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.
We are so excited to share our 2018 Annual Report which is now in a beautiful, digital format! With meaningful stories from our partners, be sure to check it out!
South End Stories engages students, teachers, and families in conversations about identity, history, and the healing power of art.
Walk Away City Collaborative’s program Middle School University introduces young people to professionals in fields such as photography, videography, environmental science, and music production.
We are proud to announce new awards to create opportunities and provide community-based resources that help dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline and expand pathways from school to life success for young people who face systemic and institutional racism within our criminal legal system, schools, and communities. The combined $4.48 million in funding will expand supports that…
The new Communities County website includes improved search functionality, streamlined navigation, highlights of updated and relevant content, redesigned indicator pages, and new graphics and icons.
Parenting is hard work, and it is our hope that learning about your experiences as a parent, child’s health, family strengths, and community supports will help Best Starts for Kids build on strengths and meet needs for families across King County.
With many area schools adjourning for the summer this week, King County is funding youth programs across the region through the Best Starts for Kids initiative. From camps, art studios, apprenticeship programs, and more, see what’s available for kids and youth thanks to support from Best Starts.
Whether they work at a center, are based at home, are informal caregivers, or are in a preschool classroom, King County’s child care providers are dedicated to the healthy development and school readiness of all the children in their care. The Child Care Health Consultation program offers free consultation with public health nurses and other specialists in health education and child development. In 2018, more than 500 child care providers and caregivers participated. Learn more about this amazing strength-based resource.
On a regular Sunday evening last March, something remarkable happened: Michael Joy made plans with a friend. It’s the kind of thing most teens do: while playing a board game, they exchanged phone numbers and made plans to play a video game together. For Michael Joy, it was a big moment: “That hasn’t happened in…