Announcing Community-Designed Home-Based Programs & Practices Awards

We’re thrilled to announce ten awardees for the prental-to-5 Community-Designed Home-Based Programs & Practices funding opportunity. With a total investment of $5,825,000 million over 2.5 years, these awards to community-based organizations will expand the availability of home-based services that draw upon local community knowledge and practice to develop approaches that are designed for and valued by specific communities, and/or addressing populations not well-served by other programs. Read on to meet our newest community partners!

Announcing Evaluation Awardees 

We’re thrilled to announce four evaluation awardees who will collaborate with our Data & Evaluation Team and partners as we measure and evaluate our efforts, learn and innovate based on our experiences, and ensure the most effective use of public funds.

Announcing Kaleidoscope Play & Learn Awards

We are very excited to announce 24 awardees to expand or establish new Kaleidoscope Play and Learn groups across King County. With a total investment of $1.7 million over three years, these awards to community-based organizations will support play groups that promote positive and healthy outcomes for young children and support parents and family, friend, and neighbor (FFN) caregivers.

New database to explore Best Starts for Kids awards

Interested to know where Best Starts is making investments? Curious how we may be impacting your local community? Check out our new awards database! Across King County, our partners are already making a difference in the lives of children, youth, and families. With so much of Best Starts funding awarded, and several funding opportunities on the way, we wanted to make it easy to see Best Starts for Kids awards all in one place. Check out our new awards database to view awards made and search for Best Starts partners.

Expanding mental health services in King County middle schools

We’re thrilled to announce that beginning this fall, middle school students in over 40 King County schools will have more access to mental health screening and services at their school. Best Starts for Kids will invest $12.6 million over three years to expand Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Services (SBIRT), a school-based tool to promote mental health and prevent substance use for middle school students.