At Best Starts, we know that families’ lived experiences, culture, and language play an important role in developing trust and community connection. Our Community-Based Parenting Supports (CBPS) strategy partners with community-centered, peer-based providers to support parents and caregivers so that babies are born healthy and young children establish a happy, healthy and safe foundation. CBPS partners’ offer concrete support, encourage nurturing relationships, and increase caregiver knowledge of child development and social-emotional well-being: increasing the likelihood that all children and families have the best start.
Learn more about our CBPS strategy by reading our one-pager.
We’re excited to announce the 22 awardees for our Community-Based Parenting Supports: Caregiver Peer Supports and Basic Needs Resource Brokers request for proposals (RFP)!
Basic Needs Resources Brokering
- Babies of Homelessness
- Eastside Baby Corner
- WestSide Baby
Kaleidoscope Play and Learn
- A 4 Apple Learning Center
- Center for Human Services
- Children’s Therapy Center
- Chinese Information and Service Center
- El Centro de la Raza
- Empowering Youth & Families Outreach
- Encompass Northwest
- Horn of Africa Services
- Para Los Ninos
Parent-Caregiver Information and Supports
- API Chaya
- Divine Alternatives for Dads Services (DADS)
- Families of Color Seattle
- Indian American Community Services (IACS)
- JSOL STUDIOS LLC
- Korean Community Service Center
- Mother Africa
- Resilient In Sustaining Empowerment
- St. Vincent de Paul of Seattle/King County
A look at the work ahead
Our new CBPS partners will provide a wide array of community-centered, peer-based supports to caregivers in King County:
- Basic Needs Resources Brokering (BNRB): Provides bulk purchased necessities required by young children and their families to community-based organizations for distribution as needed. These items 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 model: 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): Provides King County caregivers with educational group activities that encourage nurturing relationships and increase caregiver knowledge of child development and social emotional well-being.
Read about the 22 awarded organizations and the work they’re doing in their own words: