Seattle Preschool Program (SPP), SPP Pathway Program Services, and Community Center Initiative 2018-19

REQUEST FOR INVESTMENT

DATES

RFI Release December 4, 2017
Information Session Info Session #1: December 14, 2017, 10:30am - 12:00pm with facility tour 12:00pm - 12:30pm, Alki Community Center
Info Session #2: December 15, 2017, 9:30am - 11:00am with facility tour 11:00am - 11:30am, Delridge Community Center Info Session #3: December 18, 2017, 10:00am - 11:30am, Seattle Municipal Tower
Questions Deadline 4:30 p.m., January 5, 2018 Email all questions to leilani.delacruz@seattle.gov
Response Deadline* 4:30 p.m., January 12, 2018 See submission instructions in Section 2.3
Site Visits January 22, 2018 through January 26, 2018
Notification to Successful Applicant(s) February 16, 2018
Anticipated Contract Negotiation February 16, 2018
Contract Start Date July 1, 2017
Note: Dates following the submission deadline are based on best estimates. DEEL will publish updates to the timeline if needed.
FORMS
RFI: Download RFI
RFI Addenda: N/A
Application: Download Application (Exhibit A , Exhibit B , and Exhibit C)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Sample SPP Contract Download Sample Contract
SPP Manual Download SPP Program Manual
Step Ahead/SPP Pathway Program Manual Download Step Ahead/SPP Pathway Program Manual
SPP Action Plan Download SPP Action Plan
SPP Program Plan Download SPP Program Plan
SPP Implementation Plan Download SPP Implementation Plan
Information session presentation: Download Presentation.
Questions & Answers Download
Seattle Scholars Download Tuition Application and Tuition Support Application Screening and Review

SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION
How and where to submit: For SPP and Pathway, please refer to Pages 8 and 9 of the RFI For the Community Center Initiative, please refer to Page 16 of the RFI
CONTACT
Leilani Dela Cruz, leilani.delacruz@seattle.gov, (206) 684-3395
SUMMARY
The Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) is charged with helping to ensure that Seattle children are prepared to enter school, and with helping to close achievement and opportunity gaps, by providing high-quality early learning opportunities to 3- and 4-year-olds through the Seattle Preschool Program (SPP) and the SPP Pathway Program.  Additionally, through our partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR), we are adding an element to this RFI process that will allow early learning programs, both currently in the program or those seeking to apply for the SPP and SPP Pathway Programs, to operate out of two SPR Community Center sites.  To achieve these aims, DEEL is requesting applications from qualified Applicants to deliver high-quality preschool services for the 2018-19 school year.  Funding awarded through this RFI can only be guaranteed through the 2018-19 school year because this is the last year of the 2014 SPP Levy. There are four options for responding to the RFI: 1.     If your organization (Applicant) meets all the Seattle Preschool Program (SPP) eligibility requirements (noted on pages 5 and 6), you can apply to become an SPP provider. You are also eligible to apply to operate out of one of SPR's community center sites by completing the Community Center Initiative application (Exhibit C).             2.     If your organization does not currently meet the SPP eligibility requirements, you can apply to the SPP Pathway Program (formerly known as the Step Ahead preschool program). Because this is the last year of the 2014 SPP Levy, providers can be on the SPP Pathway for up to 1 year.  During this time, the City will provide ongoing technical assistance, professional development and coaching to support Pathway providers in meeting the eligibility requirements for SPP.  Your organization will be expected to work towards meeting full SPP eligibility requirements and apply to become an SPP provider for school year 2020-21. You are also eligible to apply to operate out of one of our community center sites by completing the Community Center Initiative application (Exhibit C).   3.     If you are a current SPP or SPP Pathway program you are eligible to apply to operate preschool classes out of one of the community center sites by completing the Community Center Initiative application (Exhibit C).   4.     If you are a current SPP program and want to expand you are eligible to apply for additional classrooms or additional slots by submitting a cover letter stating your request and Exhibit B   

 [MC1]Needs to be reworked to say that can only guarantee funding for 2018-19 SY because this is last year of the Seattle Preschool Program Levy