The India Association of Western Washington removes barriers, both small and large, for King County’s immigrant communities. With six sites across the county, the organization reaches almost 15,000 people a year. Learn more about their support for children and families thanks to Best Starts for Kids funding.
Meet Auntie Lena and Possum. They are the stars of our own local, early learning television show called Look, Listen and Learn (LLL). Best Starts for Kids is very excited to support Look, Listen and Learn as part of our Innovation strategy. Learn more about their amazing and fun work!
Woodland Park Zoo staff reached out Best Starts for Kids and Vroom staff to collaborate on a learning event for Latinx families. Learn how this partnership resulted in fun bilingual story time and hands on learning!
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.
Over the past two decades, a growing body of epidemiological research has shown us just how common experiences of trauma and adversity in childhood are, as well as the staggering impact they can have on lifelong health and well-being. With evidence of these impacts now well-established, we often ask, “But what can we do about it?” Best Starts for Kids hopes to be part of the answer to that question.
Interested to know where Best Starts is making investments? Curious how we may be impacting your local community? Check out our new awards database! Across King County, our partners are already making a difference in the lives of children, youth, and families. With so much of Best Starts funding awarded, and several funding opportunities on the way, we wanted to make it easy to see Best Starts for Kids awards all in one place. Check out our new awards database to view awards made and search for Best Starts partners.
Best Starts is partnering with School’s Out Washington (SOWA) to ensure that high-quality afterschool and summer programs are available so that all King County children and young people have the learning opportunities they deserve to thrive. SOWA is now accepting proposals from out of school time programs to provide services to children and youth afterschool and…
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.
Best Starts for Kids today launched two new initiatives that will help schools and their partners better address the impacts of trauma, and promote resilience so that children and youth can bounce back after experiencing adversity. The combined $1.46 million in funding will provide 98 partners in 14 school districts with tools and training to…
Best Starts for Kids and United Way of King County are excited to announce a new partnership that will support capacity in communities and expand services to more children and families. Heaven, who is three years old, works on a puzzle with her dad, Wesley. As they play with the puzzle, Wesley actively asks…