Best Starts for Kids 2017 in Review
To our community:
As I write to you, Best Starts for Kids implementation is in full swing, and we are making excellent progress toward our shared vision for King County children, young people, and families. Our accomplishments this year speak to the hard work of our partners and communities to put every baby born and every child raised in King County on a path to health, well-being, and lifelong success.
Together, we expanded programs that support healthy child development and family well-being. We gave our children and young people tools, opportunities, and safe places to grow in school and throughout their communities. We supported community-led solutions to achieve greater health, social, economic, and racial equity in our county.
Best Starts for Kids is the first initiative of its kind. In the last year, we learned that doing things differently requires growth that is sometimes uncomfortable. Mutual learning requires transparency and trust. I am grateful to the community members and partners who believe in Best Starts for Kids and share their requests, concerns, and appreciation with us.
Our Children and Youth Advisory Board defines equity as “an ardent journey toward well-being as defined by the affected.” May we continue to learn and grow as we progress on this journey together.
Strategic Advisor for Children and Youth