New investments from Best Starts for Kids build healthier, safer schools & neighborhoods

Today King County Executive Dow Constantine joined partners from schools and community-based organizations at Seattle Children’s PlayGarden to announce new investments from Best Starts for Kids that will build healthier, safer schools and neighborhoods. The announcement included $2 million to set up the three new school-based health centers, and $1.7 million in funding to 17 organizations who will partner…

Seeking school partners to expand middle school mental health support – responses due June 14

1 in 5 children between 9 and 17 needs mental health support, but less than a third of these children receive it. That’s why Best Starts is expanding school-based mental health support to more middle schools in King County. Up to $10,000 is available per participating middle school to create a plan to bring mental health support to middle schools.

Applications Open for Trauma-Informed Schools and Restorative Practices in the School Environment – Due June 26

Last week, we highlighted school staff working to bring brain science and trauma-informed practices to their schools, posing the question, “If you could re-invent school, what would you do?” The Request for Proposals to support a range of existing and new efforts to support trauma-informed and restorative practices in the school environment is now available here.…

If you could re-invent school, what would you do?

Next week, Best Starts for Kids will release a funding opportunity to support a range of existing and new efforts to support trauma-informed and restorative practices in the school environment. Today, we take a deeper look at the science behind this approach and hear from two school staff working to bring it to their students.…

Taking time for a celebration!

With an official signing of the legislation and a sparkling cider toast to the future of our children, King County Executive Dow Constantine joined members of the community, Children and Youth Advisory Board members, King County Council Chair Joe McDermott and King County Councilmembers Larry Gossett, Jeanne Kohl-Welles and Rod Dembowski in the celebration of…