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.

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.

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.…

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.

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…