As part of the first phase of our investments in Trauma-Informed and Restorative Practices (TIRP) in the school environment, Best Starts awarded nearly 100 organizations in 14 school districts up to $10,000 for the 2017-2018 school year. In the two years since we made those awards, the TIRP village evolved to now include 30 partners doing more intensive work to confront systemic and racial trauma in our schools. As we expand our partnership, it’s important to also look back to our roots to reflect and learn, so we took the time to analyze the final reports submitted by our initial awardees who received up to $10k.
South End Stories engages students, teachers, and families in conversations about identity, history, and the healing power of art.
In November, two students in our partner Inspirational Workshops’ Trailblazers program presented the first ever student-led professional development workshop in the Seattle School District.
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.
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.
Schools have a lot of jobs. In addition to education, schools are tasked with helping children, young people, and families navigate challenges in their lives and connect to the resources they need to succeed. That’s why schools and the organizations that support them are critical partners in accomplishing Best Starts for Kids’ vision. On Tuesday,…
We’re thrilled to announce that beginning this fall, middle school students in over 40 King County schools will have more access to mental health screening and services at their school. Best Starts for Kids will invest $12.6 million over three years to expand Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Services (SBIRT), a school-based tool to promote mental health and prevent substance use for middle school students.