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.

Meet the Communities of Opportunity Executive Director

Communities of Opportunity is so fortunate to welcome Andréa Akita as its first Executive Director. Andréa has more than 20 years of experience working with Seattle communities to develop affordable housing, increase access to human services and influence policy that improves health and increases social equity. Her community development, public sector and nonprofit work has…

Welcoming Communications Specialists to the BSK Team!

We are thrilled to welcome Erin Murphy and Hannah Johnson to the Best Starts for Kids Team. Erin and Hannah will be leading communications for the initiative and will be working closely with our new team of Best Starts project managers. Erin’s background as a nonprofit professional and independent consultant is rooted in strategic communications,…