Stories of Resiliency & Strength from Communities of Color

We must celebrate the beauty and fullness in all that Black children and youth are. Out in the world Black children and youths’ stories are living, breathing, and thriving narratives that demand more of us. They ask: do you see my humanity and are you willing to understand my full story? Today, we are grateful to share a poem by Nikai Mackie, who originally shared her piece with our community partner, Young-Women Empowered (Y-WE), in June 2020. We hope you intentionally sit and reckon with Nikai’s words.

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Pregnancy and Childbirth During the Pandemic: 10 Things to Know

With the help of Best Starts for Kids’ Prenatal to Five partners at Rainier Valley Midwives and Open Arms Perinatal Services, we’ve gathered the top 10 takeaways for expecting parents to know today as they navigate pregnancy and childbirth during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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We want social distancing, not social isolation

In light of the coronavirus outbreak in King County and our current community recommendations, Best Starts for Kids shares resources and ideas to help fight social isolation in the midst of social distancing.

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Offering Child Care Providers The Support They Need to Help Children Thrive

Whether they work at a center, are based at home, are informal caregivers, or are in a preschool classroom, King County’s child care providers are dedicated to the healthy development and school readiness of all the children in their care. The Child Care Health Consultation program offers free consultation with public health nurses and other specialists in health education and child development. Building upon Public Health’s Child Care Health Consultation program, Best Starts for Kids expanded services. In 2018, more than 500 child care providers and caregivers participated thanks to Best Starts funding. Learn more about this amazing strength-based resource.

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