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To our community:


Best Starts for Kids wants all kids in King County to be happy, healthy, safe and thriving. What does it look like to think less about intervention and the negative things we want to avoid, and think more about promoting the good things we want for our children? With a strong emphasis on prevention and promotion, Best Starts for Kids plans to find out.

2018 was year three of the six year Best Starts for Kids levy and implementation is in full swing. Together, with 228 community partners, we are building on the strengths of families and communities so that babies are born healthy, children thrive and establish a strong foundation for life, and young people grow into happy, healthy adults.

We could not do this work without our incredible community partners. Thank you to everyone who has given your time to Best Starts for Kids, provided input, and challenged us to push boundaries for the betterment of our communities. Best Starts prioritizes building strong, trusting relationships with our partners, with community feedback guiding every part of Best Starts for Kids.


Sheila Capestany

Strategic Advisor for Children and Youth


Community partners working together for happy, healthy, safe and thriving kids

Best Starts for Kids is very grateful for our committed community partners. It is thanks to our partners' expertise and trusted relationships that families are placed at the center of all Best Starts work.


Children received Early Support for Infants and Toddlers

Best Starts for Kids provided funds towards Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT) services for children living in King County. Over 5,100 children birth to three with delays or disabilities and their families received Early Support for Infants and Toddlers services in King County, promoting early brain development, and supporting healthy relationships, well-being, and reaching potentials.

Photo credit: United Way of King County

Families Served by Parent-Child Home Program

One of many home visiting programs supported by Best Starts for Kids, the Parent-Child Home program grew to support more families, the majority of new families living outside Seattle and part of refugee and immigrant communities.


Early child providers trained

Participants of Best Starts developmental screening and referrals training included childcare providers, home visitors, preschool teachers, mental health professionals, play group facilitators, family advocates, and caregivers. The training focused on the Ages & Stages Questionnaire to empower parents to have an active role and to connect families with additional supportive services when a concern is present.


Visits to new school-based health centers

This fall, Best Starts-funded school-based health centers in Renton, Bellevue, and Vashon Island received over 5,732 visits for medical and mental health services.

Photo credit: Institute for Community Leadership

Enrollments in youth development programs

As of October of 2018, development partners enrolled over 3,873 participants in mentoring programs, leadership opportunities, positive identity development, and healthy and safe relationship development programs.*

*Youth could enroll in more than one program.


Youth found a job or enrolled in school

Career Launch Pad and New Family Services worked with 219 young people become job ready, build skills to advance, and explore their long term education and career goals.


Young people got on a track toward finishing high school, going to college, and a career

225 young people who had not finished high school enrolled in ReConnect to Opportunity to receive services to get back on track toward high school completion, college, and a career.


Different organizations worked in partnership

184 in the Rainier Valley, SeaTac/Tukwila and White Center as well as new partnerships in the urban Native community, LatinX community of Vashon Island, transgender communities, and in the communities of Kent, Seattle’s Central District, and rural Snoqualmie Valley.


Different organizations formed a policy cohort

50 different organizations came together to form a policy cohort to identify top policy priorities across health, housing, economic opportunity and community connections.

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