Celebrating summer learning

As part of hundreds of Summer Learning Day celebrations across the country last week, we visited two sites where Southwest Youth and Family Services, Geeking Out Kids of Color, and Arts Corps are providing technology and arts education for youth at King County Housing Authority sites.

Announcing Community-Designed Home-Based Programs & Practices Awards

We’re thrilled to announce ten awardees for the prental-to-5 Community-Designed Home-Based Programs & Practices funding opportunity. With a total investment of $5,825,000 million over 2.5 years, these awards to community-based organizations will expand the availability of home-based services that draw upon local community knowledge and practice to develop approaches that are designed for and valued by specific communities, and/or addressing populations not well-served by other programs. Read on to meet our newest community partners!

We’re hiring! Prenatal to Five Innovations Lead

Are you passionate about early childhood development and building capacity in community-based organizations? Consider joining our team! Best Starts for Kids is hiring a Prenatal to Five Innovations Lead. The Innovations Lead is responsible for planning and implementing the Innovations strategy,  which supports new and different approaches to serve young children and their families. This…

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.

Announcing Kaleidoscope Play & Learn Awards

We are very excited to announce 24 awardees to expand or establish new Kaleidoscope Play and Learn groups across King County. With a total investment of $1.7 million over three years, these awards to community-based organizations will support play groups that promote positive and healthy outcomes for young children and support parents and family, friend, and neighbor (FFN) caregivers.

Announcing trauma-informed and restorative practices in the school environment awards

We’re thrilled to announce 32 awardees to expand trauma-informed and restorative practices in schools throughout King County. With a total investment of $19.5 million over three years, these awards to schools, school districts, and community-based organizations will provide school-based programs and opportunities that promote healing and create a school culture and climate that honors the…

New database to explore Best Starts for Kids awards

Interested to know where Best Starts is making investments? Curious how we may be impacting your local community? Check out our new awards database! Across King County, our partners are already making a difference in the lives of children, youth, and families. With so much of Best Starts funding awarded, and several funding opportunities on the way, we wanted to make it easy to see Best Starts for Kids awards all in one place. Check out our new awards database to view awards made and search for Best Starts partners.

We’re hiring! Two Prenatal to 5 jobs open

Best Starts for Kids is hiring two positions to join our Prenatal to 5 team. Both positions sit within the Developmental Disabilities Division in the Department of Community and Human Services and will be part of the Best Starts for Kids implementation effort working in alignment with staff from DCHS and Public Health – Seattle & King…