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…
Best Starts for Kids is hiring a Help Me Grow Strategic Advisor (Project/Program Manager IV) to serve as lead for developing and overseeing the implementation of the Best Starts for Kids Help Me Grow framework. Implementing Help Me Grow is the overarching strategy for organizing Best Starts for Kids investments for families and children prenatal to 5…
Best Starts for Kids is hiring a Youth Development Manager (Program Manager III). This position will provide project management to Best Starts for Kids implementation and lead the program development and implementation for the youth development strategies. Activities include executing grants and RFP cycles for youth development while building partnerships with grantees; building external and internal…
United Way King County administers Best Starts funding to support and expand the Parent-Child Home Program across King County. Here are two stories on the impact culturally relevant home visitors have had on two families.
We are thrilled to welcome Kimberly Walker to the Best Starts for Kids team as our 5-24 Policy and Program Manager, and to congratulate Megan McJennett and Marcy Miller on their new roles on our team. Meet Kimberly and learn more about changes on our team below!
Last year we had multiple funding opportunities for workforce development. These opportunities included the Prenatal to Five Workforce Collaborative RFP and the Training Provider and Systems Coordinator RFQ. We are excited to introduce you to our awardees and where we are now!
Best Starts is trying something new for King County. We are piloting a Language Community Liaison Project. The Language Community Liaisons help Best Starts strengthen connections to specific language communities, many of whom have been historically underserved or underrepresented in King County. Embracing a relationship focused approach, the liaisons act as a bridge between their communities and the County. Learn more!