Announcing 22 Community-Based Parenting Supports Awardees 

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 
  • FamilyWorks 
  • 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) 
  • 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:  

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