Improving Family Outcomes by Meeting Basic Needs

Since 2018, Best Starts for Kids has supported WestSide Baby and Eastside Baby Corner to provide basic resources to King County families. In just the first six months of 2019, these two organizations worked with 115 partner agencies to distribute resources to 6,867 households and nearly 14,000 children. Learn more about how our investments in Basic Needs are making an impact.

Announcing New Early Supports for Infants and Toddlers Awards

We are excited to announce new awards that will help children reach developmental milestones in their own way and at their own pace. Early Supports for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT) provides early intervention services for children birth to age three and their families. The ESIT program is required to serve all eligible children and Best Starts funding allows for growth and the opportunity to support more children and families. Congratulations to our ESIT partners!

New in 2020, more data and evaluation support!

Our vision is that our partners can use data and evaluation in the ways they want, to strengthen their organizations, improve their services, and communicate their impact. Now it’s a new year and we’re excited to announce new resources to support our partners in continuing to grow data and evaluation skills! From workshops to consultation, learn how you can access data support as a Best Starts funded partner.

We're Hiring! Prenatal to Five Program Manager II

Our team is seeking a Prenatal-to-Five Program Manager 2 to support the Best Starts for Kids’ Prenatal-to-Five team in the Community Health Services (CHS) Division of Public Health–Seattle & King County. Applications are due by 1/13.

Partner Highlight: Urban Native Education Alliance

Despite attempted erasure, Native peoples proudly claim their place and cultural identity. Best Starts’ funding supported Clear Sky, UNEA’s youth empowerment program and their critical work to have Licton Springs designated as the first landmark site honoring the indigenous people of the Seattle area. Learn more!

Best Starts Capacity Building: Interview with RVC

As part of our capacity building blog series, we sat down with April Nishimura from RVC, one our capacity-building support providers partnering with community based organizations within our prenatal-to-age-five strategies. April graciously shares her organization’s unique approach to capacity building and learnings from their partnership with Best Starts for Kids.

A Plan for Universal Developmental Screening

Following an extensive, community-guided process, we now have a plan for universal developmental screening in King County! We are excited to share our four primary goals to ensure that every child and family in King County has access to appropriate developmental screening so that all families get the right supports.

We're Hiring! Home-Based Services Manager

Best Starts for Kids is seeking a Home-Based Services Manager. This position will lead program implementation and ongoing improvement for investments in the following areas: Parent-Child +, Evidence-Based and Evidence-Informed Home Visiting, and Community-Designed Home-Based Programs & Practice. Applications are due 12/20.

Partner Highlight: Eastside Pathways and NISO

Meet our partners Eastside Pathways and NISO! With support from our Innovation Fund, a community-designed model called Promotores engages families and early learning providers to address the opportunity gap in kindergarten readiness and third grade reading levels in East King County. Learn more about this exciting collaboration to support Latinx neighbors.

Best Starts Capacity Building: Meet Our Support Team!

The Capacity Building RFQ invited proposals from skilled capacity building organizations and individuals to form a team and partner with Best Starts for Kids leadership to provide effective and efficient capacity building services to BSK grantees. Eight capacity building individuals and teams were awarded to help support all Best Starts awardees on their journey to sustainability. Matched with 90 Best Starts partners who requested support we are excited to share more about this work.