Best Starts for Kids is investing in a number of capacity building efforts. This is a series to share what we mean by capacity building and why we think it is so important. Today we talk about our overall approach to capacity building.
This is the third post in our blog series “Developmental Screening for All.” For the past year, Best Starts for Kids has been gathering feedback from community members and partners to better understand the successes, gaps and disparities related to developmental screening, referral and connection to services in King County. We are so excited to now share back what we heard in a week long series. Whether you are simply curious to know what developmental screening is or contributed to our information gathering, we want to share our findings with you in a transparent way to help lay the groundwork for our way forward. Today we look at how we are building an equitable system to connect all the dots.
The second post in our “Developmental Screening for All” series looks at leading with equity. Best Starts heard from hundreds of parents, caregivers and service providers that work directly with families with young children. One of the things we heard loud and clear is the need for more investments in equitable screening, referral and service practices. Here is a personal story for why this matters!
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!
Forty years of collective experience has shown that high-quality, community-based support during pregnancy, birth, and early parenting saves lives. The struggle for equity and the wellbeing of our children begins before birth. This is urgent and there is no time to waste.
This time last year, we were striving towards our vision of a Best Starts for Kids Health Survey as the first ever survey about the well-being, strengths, and needs of young children and their families in King County. Almost 6,000 families participated in the survey. Thanks to these families, we now have new and unique data that we will use to assess existing strengths and needs, plan interventions, and evaluate the BSK impact in the community. Read on to learn what data is currently available!
The groundbreaking new methods we used in the Best Starts Health Survey lead the nation in ensuring our data reflects the strengths and needs of all King County kids and families. A nation-wide panel of epidemiologists selected the Best Starts for Kids Health Survey for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) National Award for Outstanding Epidemiology Practice in Addressing Racial and Ethnic Disparities.
“Best Starts for Kids will seek to contribute to systemic and structural solutions as it continues to partner with communities to develop and implement programs that work for them.” – Excerpt from Best Starts Implementation Plan King County released the first Request for Proposal to provide homelessness prevention services under the Youth and Family Homelessness…
By Abigail Echo-Hawk and Barbara Langdon, Board Chairs of the Children and Youth Advisory Board Last month, the Best Starts for Kids plan was unanimously approved by the King County Council. As Board Chairs for the Children and Youth Advisory Board, we were proud to see that through the legislative review process, the resulting plan…