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.

Vroom Community Connector RFP Now Open-Applications due July 3

The RFP for Vroom Community Connectors is now open. Applications are due July 3. This Vroom Community Connectors RFP is a pilot project that will inform Best Starts for Kids in moving forward with additional opportunities. Best Starts will contract with Somali and Latino/Latina/LatinX community-based organizations. As we build community engagement for our Help Me Grow framework, we will use Vroom to engage with families and learn together. Vroom is a nationwide initiative that empowers parents and caregivers to play a proactive role in their children’s early brain development. As part of Best Starts, King County is using the Help Me Grow national framework to inform the development of a coordinated system to get families the information they need and to coordinate all available services within King County.

Loud at the Library

“Loud at the Library” are collaborative events that take place at multiple libraries to foster community for moms and babies. A partnership between Nurse-Family Partnership, Vroom, Public Health–Seattle & King County, and Seattle Public Library, Loud at the Library events counter library stereotypes in fun, creative ways. Learn more and how it connects to Best Starts for Kids.

Now Accepting Applications for Community-Designed Programs & Practices for Home-Based Services-Due May 21

Best Starts is now accepting applications for community-designed programs and practices for prenatal to five home-based services. Home-Based Services are a type of relationship-based support provided to expecting parents, and parents of children birth to age 5, in the places where they live. This RFP prioritizes community-based expertise—such as experience, knowledge, and local client data—and seeks to invest in prenatal-to-5 home-based services that are specifically designed for a focus community. Applications are due May 21.