Developmental Screening for All: Building an Equitable System for Developmental Screening, Referral, and Connection

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.

Developmental Screening for All: Leading with Equity

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!

Language Community Liaisons: A Pilot Project

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!

Data Now Available from BSK Kids Health Survey

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!

Best Starts for Kids Health Survey Recognized with National Equity Award

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.

Equity is fundamental to the community we want to build

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…