Announcing Best Starts for Kids Workforce Development Workshops

The following workshops from July to December 2021 are designed to promote prenatal-five workforce professional development in King County and are open to all King County providers working with young children. Learn more about how Best Starts supports professionals who work with young children here

Infant Mental Health 101 

Shelter in place requirements have changed the way we provide home visiting services. While many providers are in a time of re-imagining the work, this training will look at some foundational infant mental health (IMH) skills of learning from the family through keen observations. We will explore together, how to best learn from our families as we artfully embrace the power of inquisitive observation as a tool for intervention and caregiver empowerment.  

The trainings will be facilitated by Barbara Stroud, PhD is a renowned trainer, consultant, author, co-founding organizer of CalAIMH and an experienced graduate level faculty member. She holds endorsement as an Infant Family Early Child Mental Health Specialist/Reflective Practice Facilitator Mentor and is a ZERO TO THREE Fellow. 

This IMH training series includes a series of four, 2-hour sessions. All participants must attend all four sessions within the same group as you will engage with the same participants over the 4 weeks. 

Group 1 
9-11 AM on July 8, July 15, August 22 and August 29.

Group 1 is currently full. 
Group 2 
1-3 PM on July 8, July 15, August 22, and August 29.

 Group 1 is currently full.
Group 3 
10 AM -12 PM on August 4, August 11, August 18, August 25.   

Group 1 is currently full.
Group 4 
2-4 PM on August 4, August 11, August 18, August 25

There are 20 spots currently open.
  • View the workshop openings and register here.  We will email you the workshop Zoom information a few days prior to the session.
  • If the group you wanted to join is currently full, please join a waitlist here

Understanding the Displacement on Families and their Children

Through storytelling, Saadia Hamid will take us through her personal journey and stories of immigrant and refugee families who immigrated or evacuated for different reasons. She will share how she moved to the USA 25years ago and about her relentless experiences working in the community and supporting families in their journeys to realize their dreams.
During this training, Saadia discusses the differences between refugee, immigrants, asylum and other forms of displacement. She will share the impact of displacement on family dynamics, the role of each family member, and how the place they call home is affected. Throughout the training we will engage in self-reflection, share personal experiences/stories, and discuss culturally responsive strategies for thriving.

About Saadia: Saadia Hamid is the founder of Happy Family Happy Community, a Consulting and Training Service that responds to communities’ needs. Originally from Eritrea in East Africa, she served as a teacher, principal of boarding school, mass media specialist, and curriculum developer for rural communities in Tigre Saadia’s mother language. Saadia speaks five languages, enabling her to reach out to a broader audience and understand the strength and challenges of second language learners. She got her Masters in Adult Education from Goddard College and her BA in Early Childhood from Evergreen State College. Saadia has worked in a different community capacity for the last 25 years; her positions have included the toddler room at q child care center, Head Start, Family Support worker, Parent-Child Home program Site Coordinator, and Education Engagement Specialist. Saadia’s beliefs and practices are shaped by her background, professional and personal experience in communities. Inclusion, equity, and equality are the pillars that guide Saadia’s work.

Workshop Dates:

  • Monday, September 27 at 9:00a.m- 12:00p.m PT
  • Wednesday, September 29 at 9:00a.m- 12:00p.m PT

Learn more and register here.

Race-Based Trauma and BIPOC Communities: Pathways to Coping, Healing, and Succeeding in Racist Spaces

This training is administered via caucus-based format that is specifically designed for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) participants. We asked that this equity-driven, culturally responsive approach is honored and respected by our White colleagues, communities, friends, and peers. 

Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) are subjected to racism on a daily basis, simply because of the color of their skin. This training is design specifically to meet the unique needs of people identifying as BIPOC. The intent of this training is to encourage and support BIPOC with acknowledging and affirming the exhaustive, and harmful effects of RBT on our overall well-being. We will employ culturally responsive and preventative measures for coping with and healing from RBT and integrating culturally relevant strategies for being successful in White spaces. 

The trainings will be facilitated by Dr. Sharon Knight. 

We encourage participants to attend all three sessions: 

Part 1: Race-Based Trauma and the Connection to Internalized Oppression — November 30th: 9:00am – 12:00pm  

Part 2: Recuperating from Internalized Oppression and Race-Based Trauma — December 1:  9:00am – 12:00pm 

Part 3: Interrupting the Intergenerational Cycle of Cultural Suicide — December 2: 9:00am – 12:00pm

The RSVP link will be provided here, 2 months prior to the first session.

Additional Workshop Information 

  • Please let us know as soon as possible if you need to cancel your registration as we will offer the spot to someone else. 
  • The trainings have STAR Credits available, please provide your STARS ID number upon registration (if applicable). 
  • We are committed to making our workshops accessible to all. Please let us know if you require interpreting services or other ADA/Section 504 accommodations by contacting us at 
  • For questions about registration, please email For any other questions, please contact Ebasa Sarka ( and Reginald B. Cole ( Thank you! 

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