Applications Open for Youth Development – Due August 10th

The Request for Proposals to support Youth Development activities is now open. This funding opportunity will support organizations for up to three years, focusing on mentoring, youth leadership and engagement opportunities, positive identity development, and healthy relationships. Applications are due August 10th. Read on to learn more.

Data Now Available from BSK Kids Health Survey

This time last year, we were striving towards our vision of a Best Starts for Kids Health Survey as the first ever survey about the well-being, strengths, and needs of young children and their families in King County. Almost 6,000 families participated in the survey. Thanks to these families, we now have new and unique data that we will use to assess existing strengths and needs, plan interventions, and evaluate the BSK impact in the community. Read on to learn what data is currently available!

Spread the Word! Communities of Opportunity is Hiring

Communities of Opportunity is hiring two project/program managers to join the team. We are looking for team players who can implement our vision of enhancing community leadership, investing in community-led solutions, and advocating for institutional, systems and policy change so that all people thrive and prosper, regardless of race or place. If you enjoy working…

BSK Leadership in the News: Trise Moore

The Children and Youth Advisory Board provides oversight for Best Starts for Kids. Comprised of King County residents and stakeholders with geographically and culturally diverse perspectives, board members make recommendations and monitor distribution of levy proceeds. Executive Constantine appointed 35 experts, researchers, and community leaders to the Children and Youth Advisory Board (CYAB), and the King…

BSK Core Team Complete with New Trauma-Informed Advisor

Welcome to Sarah Wilhem as our new Best Starts for Kids Strategic Advisor for Trauma Informed Systems! The title is a mouthful but in a nutshell–Sarah’s role is to provide a trauma-informed perspective and lens that will influence all BSK strategies. With Sarah joining the BSK team, our core staff team is complete! The core BSK team is now 10 staff strong, but many more supporting positions will be popping up, so stay tuned for job postings.

Best Starts for Kids’ Road Show

We are now excited to share our road show calendar! Each 1.5 hour community meeting will be focused on Best Starts for Kids’ information with numerous BSK staff present. You can expect a short presentation followed by breakout sessions with BSK staff. You’ll have an opportunity to learn more about the RFP process, data, evaluation and community partnerships. Please read on for locations and times.

New model helps students find their strengths to succeed

On any given day, there may be many reasons why students at Chief Kanim and Twin Falls Middle School spend half an hour with Melinda Johnson. Some may see Johnson for the first time to talk about why they’ve received a number of unexcused absences; others may be following up on progress toward goals they’ve…

What If Love Was at the Center?

Megan McJennett is the Best Starts for Kids’ 5-24 Policy and Program Manager. She has worked over her 20 year career with children of all ages and their families. Megan recently attended the Ready by 21 Conference along with a few other BSK staff. She shares her conference take aways here.