Best Starts for Kids
Putting every child and youth in King County on a path to lifelong success.
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Best Starts for Kids is an initiative to improve the health and well-being of King County by investing in prevention and early intervention for children, youth, families, and communities.
The levy will generate about $65 million per year and cost the average King County property owner an estimated $56 per year, which is about one dollar per week.
It will be the most comprehensive approach to early childhood development in the nation, starting with prenatal support, sustaining the gain through teenage years, and investing in healthy, safe communities that reinforce progress.
Read the plan
The King County Council unanimously approved the Best Starts for Kids Implementation Plan on Sept. 19, 2016.Download
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Be engaged with Best Starts
Public involvement and engagement are central parts of Best Starts for Kids. We want you to stay informed and be a part of the proccess. You can sign up for our newsletter, follow our blog or watch the process with our Children and Youth Advisory Board.
Follow our progress, get timely updates, learn about the process, and read the stories behind Best Starts for Kids at our blog.
Join the process
See the plan take shape as the Children and Youth Advisory Board serves as the advisory body for the majority of Best Starts for Kids-funded programming.
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Guiding principles behind Best Starts for Kids
Ten percent of the revenue will be invested in strategies to create safe and healthy communities, such as increasing access to healthy, affordable food and expanding economic opportunities and access to affordable housing.
This strategy will sustain and expand the partnership between King County and The Seattle Foundation on Communities of Opportunity, which is based on the latest research regarding the impact of place on a child's success. It also supports local communities in building their own capacity to creative positive change.
In order to reduce inequities in King County, Best Starts for Kids strategies are designed to be both universal and targeted, with the large majority of levy funding competitively bid in outcomes-focused contracts to community-based organizations. This will help ensure the strategies are implemented in a manner that is appropriate for all cultural and ethnic groups and that each child and caregiver receive the tools and level of support they need.
Best Starts for Kids will refine outcomes and indicators through development of a detailed implementation plan with input and consultation from the community.
- Best Starts for Kids Fact Sheet [PDF]
- View translated materials for Best Starts for Kids
- For more information on the ballot measure, search for file number "2015-0177" on the King County Council website.