Expanding services at school-based health centers to meet student needs

Best Starts for Kids is partnering to expand services at 15 existing school-based health centers to meet emerging needs for mental health care, substance use prevention, and health care services. We’re thrilled to announce new awards to 7 community-based service providers to make medical staff more available to students, coordinate care with school staff and parents, and add needed services like substance use screening and treatment.

Best Starts Partners with UW for Improved Adolescent Immunization Outcomes

Best Starts for Kids is excited to announce our partnership with the University of Washington School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology and the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice. As the awardee of the Best Starts Adolescent Immunization Learning Collaborative RFP, the University of Washington will work with the Public Health Seattle & King County Immunization Program to establish a learning collaborative aimed at increasing vaccination coverage rates for adolescents and teens, protecting them and others from serious infectious diseases. The project will seek to identify and address disparities in coverage while promoting the overall uptake in King County youth vaccination rates.

School’s out, but learning is still in: Best Starts partnering with School’s Out Washington

This school year may be winding down, but our efforts to give children and young people the opportunities they need to be happy, healthy, and thriving are just getting started. We’re proud to announce our partnership with School’s Out Washington (SOWA)  to create more opportunities for children and young people to flourish outside of the school day.

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…

Applications Open for Trauma-Informed Schools and Restorative Practices in the School Environment – Due June 26

Looking for the addendum with answers to questions about this funding opportunity? Find it here. 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…

If you could re-invent school, what would you do?

“If you could re-invent school, what would you do?” That’s the question staff ask students at Seattle Public Schools’ Interagency Academy. The answer is surprising in its simplicity. “Almost to a person,” says Marcus Harden, a Student Family Advocate at Interagency, “students say they would make school a place where everybody knows you and everybody…