We're Hiring! Home-Based Services Manager

Best Starts for Kids is seeking a Home-Based Services Manager. This position will lead program implementation and ongoing improvement for investments in the following areas: Parent-Child +, Evidence-Based and Evidence-Informed Home Visiting, and Community-Designed Home-Based Programs & Practice. Applications are due 12/20.

Partner Highlight: Eastside Pathways and NISO

Meet our partners Eastside Pathways and NISO! With support from our Innovation Fund, a community-designed model called Promotores engages families and early learning providers to address the opportunity gap in kindergarten readiness and third grade reading levels in East King County. Learn more about this exciting collaboration to support Latinx neighbors.

Best Starts Capacity Building: Meet Our Support Team!

The Capacity Building RFQ invited proposals from skilled capacity building organizations and individuals to form a team and partner with Best Starts for Kids leadership to provide effective and efficient capacity building services to BSK grantees. Eight capacity building individuals and teams were awarded to help support all Best Starts awardees on their journey to sustainability. Matched with 90 Best Starts partners who requested support we are excited to share more about this work.

Best Starts Capacity Building: Data and Evaluation

Best Starts for Kids is investing in a number of capacity building efforts. This is a series to explain what we mean by capacity building and why we think it is so important. You can find all earlier blog posts in the series linked at the end of this post. Today we discuss the importance of…

Partner Spotlight: India Association of Western Washington

The India Association of Western Washington removes barriers, both small and large, for King County’s immigrant communities. With six sites across the county, the organization reaches almost 15,000 people a year. Learn more about their support for children and families thanks to Best Starts for Kids funding.

Best Starts Capacity Building: A Shared Process

We continue our capacity building series by sharing more about our Innovation partners. Each funded partner received capacity building support through a shared process of designing, developing, planning and implementing their innovative ideas for the very first time. Learn more.

Introducing our new Help Me Grow Advisor

We are excited to introduce Amy Pak as our new Strategic Advisor for Help Me Grow. Most recently Amy served as the founding Executive Director of Families of Color Seattle (FOCS) and brings 20 years experience creating high impact change in King County as a coalition builder and racial equity leader. Amy joins the Best Starts for Kids leadership team and will oversee the implementation of the Best Starts Help Me Grow framework strategic plan.

Positive Family Connections: RFP Save the Date!

Positive Family Connections is an upcoming funding opportunity. Aiming to fund programs and activities that support families with middle school and high school age youth as they navigate their changing relationships, Positive Family Connections seeks to strengthen the family, particularly the relationship between the young person and their parents/adult caregivers. RFP is opening soon!