Funding opportunity Deadline EXTENDED: WestEd accepting applications for the Workforce Development Communities of Practice RFP – Apply by July 27!   

The application deadline for this funding opportunity is being extended to Thursday, July 27 at 5 p.m. Review all updated dates in the timeline below.

We are excited to share that through a partnership between Best Starts and WestEd the Workforce Development Communities of Practice request for proposals (RFP) is now open! This funding opportunity closes on Thursday, July 27 at 5 p.m., please submit your application by then. 

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

About this opportunity:

At Best Starts, we want babies and young children to grow up happy, healthy and safe. We offer support to the prenatal to five workforce through continuous learning and improvement, so that they in turn can support the children and families in their care.   

Our Workforce Development (WFD) strategy, provides training, technical assistance, and peer learning opportunities to build the knowledge and skills of early childhood practitioners and to promote shared community healing.   

This RFP is seeking qualified organizations to participate in Communities of Practice: 

Communities of Practice (CoP): A space for King County’s prenatal to five providers to co-determine needs and engage in deeper-learning on specific, self-identified topics.  

This is an opportunity to have customizable workshops for your organization.  


This funding opportunity is open to individuals, private agencies, nonprofit organizations, for-profit organizations, community-based organizations, tribes and tribal organizations, schools and school districts, and public or governmental agencies serving communities in King County. Small nonprofits and community-based organizations are encouraged to submit proposals.   

View our information session recording:

We strongly encourage anyone interested in applying to view our information session recording to learn more. Click here to view the recording.

Learn more about this funding opportunity within the full RFP Document here


RFP Issued June 8, 2023 
Information Session June 20, 2023, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. 
Final Day To Request for Technical Assistance July 21, 2023 
Final Day to Submit Questions July 24, 2023 
RFP Application Due July 27, 2023 
Applications Reviewed August 25, 2023 
Notification of Selected and Non-Selected Applicants September 15, 2023 
Contract Anticipated Start Date October 2023 onwards 

Do you have any questions?

If you have any questions about this funding opportunity, you can submit a question by Monday, July 24, 2023 to Diana de la Lanza at All questions will be responded to via email. 

If potential proposers experience technical difficulties leading up to the due date, please email your proposal to to avoid a late submission. 

Would you like support? Access Best Starts technical assistance!

Free application support is available for organizations interested in applying for this Best Starts funding opportunity! Best Starts partnered consultants can support by: helping to determine appropriate fit between your work and this funding opportunity, providing guidance on how best to answer application questions, supporting your application development (including editing and reviewing), and supporting you in explaining your qualifications in the most clear and concise way.    

If you are interested in partnering with a technical assistance consultant, learn more here

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. Keep an eye out for our next open house!      

Keep an eye out for our next Best Starts virtual open house! View the recordings from the latest open house on March 1, 2023.   

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