July is BIPOC Mental Health Month — A look at some of what’s going on in DCHS  

As BIPOC Mental Health Month comes to a close, we at the Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) want to highlight some of the work DCHS is doing to address BIPOC mental health and increase culturally relevant programming. 

Young people speaking up about mental health: Adar Abdi

This was originally posted on the Best Starts for Kids blog.  To honor BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month, we are featuring a story from a young person who explores the impacts of mental health challenges and the public health crisis of systemic racism.   Across our region and country, young people are navigating the ramifications of racism…

Hear community stories from the Best Starts for Kids 2021 Annual Report

This was originally posted on the Best Starts for Kids blog. We are proud to share our 2021 annual report!  Read the full annual report here  In a year that fluctuated between high hopes and continued struggles, strong relationships served as the backbone for communities across King County as we navigated the ongoing dual pandemic…

DCHS Announces Funding Awards for New Child Care Subsidy Program Launched by King County

The Department of Community and Human Services is pleased to announce awards to five organizations that will help build, administer, and promote the new Best Starts for Kids Child Care Subsidy Program. This investment is meant to ease the costs for families where child care can be inaccessible. Funded partners will work to connect disparate systems,…

King County, City of Seattle partner to provide payments to child care workers, promote retention 

Sheila Ater Capestany, Director of King County's Children, Youth and Young Adult Division and DCHSLead for Best Starts for Kids King County and the City of Seattle announced this week a plan to provide one-time retention payments to eligible child care workers across King County. King County is dedicating $5 million from the Best Starts…