Auburn School District supports education access with $50,000 King County grant

The Auburn School District shared this blog with us to highlight the ways they are supporting young people through the ongoing pandemic through our partnership.   Left to right, Andy Pham, Youth Engagement Coordinator and Rachael Parks, Youth Engagement Specialist from Neighborhood House present the Student Chromebook Cart.  Access to a reliable technology device and internet,…

Best Starts by the Numbers in 2022 

This blog post was originally published on the Best Starts for Kids blog. This year, Best Starts for Kids entered into the first year of the second levy (Best Starts 2.0) and over the course of the year we centered on learning, growing and thriving.   In the first Best Starts levy we invested more…

A happy toddler claps along with an adult in an early learning environment.

Extended Deadline for General Child Care Facilities Fund RFP for Capital Grants – apply by December 7

Children can thrive when they have access to early education and intervention supports. However, we know some children don’t have equitable access these opportunities due to racial inequity and under-resourcing.   That’s why the Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) is partnering with Enterprise Community Partners to invest in early education so young people, regardless of race…

Neurodiversity and Youth Mental Health: resources and an upcoming legislative forum

Young people from all walks of life, backgrounds, and experiences bring rich contributions to our community, and young people who are neurodivergent have essential perspectives and contributions that our community benefits from.   Yet, people who are neurodiverse run into obstacles in a world built for people who are neurotypical. Those challenges are even more pronounced…

This week! Join us for the 33rd annual Developmental Disabilities Legislative Forum

On Thursday, King County Department of Community and Human Serivices Developmental Disabilities and Early Childhood Supports (DDECSD) division is hosting the annual Developmental Disabilities Legislative Forum.   If you haven’t already registered, go here! The virtual event is on Join us on Thursday, November 17, from 7 to 8:30 pm.     On this special evening we’ll hear…

Application for Best Starts Child Care Subsidy now open to families!

Editor's note: this post was updated to reflect the total funds dedicated to the Best Starts Child Care Subsidy: $160 million over six years. A thriving and equitable child care system is essential for our communities. Child care supports parents and guardians in the workforce; provides babies and children with nurturing spaces where they can…