New Community of Practice series for Prenatal to Five providers in King County  

Best Starts Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) strategy works to strengthen the social-emotional development of young children ages 0-5 and the ability of providers and caregivers to support children in forming close relationships. Our IECMH team is excited to announce a new Community of Practice series beginning in January 2024 for prenatal to five providers in King County.  

Dance Like Nobody’s Watching: stories and learnings from moms and babies seeking synchronous rhythms 

The application deadline is December 15, 2023.  

Storytelling is a form of reflecting, sharing knowledge and learning on relationships and a way to preserve them all while planning for continued growth. Join Elizabeth and Diana as they share personal and professional stories retelling the idealistic visions of themselves as mothers and as family supports in their respective roles in the community in contrast with the realities life may present. 

Join a collaboration of learning, sharing the joys and challenges in pregnancy, births, lactation, and the first few months after the birth within the contrast of unexpected realities of these phases. In addition to building relationships with other King County prenatal to five providers, this Community of Practice will help you develop and hone tools for you to incorporate into your work: 

  • Reflective practice 
  • Relational support 
  • Skills for identifying family’s strengths and protective factors 
  • Trust building and cultural honoring 
  • Rich understanding of infant growth and developmental stages 

This community conversation will focus on the development of the caregiver-baby relationship and their steps as new dance partners while each develops their rhythms with the hope of composing a synchronous exchange. All while the music of life plays along with the noise and tunes from community, family, and friends as potential interference. 

Meeting dates/times 

All meetings will be from January to April 2024, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm.  

  • January 17, 31 
  • February 14, 28 
  • March 13 
  • April 3, 17 
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