Parenting is hard work, and it is our hope that learning about your experiences as a parent, child’s health, family strengths, and community supports will help Best Starts for Kids build on strengths and meet needs for families across King County.
With many area schools adjourning for the summer this week, King County is funding youth programs across the region through the Best Starts for Kids initiative. From camps, art studios, apprenticeship programs, and more, see what’s available for kids and youth thanks to support from Best Starts.
Whether they work at a center, are based at home, are informal caregivers, or are in a preschool classroom, King County’s child care providers are dedicated to the healthy development and school readiness of all the children in their care. The Child Care Health Consultation program offers free consultation with public health nurses and other specialists in health education and child development. In 2018, more than 500 child care providers and caregivers participated. Learn more about this amazing strength-based resource.
United Way King County administers Best Starts funding to support and expand the Parent-Child Home Program across King County. Here are two stories on the impact culturally relevant home visitors have had on two families.
As families begin to look for summer programs and sign their kids up, we asked our partner Seattle Children’s PlayGarden to share a few simple tips for making enrollment inclusive for families that include a child with a disability.
King County is now an official Help Me Grow member! Why is this exciting? Help Me Grow is a national model. Now that King County is an approved member, we can move forward working with communities and families to build Help Me Grow in King County so that families can access the support they need, when, how and where they need it. When communities, families and caregivers build Help Me Grow, they can make it work best for them. Read on to meet the people behind Help Me Grow and learn more.
Jennifer and her daughter Connie enrolled in the Parent-Child Home Program–a program supported by Best Starts for Kids. Learn how they benefited. So much so that Jennifer has gone on to work for Parent-Child Home Program as a home visitor!
We partnered with Seattle Children’s PlayGarden to apply their expertise to help organizations throughout King County understand disability and feel empowered to say “yes!” to kids with disabilities.
The Best Starts for Kids Implementation Manager is a new position that will provide high-level project and program management to Best Starts’ implementation activities. Applications close January 2, 2019!
While a child’s brain is still developing, simple everyday interactions can serve as important tools to nurture a growing mind. Check out these easy crafts that you and your children can do together during Winter break!