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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New school health centers promote “whole child” approach

School-based health centers are improving health (and academics) for youth at more than 30 schools in King County – and this year, the number of schools participating is expanding, through Best Starts for Kids. The centers bring medical and mental health services right where it’s easiest for students to access – in clinics that are […]

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Communities of Opportunity expands investments to increase civic engagement and strengthen connections

Communities of Opportunity, a partnership that includes Public Health – Seattle & King County, is expanding efforts to help neighborhoods and cultural communities contribute to better health, safe and affordable housing, economic opportunity and stronger community connections for residents. The approach focuses on sharing power and decision-making with community partners, supporting community-led solutions and working […]

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Best Starts for Kids: Ensuring Health and Safety for All Children in Child Care

Child care centers are busy places. Caring for children of all ages includes many schedules, curriculum, food preparation, naps, comforting tears, and not least of all, working hard to provide a safe and healthy child care environment. But did you know that child care staff often have a nurse to call upon to help coach them on how to promote healthy practices?

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