Best Starts for Kids
Passed in November 2015, the Best Starts for Kids levy will fund programs to help ensure that every child in King County has a better opportunity to reach his or her full potential in life. Healthier children become healthier adults, benefiting our whole community in ways such as preventing healthcare and criminal justice crises and creating a better prepared workforce.
The Sound Alliance's work on behalf of Best Starts for Kids came about as the result of extensive listening to Sound Alliance members in the winter of 2015. Problems surfaced in areas such as education, mental health, funding essential services, homelessness, and health care.
Our leaders' research showed that passing the Best Starts for Kids levy would work to address the root causes of many of these issues (see videos below for more on this research).
In a May 2015 Action Assembly, member institutions committed to briefing their members about Best Starts for Kids, and ended up briefing over 3700 people.
Where We're Organizing
Click to check out this interactive map of where Sound Alliance leaders spread the word about Best Starts for Kids!
Background / Science Behind Best Starts for Kids
King County Executive Dow Constantine explaining the ideas behind the proposal
Powerful TedMED talk that explains the scientific research that underlies Best Starts for Kids
In depth article about the scientific research behind Best Starts for Kids: "The Poverty Clinic - Can a stressful childhood make you a sick adult?", The New Yorker, 3/21/11.
November, 2015 -- Congratulations! With a majority of the ballots counted, Best Starts for Kids was approved with 56% of the vote! By approving the levy, King County voters are supporting increased resources to ensure kids reach their full potential in life. The hard work and dedication of Sound Alliance members who have spent the last months training, briefing, talking to their neighbors - over 3700 people briefed in total! - and continuously showing up for Best Starts for Kids has paid off with a great win.
October, 2015 -- The time is now to vote YES for King County Prop 1 -- Best Starts for Kids. Ballots are due this Tuesday, November 3.
October, 2015 -- In our training we teach that “power” is the ability to act. It’s the ability to get things done. There are two major ways to get big things done - with a lot of people or a lot of money - and in the Sound Alliance, our power is people power. One outstanding example of this theory in action comes from the Martin Luther King County Labor Council and local Building Trades unions who are member institutions of the Sound Alliance.
October, 2015 -- Sound Alliance leaders held two separate geographically-based assemblies last week to promote Best Starts for Kids, gain public recognition with decision makers, and start dreaming about where this campaign could lead the Alliance after the election.
10/18/15 -- The Daily -- Nearly 100 people gathered at the University Unitarian Church on Saturday night to show support for Best Starts for Kids, a new levy that will be on the November ballot. Best Starts for Kids would increase public health funding to provide kids and parents with the necessary resources for a successful start in life.
Dave Mentz, University Unitarian Church, talks about the new leadership he has taken on during the Best Starts for Kids Campaign.
September, 2015 -- Sound Alliance leaders are well on their way to the goal they set last Spring of briefing 4000 people about the Best Starts for Kids levy, which is on the ballot for this November. This summer, 65 leaders from various Sound Alliance member institutions got trained to lead 15 – 30 minute briefing sessions explaining the benefits of Best Starts for Kids to others in their organizations and community. Even though briefings just started, 650 people have already attended!
July, 2015 -- In a decisive show of bi-partisan support, the King County Council voted on July 22 to put the Best Starts for Kids levy proposal on the ballot for King County voters in November 2015.
July, 2015 -- On July 20, Sound Alliance leaders showed their numbers at a King County Council hearing to ask Councilmembers to put the Best Starts for Kids levy proposal on the November 2015 ballot.
Our diversity is a strength: leaders win endorsements for Best Starts for Kids from Labor, Federal Way School Board
July, 2015 -- Sound Alliance leaders have won two endorsements supporting the Alliance’s campaign to get the Best Starts for Kids levy passed in November - one delivered by a church lay-leader in South King County and one from a labor leader in Seattle.
June, 2015 -- If passed this November, the Best Starts for Kids levy would fund programs to help ensure that every child in King County has the opportunity to reach his or her full potential in life. Sound Alliance member institutions committed to briefing over 4,000 people before October about Best Starts for Kids. Read more about the campaign or to view opportunities about becoming a Briefer for the campaign.
May 2015 -- The Sound Alliance Action Assembly on May 18 successfully moved the Alliance’s Best Starts for Kids levy agenda forward and rallied leaders around a vision of a growing, stronger alliance. Sound Alliance institutions publically committed to briefing over 4,000 of their members about the Best Starts for Kids levy and to support Alliance growth, especially in Pierce County.
May, 2015 -- On April 30, delegates representing the interests of their Sound Alliance member institutions met to cover a wide range of business. They voted on a proposal to bring a better start to life to King County children, voted in a new board, and looked forward to our next Alliance wide show of strength— the Action Assembly on May 18th.