Best Starts for Kids is seeking community members to join a panel to help identify partners for our Caregiver Peer Supports and Basic Needs Resource Brokering RFP (Request for Proposal). These panel members will work together to review proposals, offer feedback, participate in meetings, and make funding recommendations for which partners Best Starts should work with.
If you live, work, or play in King County we encourage you to join this panel. If you are a provider (i.e. a home visitor, family resource navigator, etc.), a caregiver, a young person, we encourage you to join.
The RFP falls under our Community-Based Parenting Supports (CBPS) strategy and provides community-centered, peer-based services to strengthen protective factors, mitigate risk, and increase health, safety, and social/emotional well-being of pregnant individuals, parents, and caregivers of children aged birth to five. Providers share King County families’ lived experiences, culture, and language, and provide supports in community spaces, including health care clinics, child care and early learning centers, religious institutions, and community centers. Learn more about the CBPS strategy by reading our one-pager!
Those who join the review panel should expect to work 15 to 20 hours between August 25 to September 30. BSK will provide panel members with a stipend of up to $500.
Important dates for panel members:
- RFP Launch Meeting: August 25 from 12 pm to 3 pm
- RFP Proposals Review (individual time): September 5 through September 19
- Kaleidoscope Play and Learn RFP Review Panel Meeting: September 21
- Parent-Caregiver Information and Supports RFP Review Panel Meeting: September 22
- Basic Needs Resource Brokering RFP Review Panel Meeting: September 23
This RFP is seeking partners to deliver support services in the following areas:
- Basic Needs Resources Brokering: Provide bulk purchased necessities required by young children and their families to community-based organizations for distribution. These include but aren’t limited to diapers, cribs, car seats, clothing, formula, and food.
- Kaleidoscope Play and Learn (KPL): Uses the Kaleidoscope Play and Learn module, a promising practice to bring families together to learn about early learning and healthy development while singing, reading, and playing together.
- Parent-Caregiver Information and Supports (PCIS): Provide King County caregivers with educational group activities that encourage nurturing relationships and increase caregiver knowledge of child development and social-emotional well-being
Please note: If you are affiliated with an organization applying for this RFP, you are unable to serve on this RFP panel.
Read more about the Caregiver Peer Supports and Basic Needs Resources Brokering RFP here!