Funding opportunity: WestEd accepting applications for the Facilitators and Trainers RFQ to support the IECMH strategy – apply by September 23! 

We are excited to share that through a partnership between Best Starts and WestEd the Facilitators and Trainers RFQ for the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) strategy is open! This funding opportunity closes on Friday, September 23 at 5 pm, please submit your application by then.   

Click here to view the full funding opportunity details and apply.   

About this opportunity:  

To make true change to be able to serve all children in King County, especially young children and families who have and continue to face barriers due to systemic racism, oppression, and marginalization, we must support the people that form this continuum and experience barriers as well.    

Best Starts is working with WestEd to build up equitable systems of care, so families, babies, children and young people thrive in their communities. As part of establishing a strong structure to support Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, we are deepening supports for providers through ongoing learning opportunities such as knowledge-building about IECMH, self-care, time in reflective spaces with peers and supervisors, and to learn how to strengthen their relationships with those they serve, and to build resilience against vicarious trauma.  

Learn more about our IECMH strategy by reading our one-pager.  


Infant mental health professionals, consultants, or community educators who have experience in knowledge building, facilitating multidisciplinary spaces, and engaging in deep learning with others, to provide virtual trainings/workshops and other learning opportunities to prenatal to 5 providers in King County are encouraged to apply. 


RFQ Issued   August 8, 2022   
Last day to Submit Questions September 16, 2022 
Applicant Responses Due September 23, 2022 by 5 pm 
Interviews/Vetting Throughout September, 2022   
Initial RFQ Notification of Qualification October 17, 2022 
Commence Work As training/facilitation needs arise  

Do you have any questions?  

Written questions or comments regarding this RFQ must be in writing and received no later than September 16, 2022. Questions should be emailed to Diana de la Lanza at All questions will be responded to via email.  

1. Check out our funding calendar  

This calendar shares upcoming funding opportunities staggered throughout the year. Subscribe to our blog and newsletter to the right of the calendar to receive notices whenever we post a new funding opportunity.    

2. Watch our latest recorded info sessions    

If you were unable to make it to the info session for an open funding opportunity, check out the recordings and slideshows here.   

3. Save the date for our next open house!   

Mark September 28, 2022, on your calendars for our next Best Starts virtual open house! More information about our sessions and how to register to come. 

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