New “Public Charge” rule threatens the health of our communities

Best Starts for Kids is implemented by Public Health – Seattle & King County and the Department of Community & Human Services. These departments recognize the hardship the new public charge rule poses to many of our community partners, especially as it went into effect earlier this week. We support the following statement and want to share the following information resources in the blog.

We’re Hiring a Training Lead for Prenatal-Five Workforce Development!

Best Starts for Kids is seeking a Prenatal-Five Workforce Development Training Resource Lead who will work closely with the Prenatal-Five Workforce Development Lead and other team members to co-plan and implement the Workforce Development strategy within Best Starts for Kids. Applications are due by 3/3!

Now Accepting Applications for Expanding Help Me Grow King County: Partnerships to Support Families with Young Children

The Expanding Help Me Grow King County: Partnerships to Support Families with Young Children funding opportunity is now open. This request for proposals (RFP) seeks to expand solutions developed by community organizations in partnership with families and fully integrate those into the fabric of King County’s social and health services to make sure families have access to supports in their language that reflect their culture. Applications are due by 3/31!

Partner Highlight: Zeno Math

Meet our partner, Zeno Math! Zeno co-designs math education programs with the people that will use them, building relationships with families, kids and educators that open the door to a lifetime of limitless possibilities. With support from our Best Starts Innovation Fund, Zeno is developing a full educational package in Oromo, with the community’s guidance. Learn more about their partnership model and how they make math fun!

We’re Hiring! Data Project/Program Manager

Communities Count is seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated Project/Program Manager II who will support community-based organizations and community members to effectively use data in their work towards achieving equity. This includes supporting Best Starts partners! Applications due by 2/18.

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!