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…

Seeking school partners to expand middle school mental health support – responses due June 14

1 in 5 children between 9 and 17 needs mental health support, but less than a third of these children receive it. That’s why Best Starts is expanding school-based mental health support to more middle schools in King County. Up to $10,000 is available per participating middle school to create a plan to bring mental health support to middle schools.

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…