Best Starts for Kids is an initiative designed to improve the health and well-being of King County residents by providing resources to children, youth, families and communities. Beginning with prenatal support and continuing into the teenage years, this is the most comprehensive approach to early childhood development in the nation. Program operators are seeking input from individuals and families whose narratives, for a variety of reasons, may not be included in other studies or questionnaires. So far, more than 4,000 people have responded to a survey which is available in five languages, in addition to English.
King County is working with the Washington State Department of Health and the University of Washington Social Development Research Group to ensure that data gathered from this survey is used safely, securely, and effectively. According to Sheila Capestany, King County Strategic Advisor for Children and Youth and lead of Best Starts for Kids, this collaboration "will help develop approaches through Best Starts that will meet the culturally and linguistically specific needs of the rich diversity of families in our region." Ensuring healthy communities by ensuring the health of its newest members is a long-term investment in the health and safety of King County residents.
This survey is open through late January and is available here.