practices partners) with a focus on organizations doing trauma-informed restorative work in King County.
Thursday, October 29 from 6-730pm
Hosted by the Community Network Council with a focus on organizations and communities in Kent, Des Moines, Covington, and Auburn.
Friday, October 30 from 930-11am
Hosted by Eastside Pathways with a focus on Eastside King County including Redmond, Bellevue, Kirkland, and Bothell communities.
*This conversation will include Spanish interpretation*
Monday, November 16 from 4-530pm
Hosted by the Federal Way Black Collective with a focus on Federal Way, Auburn, Des Moines, and Milton communities.
Tuesday, November 17 from 130-3pm
Hosted by the Auburn Family Providers with a focus on Auburn, Enumclaw, Black Diamond communities.
Wednesday, November 18 from 4-530pm
Hosted by Vashon Youth and Family Services with a focus on Vashon and Maury Island communities.
To find out more about the Best Starts for Kids Community Conversations, email firstname.lastname@example.org.