Back to school with Best Starts: School supplies for the whole child

As parents look for last minute supplies and students pack up their backpacks to head back to school this week, we’re thinking about what educators, school staff, students, and families will be bringing to school this year as we work together to make sure school is safe, supportive, respectful, and engaging for everyone. In honor of the start of the school year, we created a Best Starts for Kids back to school packing list.

Expanding services at school-based health centers to meet student needs

Best Starts for Kids is partnering to expand services at 15 existing school-based health centers to meet emerging needs for mental health care, substance use prevention, and health care services. We’re thrilled to announce new awards to 7 community-based service providers to make medical staff more available to students, coordinate care with school staff and parents, and add needed services like substance use screening and treatment.

New investments from Best Starts for Kids build healthier, safer schools & neighborhoods

Today King County Executive Dow Constantine joined partners from schools and community-based organizations at Seattle Children’s PlayGarden to announce new investments from Best Starts for Kids that will build healthier, safer schools and neighborhoods. The announcement included $2 million to set up the three new school-based health centers, and $1.7 million in funding to 17 organizations who will partner…

If kids aren’t healthy, kids can’t learn

Last week, we announced a funding opportunity through Best Starts to create three new school-based health centers in our region.  School-based health centers are a powerful tool to improve academic achievement and decrease health inequities. As Jonathan Martin points out in his opinion piece, For a school system looking for better outcomes, the return-on-investment for mental-health care…