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Community Based Parenting Supports

Kaleidoscope Play and Learn

Basic Needs Resources Brokering

Lactation & Perinatal Supports

For more information, please contact Hana Mohamed ( or call 206-263-1733.

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

The Community-Based Parenting Supports strategy seeks partners in three areas, Kaleidoscope Play and Learn, Lactation and Perinatal Supports, and Basic Needs Resource Brokering. Please join for an opportunity to learn more about each body of work, hear from families and caregivers served, and learn how community members can sign up to join RFP panels.

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Technical Assistance: Getting Help With Your Proposal

For more information, please contact Jorji Knickrehm ( or call 206-477-5702.

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Are you interested in applying for Best Starts for Kids funding opportunities? Learn about the resources available to help you put together the best proposal you can. We want all organizations who do great work to be able to apply, even if you have limited experience with the government funding process. So Best Starts for Kids partners with skilled consultants to help, at no cost to applicants. You’ll also learn tips for incorporating data in your proposal, from where to find “the numbers” to thinking creatively about the stories and experiences of your own organization.


Positive Family Connections

For more information, please contact Nancy Vu ( or call


10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Best Starts Positive Family Connections help strengthen and build positive relationships between parents, caregivers and youth. Positive Family Connections funds programs designed to strengthen parent-to-parent engagement, kinship care relationships, intergenerational and cultural heritage bonds, restorative practices, personal development for young people and parents/caregivers, and the connections among these family members. Come learn more about our Positive Family Connections strategy and the upcoming available funding opportunity.


NEW! Best Starts for Kids Child Care Subsidy Program RFP

For more information contact Katie Kaiser ( or call


10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Best Starts for Kids is launching a new multimillion dollar regional Child Care Subsidy Program in 2022 to expand equitable access to affordable and high quality child care for King County families. BSK is seeking organizations to partner with each other and the County to build and promote a subsidy program that provides easy access and seamless user experiences for families and their child care providers. Come learn about the funding opportunities available to help administer and/or support families in accessing the new subsidy program.


Youth and Family Homelessness Prevention Initiative (YFHPI)

For more information, please contact Kimberly Dodds ( or call 206-477-7884.

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

King County's Best Starts for Kids invests in ensuring vulnerable youth and households with youth at imminent risk of losing their housing have the support they need to remain in their homes and attain the resources and skills to reduce the risk of housing loss in the future.


Youth Development

For more information, please contact Shukri Olow ( or call


11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Youth Development Strategy 1.0, presentation from 1-2 grantees, updates on strategy 2.0.


Youth Transitioning to Adulthood

For more information, contact Lisa Ingraham ( or call


12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Best Starts is seeking to partner with Community-Based Organizations to support youth/young adults ages 16-24 years. Activities include supporting youth to stay in school, and complete school (secondary diploma) and connecting them to education, employment, and post-secondary training opportunities in King County, WA. Population focus on Opportunity Youth, youth experiencing homelessness, and youth traditionally less likely to graduate from high school on time and transition to post-secondary education. Strong focus on employment as well.

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School Based SBIRT Planning Grants & Implementation RFP

For more information, contact Margaret Soukup ( or call 206-263-8958.

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Information about the SB SBIRT Planning & Implementation RFP requirements and timelines.

SB SBIRT Planning Grants are open to School Districts and Private Schools in King County, currently not implementing SB SBIRT.

Pre-requisite for SB SBIRT Implementation RFP is a successfully completed or in process SB SBIRT Planning Grant or active SB SBIRT implementation.

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Innovation Supports Strategy

For more information, please contact Hannah Locke ( or

call 206-512-0362.

1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

The Prenatal to Five Innovation Supports strategy offers a variety of supports to BSK funded community-based organizations through trainings and workshops, community building, shared learning, and individualized supports, including technical assistance, small group facilitation, applied tools and resources, and referrals. These supports are focused around the unique experiences that define the critical phases of innovation. These phases include but are not limited to the design, development, installation and early implementation of innovative community-driven programs and/or projects. This session will share information about an up-coming Request for Qualifications aimed at selecting the team of capacity builders who will provide these essential supports.


Healthy and Safe Environments

For information, please contact Robin Haguewood ( or call 206-263-1856.

1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Healthy Safe Environments (HSE) is a strategy area focusing on Policy, Systems and Environment change, or put more simply: Improving the context in which kids and their families live, learn and play. In our session we will discuss how HSE is different from other BSK strategies, and define what we mean by policy, systems and environment change more specifically. We will also share some examples of projects that have taken this approach for change and have one of our grantees share their own experience. Finally will review the RFP process and requirements and leave plenty of time for questions. 

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Liberation and Healing from System Racism

For more information, please contact Julia Yen ( or call


2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Liberation and Healing from Systemic & Internalized Racism (LHSIR), formally known as Trauma-Informed & Restorative Practices, is seeking partners who opt into a collective methodology designed to show evidence of collective impact. The conditions of collective impact are having a shared vision, shared measurements, mutually reinforcing strategies, continuous communication, and a strong infrastructure for collective work. The Liberation and Healing Movement will address the educational gaps rooted in racism that has contributed to black and brown scholars and work together towards community-centered solutions for transformative systemic change.


Expanded Learning

For more information, please contact Omana Imani (

2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

School’s Out Washington (SOWA), in partnership with Best Start for Kids (BSK), will be providing funding to expanded learning providers, including licensed childcare providers, to strengthen and increase afterschool and summer programming for King County young people ages 5-13.

Formerly known as Out-of-School Time (OST), the Expanded Learning strategy will focus on expanding and improving programming in under-resourced communities and/or geographies, and to increase programs’ and organizations’ participation in the quality improvement system, resulting in more King County youth engaged in high-quality expanded learning opportunities who are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) and/or living in poverty.

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School Based Health Centers

For more information, please contact Samantha Yeun ( or call 206-263-0904.

3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

School Based Health Centers provide comprehensive medical, mental health, and dental services in school settings to children and adolescents in more than 30 schools in King County. SBHCs are an effective strategy for increasing students’ educational and health outcomes. In this session will provide an overview of our program as well as highlighting BSK successes thus far. We will also describe plans for future investments. If you are interested in learning more about our program area or are interested in helping us make connections to new partners, please join us! This session may of particular interest to healthcare agencies, school staff, and community partners who serve youth.