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.

Now accepting applications for Trauma-Informed and Restorative Practices – Due April 9

Updated March 23: Please note that the addendum providing written answers to questions posed in the webinar, information session, and/or via email is available here. The request for proposals to fund trauma-informed and restorative practices (TIRP) in the school environment is now available here. Best Starts for Kids’ trauma-informed and restorative practices work is grounded in…

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.

Applications Open for Trauma-Informed Schools and Restorative Practices in the School Environment – Due June 26

Looking for the addendum with answers to questions about this funding opportunity? Find it here. Last week, we highlighted school staff working to bring brain science and trauma-informed practices to their schools, posing the question, “If you could re-invent school, what would you do?” The Request for Proposals to support a range of existing and new…

If you could re-invent school, what would you do?

“If you could re-invent school, what would you do?” That’s the question staff ask students at Seattle Public Schools’ Interagency Academy. The answer is surprising in its simplicity. “Almost to a person,” says Marcus Harden, a Student Family Advocate at Interagency, “students say they would make school a place where everybody knows you and everybody…