Seattle Preschool Program Provider Facilities Fund


The Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) is notifying any agency under contract to provide preschool services for the Seattle Preschool Program (SPP) or the Pathway Program of a funding opportunity through the City of Seattle 2018 Families, Education, Preschool and Promise (FEPP) Levy. The FEPP Levy aims to achieve educational equity, close opportunity gaps, and build a better economic future for Seattle students.

The City has provided quality supports to preschool providers and tuition assistance to families through levies since 2004. In 2015, the City launched SPP. Around the same time, DEEL also created a preschool program called Pathway to support providers to transition to SPP by providing additional supports needed to meet SPP quality standards. The goal of SPP is for Seattle children to access and utilize high-quality early learning services that promote success in kindergarten, with the following outcomes:

  • Children are kindergarten ready
  • Learning environments are evidence based, high-quality, culturally responsive, and equitable
  • Children and families have multiple ways to access high-quality early learning services
  • Race-based opportunity gaps are closed  

In working with community to identify the challenges of participating in SPP, DEEL received feedback from partners citing the following as ongoing challenges for sustainability: (1) the lack of available and licensable space as a barrier to SPP program expansion, and (2) organizational capacity related to board development, fundraising plans, human resources, and financial management. DEEL will support in the improvement and expansion of early learning facilities and environments by investing in an annual SPP Provider Facilities Fund RFI. 



Phase 1: Request for Investment*
Request for Investment (RFI) Release Wednesday, October 14, 2020 RFI posted

Information Webinar

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Session 1: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Session 2: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Question and Answer Period

October 14 - 29, 2020 

No calls nor individual meetings will be accepted. Email all questions to:

RFI Submission Deadline

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 by 11:59 PM

See "Instructions to Applicants"

Phase 2: Evaluation*
Applications Reviewed and Rated November 20 - December 1, 2020
Scoring Session(s) December 2-9, 2020
Notifications Issued to Applicants December 2020

*Dates/locations subject to change 

RFI in Word: Click here
RFI in PDF: Click here
RFI Application in Word: Click here
Application Attachment 2-4 in Excel: Click here
Frequently asked questions (FAQ): Updated 10-30-20
Information Session Presentation in PDF: Click here

How and where to submit:

Submissions by mail or hand delivery are not being accepted at this time, due to COVID-19 health concerns.

Electronic Submissions

Deliver to:
Email Subject: Question_SPP Facilities Fund
Email all questions to: