Best Starts for Kids is a voter-approved initiative to promote the health and well-being of babies, children, young people, pregnant people, and families. The initiative is cross-departmental; sitting within DCHS and Public Health.
As we announced in summer 2022, Best Starts is welcoming new leadership to join our team. Today we are posting our two open Co-Lead positions.
Our former Best Starts Co-Lead, Sheila Ater Capestany departed to focus fully on her role as Director of the Child Youth and Young Adult Division, and Best Starts Co-Lead Marcy Miller, will be focusing on her role as Maternal and Child Health Policy Manager in Public Health upon the hiring of the new Co-Leads. Jamalia Jones, Best Starts’ interim Co-Lead, was hired into her role as Sheila left, to bridge the transition.
Shared power is a core value of our work at Best Starts, and that doesn’t just mean sharing power at a given moment, but also planning ahead, and building in processes around transition that welcome new leadership – while not losing momentum or consistency in supports.
The Co-Leads positions
The Co-Leads job application will be open until March 5, 2023 at 11:59 PM. Apply by then to ensure your application is reviewed. Please share the job description with your community and encourage interested candidates to apply!
The Best Starts Co-Leads will oversee and guide the Best Starts investments in community supports for babies and young people from prenatal through 24 years old, and the levy’s strategic investments in the County’s child care system and technical assistance, capacity building supports for community-based organizations, and capital investments. The co-leads will be tasked to provide leadership in holding the vision and values of Best Starts, with an emphasis on racial equity.
Take a look at the job description to see if you or people within your community might be interested in applying.
As we make this leadership change, we are committed to showing up consistently for our community partners, responding to questions, and keeping you up-to-date.
We will provide updates here on the blog as we introduce new leadership and say goodbye to leadership transitioning to a different role that continue to support children and families.