Announcing Evaluation Awardees 

We’re thrilled to announce four evaluation awardees who will collaborate with our Data & Evaluation Team and partners as we measure and evaluate our efforts, learn and innovate based on our experiences, and ensure the most effective use of public funds.

Bringing the Data Together

This is the fifth and final post in our month-long Community Owned Data series we are doing to highlight our learnings from the Best Starts for Kids Health Survey. We put it all together in this post including an in depth data visualization. If you are interested in the previous posts, we link to them all at the end of this post so make sure you make your way to the end! 

“This is just what young people in North Bend needed”: Celebrating the Trail Youth Coffee House

The Trail Youth Coffee House is open for business! One of 32 Best Starts for Kids Youth Development awardees, the Trail Youth built the coffee house in partnership with Best Starts for Kids to create a safe place for young people in the North Bend area to spend time, be themselves, and connect with supportive adults in the community. Thanks to a surprise feature on the show “Returning the Favor” and community participation, the space was remodeled in just two weeks! Best Starts staff were excited to join the Trail Youth in their Grand Opening Celebration earlier this week. This post is full of feel–good inspiration!

Learning from Listening

This is the third post in a month-long series we are doing to highlight our learnings from the Best Starts for Kids Health Survey. We brought the data to specific communities in the form of “data dives”, asked what they thought, and learned a lot from community input and data interpretation! In this post, we share more about what we heard and learned about these five important topics: Reading, Singing and Telling Stories to Children; Family Resilience; Parent/Caregiver Emotional Support; ACEs; and Thriving Children.

Standing for children and families

As a nation, we have confronted head-on a tragedy that transcends politics: our federal government’s decision to separate more than 2,000 children, including babies, from their parents at our southern border. Weeks after implementing this inhumane policy, the President signed an executive order today stating that newly-arrived families would not be separated “where appropriate and…

We’re Hiring an Evaluator!

Are you a data lover with evaluation experience? Consider joining our team! Best Starts is hiring a Project/Program Manager II Evaluator. Applications are due by Wednesday, June 20th so act fast if interested. 

2017 Year in Review

As we usher in 2018, join Best Starts as we take a moment to celebrate 2017 accomplishments. Together, we expanded programs that support healthy child development and family well-being. We gave our children and young people tools, opportunities, and safe places to grow in school and throughout their communities. We supported community-led solutions to achieve greater health, social, economic, and racial equity in our county. We are very grateful to all our community partners whose hard work made this all possible.