How we spent our summer stay-cation

This summer over 1,500 people stopped by the Best Starts for Kids booth at community events to talk, share ideas, pose in our photo booth, and build relationships! As summer comes to a close, we want to thank the kids, parents, and community members who joined us for the fun.

Mark your calendars! Best Starts Webinar Friday, May 12

We’ve visited 3 communities and have 4 more events scheduled on the Best Starts for Kids Road Show. Did you miss Best Starts in your community? Have more questions for Best Starts staff? Loved it so much you want to see it again? Join us for a short webinar presentation and online Q&A session with Best Starts … Continued

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.

Best Starts for Kids Wants to Visit Your Community

We have many exciting things in store for 2017–including the release of over a dozen RFPs. So we are heading out on the road and soon! We will be hosting a series of community conversations and are seeking other community engagement opportunities.

King County ready to implement groundbreaking initiative

Photo courtesy of the Somali Health Board and Childcare Resources Today marks an exciting milestone! King County Executive Dow Constantine’s plan to implement Best Starts for Kids was unanimously approved by the Metropolitan King County Council. A sincere thank you to the hundreds of community partners who added critical input for a plan that emphasizes … Continued

Communities of Opportunity connects Rainier Valley residents with tech careers

The Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) recently featured Communities of Opportunity’s  work to expand local hiring opportunities for communities of color. From the WTIA blog . . . “I (Dan Bernard) work for King County on the Communities of Opportunity (COO) Initiative, and a goal of the COO Initiative is to ensure all residents thrive economically. … Continued

Community-owned data is our truest form of accountability

By Nadine Chan, PhD, MPH Epidemiologist, Public Health – Seattle & King County At a recent Communities of Opportunity meeting, Sili Savusa—a neighborhood leader in White Center—proudly shared findings from a community-led health survey. It is in fact the most comprehensive health survey in the neighborhood and captures the concerns, assets, equity issues, and diversity within the … Continued

What we heard from community conversations

Over the past two months, we’ve had the opportunity to hear from hundreds of people that reflect the diversity of our King County region. Through a series of ten community conversations, we received feedback on the direction of the Best Starts for Kids implementation plan.

That input is incorporated into the implementation plan that Executive Constantine transmitted to King County Council on June 1, 2016.

Community involvement update – Feb. 11

Community involvement has been essential in every phase of the development of Best Starts for Kids. In the past few months, over 500 different stakeholders provided input into this phase of initial strategy development. Best Starts for Kids staff continue to synthesize input. Initial themes include: Focusing on reducing racial and cultural disparities while increasing … Continued