Early Learnings From Trauma-Informed And Restorative Practices Investments

As part of the first phase of our investments in Trauma-Informed and Restorative Practices (TIRP) in the school environment, Best Starts awarded nearly 100 organizations in 14 school districts up to $10,000 for the 2017-2018 school year. In the two years since we made those awards, the TIRP village evolved to now include 30 partners doing more intensive work to confront systemic and racial trauma in our schools. As we expand our partnership, it’s important to also look back to our roots to reflect and learn, so we took the time to analyze the final reports submitted by our initial awardees who received up to $10k.

Developmental Screening for All: Workforce Development

This is the fourth and final post in our blog series “Developmental Screening for All.” For the past year, Best Starts for Kids has been gathering feedback from community members and partners to better understand the successes, gaps and disparities related to developmental screening, referral and connection to services in King County. We are so excited to now share back what we heard in a week long series. Whether you are simply curious to know what developmental screening is or contributed to our information gathering, we want to share our findings with you in a transparent way to help lay the groundwork for our way forward. Today we look at the importance of workforce development.

Developmental Screening for All: Building an Equitable System for Developmental Screening, Referral, and Connection

This is the third post in our blog series “Developmental Screening for All.” For the past year, Best Starts for Kids has been gathering feedback from community members and partners to better understand the successes, gaps and disparities related to developmental screening, referral and connection to services in King County. We are so excited to now share back what we heard in a week long series. Whether you are simply curious to know what developmental screening is or contributed to our information gathering, we want to share our findings with you in a transparent way to help lay the groundwork for our way forward. Today we look at how we are building an equitable system to connect all the dots.

Developmental Screening for All: Leading with Equity

The second post in our “Developmental Screening for All” series looks at leading with equity. Best Starts heard from hundreds of parents, caregivers and service providers that work directly with families with young children. One of the things we heard loud and clear is the need for more investments in equitable screening, referral and service practices. Here is a personal story for why this matters!

Developmental Screening for All: A Strength-Based Approach

For the past year, Best Starts for Kids has been gathering feedback from community members and partners to better understand the successes, gaps and disparities related to developmental screening, referral and connection to services in King County. We are so excited to now share back what we heard in a week long series. Whether you are simply curious to know what developmental screening is or contributed to our information gathering, we want to share our findings with you in a transparent way to help lay the groundwork for our way forward. Today we kick off the series by looking at our strength-based approach.

Partner Highlight: Look, Listen and Learn

Meet Auntie Lena and Possum. They are the stars of our own local, early learning television show called Look, Listen and Learn (LLL). Best Starts for Kids is very excited to support Look, Listen and Learn as part of our Innovation strategy. Learn more about their amazing and fun work!