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Children reach developmental milestones in their own way and at their own pace. Through Best Starts for Kids, King County communities are strengthening screening that identifies developmental delays early, when children’s brains are most capable of changing — and training child development professionals to respond with services and support that are right for the child. These programs ensure that children receive the support they need along the way, and that all families are able to celebrate milestones with their kids.

Learn more about Developmental Promotion and see results:

How are we doing?

A Developmental Promotion strategy includes building a system of universal and ongoing developmental screening for all children as they grow from infancy to age five, including referrals to appropriate services when there are concerns. in 2018, 460 professionals (doulas, home visitors, child
care providers, and others) increased their skills in screening and 49 agencies added screening materials to their toolkits. This capacity is critical as King County moves toward universal screening to reach all kids.

How are we doing?

In 2018 Best Starts for Kids awarded funding to create a Landscape Analysis and Strategic Plan to promote Social Emotional Well-being.

How are we doing?

Early Support for Infants and Toddlers provides early intervention services for children birth to age three and their families, blending federal, state, and Best Starts for Kids funding. In 2018, Early Support for Infants and Toddlers:

  • Served 5,157 children and their families in King County, an increase of more than 10 percent from 2017.
  • Contracted with 13 community-based organizations with a countywide reach to provide early support services.

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