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Information is organized into four areas:

  • Prenatal to 5 years: Babies are born healthy and are provided with a strong foundation for lifelong health and well-being.
  • 5 to 24 years: King County is a place where everyone has equitable opportunities to be safe and healthy as they progress through childhood, building academic and life skills to be thriving members of their communities.
  • Youth and family homelessness prevention
  • Communities of Opportunity

To ensure that BSK-funded activities contribute to desired population-level changes, BSK requests for proposals will ask organizations to be responsive to these indicators. Additional data resources and general population demographic data are available at Communities Count.

Note: We are still collecting and analyzing data for some of the indicators below. We will post the data as soon as they are available. Performance measures for programs funded by BSK will also be available here, starting in late 2017.

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Headline indicators for BSK result: All babies are born healthy and are provided with a strong foundation for lifelong health and wellbeing (prenatal to 5 years of age).  

Headline indicator

Data Source

Babies with healthy birth outcomes

  • Infant mortality (rate of deaths in the first year of life per 1,000 live births)
  • Preterm birth (percent of births born before 37 completed weeks gestation)

Washington State Department of Health, Center for Health Statistics1

Children who are ready for kindergarten

Percent of entering kindergartners that meet expectations at the start of kindergarten in all six domains of social-emotional, physical, language, cognitive, literacy and mathematics

Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, WaKIDS2

Lowering the rate of child abuse or neglect

Rate per 1,000 households with children under age 6 with child abuse or neglect reports that are investigated and assessed

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Children’s Administration3

Children who are flourishing and resilient

as described by curiosity and discovery about learning, resilience, attachment with parent and contentedness

Percent of children 6 months to 5 years who met these four areas:

a. This child is affectionate and tender with you

b. This child bounces back quickly when things do not go his or her way

c. This child shows interest and curiosity in learning new things

d. This child smiles and laughs a lot.

This indicator contains multiple dimensions of physical health, mental and emotional health, caring, empathy and resilience.

BSK Health Survey4

Secondary indicators for BSK result: All babies are born healthy and are provided with a strong foundation for lifelong health and wellbeing (prenatal to 5 years of age). 

Secondary Indicator

Data Source

The percentage of:

Babies who are breastfed, measured by breastfeeding initiation and duration

Initiation: infant was breastfed at any time

Duration: infant was exclusively breastfed at 2 months; infant was exclusively breastfed at 6 months; breastfed at 6 months, 12 months

Birth certificate data, PRAMS5, BSK Health Survey4

Babies receive recommended prenatal care

Early and adequate prenatal care: percent of live births where prenatal care was started before the end of the 4th month, and 80% or more of the recommended number of prenatal care visits occurred

Washington State Department of Health, Center for Health Statistics1

Families who are supported and connected

Percent of children with parents who report having someone to turn to for day-to-day emotional support with parenting or raising children

BSK Health Survey

Children are healthy

Percentage of children whose parents report their health status as excellent or very good

BSK Health Survey

Parents have knowledge of child development

Parent have information about child development, feel equipped for challenges, and behave accordingly. Percent of children with parents who report doing things with their child even if they are not old enough to talk (take turns going back and forth while talking, playing, exploring; talk about the things you see, hear, and do together; respond to child’s sounds, actions, words)

BSK Health Survey

Child health care providers have knowledge of community resources

Percent of child health care providers

To be determined

Child care/preschools are high quality

Percent of children whose parents agree that the primary program is affordable, provides a variety of activities, provides the right amount of time on the activities that are most important to you, has an adequate number of staff, provides a nurturing and caring environment, supports development of positive self-esteem, includes children from a mix of cultural and economic backgrounds, has opportunities to meet or talk with staff to discuss this child’s progress or needs, provides activities that meet this child’s interests, offers opportunities for this child to build skills

Percent of early childhood education facilities rated at quality (further refinement needed)

BSK Health Survey

WA Early Achievers

Lowering rates of child care/preschool expulsion

Percent of children who have been asked to leave a preschool/child care

BSK Health Survey

Children have safe, stable and nurturing relationships

Presence of safe, stable and nurturing relationships (SSNRs), as measured by indicators of: kindergarten readiness, family social/emotional support, childcare/preschool expulsion, universal developmental screening, housing stability, quality of caregiver/child relationship in child care, adverse childhood experiences, reading/singing to children

BSK Health Survey, OSPI WaKIDS, Department of Early Learning ESIT DMS, CCER7, HMIS8

Children receive recommended health and developmental screenings

Percent of children ages 9 months to 5 years whose parents report a doctor or other healthcare provider had them fill out a questionnaire about specific concerns or observations about the child’s development, communication, or social behaviors.

BSK Health Survey

Children receive needed mental and behavioral health services

Percent of children who needed and received any treatment or counseling from a mental health professional

BSK Health Survey

Children receive recommended developmental services when needs are identified

Percent of children 0-3 screened, identified, and connected to services

Department of Early Learning ESIT DMS6

Headline indicators for BSK result: King County is a place where everyone has equitable opportunities to be safe and healthy as they progress through childhood, building academic and life skills to be thriving members of their communities (ages 5-24 years).  

 

Headline indicators

Data Source

Academic and life skills

3rd graders who meet reading standard

Percent of 3rd graders who are at or above reading standards as assessed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment (administration beginning in the 2014-2015 school year)

Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)

4th graders who meet math standard

Percent of 4th graders who are at or above math standards as assessed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment (administration beginning in the 2014-2015 school year)

OSPI

Youth who graduate from high school on-time

Percent of entering 9th graders who graduate from high school within four years

Road Map Project/CCER7, OSPI, Eastside Pathways9

High school graduates who earn a college degree or career credential

Percent of high school graduates who complete a two- or four-year degree within six years of high school graduation

Roadmap Project/CCER7, OSPI and the National Student Clearinghouse via ERDC.

Youth & young adults in school or working

Percent of youth and young adults ages 16-24 who are in school or working

US Census Bureau, American Community Survey (ACS)10

Safe and healthy

Youth and young adults who are in excellent or very good health

Percent who report excellent or very good health status (ages 5-12, 18-24 years).

Percent of middle and high school students who report a high quality of life based on the composite of

1. I feel I am getting along with my parents or guardians (0=not true at all,….10 = completely true)

2. I look forward to the future (0=not true at all,….10 = completely true)

3. I feel good about myself (0=not true at all,….10 = completely true)

4. I am satisfied with the way my life is now (0=not true at all,….10 = completely true)

5. I feel alone in my life (0=not true at all,….10 = completely true).

BSK Health Survey, Healthy Youth Survey, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)11

Youth not using illegal substances

Percent of students in grades 8, 10, and 12 who report alcohol, marijuana, painkiller or any illicit drug use in the past 30 days

Healthy Youth Survey12

Youth who are flourishing and resilient, as described by curiosity and discovery about learning, resilience, and self-regulation

Percent of elementary-aged children who met these areas:

a. This child shows interest and curiosity in learning new things

b. This child works to finish tasks he or she starts

c. This child stays calm and in control when faced with a challenge.

This indicator contains multiple dimensions of physical health, mental and emotional health, caring, empathy, and resilience.

BSK Health Survey4

Secondary indicators for BSK result: King County is a place where everyone has equitable opportunities to be safe and healthy as they progress through childhood, building academic and life skills to be thriving members of their communities” (ages 5-24 years). 

Secondary Indicator

Data Source

The percentage of:

Lowering the rate of adolescent births

Rate of births to females ages 15-17 per 100,000 population in that age group

Washington State Department of Health Center for Health Statistics1

Youth have supportive adults

Percent of students in grades 8, 10, and 12 who report having an adult in their neighborhood or community could talk to about something important.

Percent of children in elementary school who have at least one other adults in their school, neighborhood, or community who know them well and child can rely on for advice and guidance

Healthy Youth Survey, BSK Health Survey

Youth believe in their ability to succeed

Percent of students in grades 8, 10, and 12 who have a medium high or high quality of life index. Includes positive self-identity. Questions are:

  1. I feel I am getting along with my parents or guardians
  1. I look forward to the future
  1. I’m satisfied with the way my life is now
  1. I feel alone in my life
  1. I feel good about myself.

Healthy Youth Survey

Lowering chronic absenteeism from school

Percent of students that miss 18 or more school days in a school year for any reason, excused or unexcused

OSPI

Youth are getting good grades in school

Percent of students in grades 8, 10, and 12 who report grades in school of mostly A’s or B’s

Healthy Youth Survey

Youth are completing 9th grade

Number of 9th grade students course credits attempted versus the number of credits earned in English Language Arts, Math, and Science; does not include withdrawals.

OSPI

Young adults participate in civic activity and are engaged

Percent of young adults ages 18-24 who are registered to vote and vote in elections

King County Elections

Reduced justice system involvement and recidivism

Percent of youth with justice system involvement

King County JIMS13

Youth have positive social-emotional development and mental health

Percent of children who received any treatment or counseling from a mental health professional

BSK Health Survey

Lowering rates of school suspension/expulsion

Percent of students suspended or expelled in a school year

OSPI

Youth are physically active

Percent that meet physical activity recommendations. For youth, the recommendation is 60 minutes every day.

Healthy Youth Survey12, BSK Health Survey4

Youth have strong family relationships

Needs refinement depending on programs.

Healthy Youth Survey12, BSK Health Survey4

Youth have strong peer relationships

Needs refinement depending on programs.

Healthy Youth Survey

Youth have strong school relationships

Percent of students in grades 8, 10, and 12 who report having opportunities or rewards for school/prosocial institution involvement. Combines questions on

  1. In my school, students have lots of chances to help decide things like class activities and rules.
  1. There are lots of chances for students in my school to talk with a teacher one-on-one.
  1. Teachers ask me to work on special classroom projects.
  1. There are lots of chances for students in my school to get involved in sports, clubs, and other school activities outside of class.
  1. I have lots of chances to be part of class discussions or activities.
  1. My teacher(s) notices when I am doing a good job and lets me know about it.
  1. The schools lets my parents know when I have done something well.
  1. I feel safe at my school.
  1. My teachers praise me when I work hard in school.

Percent of elementary school students who care about doing well in school and does all required homework. Combines questions on

This child cares about doing well in school.

This child does all required homework.

Healthy Youth Survey

BSK Health Survey

Youth live in supportive neighborhoods

Percent of children living in supportive neighborhoods (sometimes also referred to as neighborhood cohesion or social capital), as measured by the following sets of questions:

To what extent do you agree with these statements about your neighborhood or community?

a. People in this neighborhood help each other out

b. We watch out for each other’s children in this neighborhood

c. This child is safe in our neighborhood

In your neighborhood, is/are there…?

a. Sidewalks or walking paths

b. A park or playground

c. A recreation center, community center, or boys’ and girls’ club

d. A library or bookmobile

BSK Health Survey4

Youth and young adults are successful, beyond school or employment

As measured by the above indicators:

  • Strong family relationships
  • Strong peer relationships
  • Belief in their ability to succeed
  • Civic activity
  • Reduced justice system involvement

Headline indicators for BSK result: Communities offer safe, welcoming, and healthy environments that help improve outcomes for all of King County’s children and families, regardless of where they live.  

 

Headline indicators

Data Source

% youth who have an adult to turn to for help

Percent of students in grades 8, 10, and 12 who report that they have an adult in their neighborhood or community they could talk to about something important

Washington State Healthy Youth Survey

% engaged in civic activities

Percent of adults who report community service or helping others (volunteering, mentoring or political organizing) in the past 30 days

Percent of young adults ages 18-24 who are registered to vote and vote in elections

Communities Count

King County Elections

% paying <30% and <50% of their income for housing

Percent of households who pay less than 30% and less than 50% of their income for housing costs.

US Census Bureau, American Community Survey

% displacement of local residents

(In development)

Life expectancy

The number of years a newborn can expect to live given current age-specific death rates. This is a measure of the overall health of the population.

Washington State Department of Health

%physically active among youth and adults

Percent that meet physical activity recommendations. For youth, the recommendation is 60 minutes every day. For adults, the recommendation is at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity every week, plus muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week.

Washington State Healthy Youth Survey (grades 8, 10, 12), Washington State Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (ages 18+)

%income above 200% of poverty

Percent of people living in households with an income at or above 200% of the poverty level.

US Census Bureau, American Community Survey

%youth/young adults in school or working

Percent of youth and young adults ages 16-24 who are in school or working

US Census Bureau, American Community Survey

1 The Washington State Department of Health Center for Health Statistics collects and publishes critical information needed to help people in Washington live healthier lives. As the office of the State Registrar, the Center is responsible for the registration, preservation, amendment, and release of official state records of all births, deaths, fetal deaths, marriages and divorces that occur in Washington. They maintain data on birth outcomes and infant death.  

2 WaKIDS is the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)’s Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills. WaKIDS combines connecting with families, whole-child skill assessments and collaboration to improve early learning.  

3 The DSHS Children’s Administration is the public child welfare agency for the state of Washington. 

4 The Best Starts for Kids Health Survey is a survey about child health and wellbeing being conducted in King County with parents of children from birth to fifth grade. The survey was designed to help us inform and evaluate BSK.   

5 PRAMS is the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System, a joint project between state departments of health and the CDC. The purpose of PRAMS is to find out why some babies are born healthy and others are not. The survey asks new mothers questions about their pregnancy and their new baby.   

6 Department of Early Learning’s Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT) program provides services to children birth to age 3 who have disabilities or developmental delays. Information available from the ESIT Data Management System will inform BSK.  

7 The Road Map Project is a community-wide effort aimed at improving education to drive dramatic improvement in student achievement from cradle to college and career in South King County and South Seattle. Data are available on their annual indicator dashboard. The Community Center for Education Results (CCER) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to dramatically improving education results in South Seattle and South King County. It supports the Road Map Project. 

8 HMIS is the Washington State Department of Commerce’s Homeless Management Information System. HMIS is used by state and federally funded homeless and housing service providers to collect and manage data gathered during the course of providing housing assistance to people already experiencing homelessness and to households at risk of losing their housing. 

9 Eastside Pathways, based in Bellevue, WA, mobilizes the community to support every child, step-by-step, from cradle to career. Data on health and academic achievement are available on their website.  

10 The U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) is an ongoing annual survey about jobs and occupations, educational attainment, veterans, whether people own or rent their home, and other topics.  

11 The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is a set of national telephone surveys that collect state data about U.S. residents regarding their health-related risk behaviors, chronic health conditions, and use of preventive services.   

12 The Healthy Youth Survey (HYS) is a collaborative effort of the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Department of Health, the Department of Social and Health Service's Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, the Liquor and Cannabis Board, and the Department of Commerce. It provides important survey results about the health of adolescents in 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th grades in Washington. 

13 King County JIMS is the King County Juvenile Court’s data system. It provides information about demographic information, types of crimes and other information relevant to youth involved in the juvenile court system.  

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