REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL FOR SMART START ACTIVITIES FOR FY2018/19 TO 2020/21

The Partnership for Children (PFC) of Cumberland County is accepting proposals for activities that will provide early childhood services that address the needs of children birth to age five, their families and/or caregivers for the period beginning July 1, 20187 and ending June 30, 2021. The first year contract will begin July 1, 2018 and end June 30, 2019, and will be renewed ONLY after satisfactory evaluation of performance and availability of funds is confirmed.

PFC invest in

  • direct services that are evidence-based,  that have demonstrated positive outcomes and  that meet a critical need
  • strategies that demonstrate the  potential to leverage federal, state, local and  private funds
  • strategies that include programs that  are interconnected and interdependent that are  essential for achieving results for children 0-5
  • strategies that are responsive to the  current landscape of the status and needs of  children 0-5

The source of funding for approved activities is the State of North Carolina through an allocation of Smart Start funds. The availability of funds is determined annually and contingent upon the final budget adopted by the North Carolina General Assembly and approval from the North Carolina Partnership for Children.

Applicants are required to attend a mandatory bidder’s conference. The bidder’s conference will be held October 12 at 2:00 p.m., in the Multi-Purpose Room at PFC Family Resource Center, 351 Wagoner Drive, Fayetteville, NC 28303. Space is limited to two participants per activity.

 WHO CAN APPLY

To be eligible organizations must meet the following criteria:

  1. Organizations must be classified as tax-exempt under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and as public charities, under Section 509(a).
  2. Schools, municipalities and government programs are eligible.
  3. Individuals, childcare and for-profit organizations are not generally funded, except in certain cases where there is no suitable tax-exempt organization to carry out a program or project.
  4. Organizations that do not meet the above criteria (1, 2 or 3) may not use conduit organizations to apply for funding.
  5. Serve the Cumberland County area
  6. Serve children birth to five not in kindergarten and their families and or service providers of children birth to five not in kindergarten
  7. Proposed program must be in a PFC priority area with measurable outcomes
  8. Organizations should have at least a three-year history of programming.
  9. All requests for assistance must include a copy of the applicant’s most audit report for amount over $500,000. For amounts under $500,000, will be required to submit a Certification and Sworn Statement if funding is approved.

EFFECTIVE EARLY CHILDHOOD INTERVENTIONS PROMOTE ACADEMIC SUCCESS & IMPROVED WELL-BEING

  • Improving the educational experiences of our children, beginning at birth, will lead to a healthier community. Healthier communities have lower healthcare costs and workforces that are more productive.
  • Early childhood experiences influence early brain development and contribute to later academic success and lifetime well-being.
    • Enriching early experiences lead to early language development, school readiness, grade progression, on-time graduation, and college attendance.
    • Children less prepared for school at kindergarten are more likely to be held back in school, need special education, and fail to graduate from high school.
  • High-quality early childhood educational investments are cost effective strategies for improving academic success and promoting lifetime health.

EARLY CHILDHOOD RISK FACTORS UNDERMINE EDUCATION AND WELL-BEING IN CUMBERLAND COUNTY

  • Cumberland County ranks 61st out of the 100 counties in NC on indicators of children’s well-being.
  • Children in the Cumberland County have higher-risk profiles, including poverty, low social support, and high levels of parental stress, than children in _____________
  • Evaluations of high quality, early-education programs demonstrate that these programs help to prepare young children for kindergarten, but there are not enough high-quality programs available for all the children in our community.

EVIDENCE BASED/INFORMED PRACTICES

The 2011 legislation passed by the NC General Assembly reads:

SECTION 10.5.(k) The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc., and its Board shall establish policies that focus the North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc.’s mission on improving child care quality in North Carolina for children from birth to five years of age. North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc.-funded activities shall include assisting child care facilities with (i) improving quality; including helping one-and two-star rated facilities increase their star ratings, and (ii) implementing pre-kindergarten programs. State funding for local partnerships shall also be used for evidence-based or evidence-informed programs for children from birth to five years of age:

The Partnership will accept and review proposals that address an identified community need as it relates to families and children age birth to five in at least one of the following areas:

Early care and Education

Program or Practice Level of Evidence Target Population
Mentoring EB – Well-established Early Care and Education Professionals
Consultation/Coaching EB – Well-established Early Care and Education Professionals
 Supporting Social-Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children  EB – Established  Early Care and Education Professionals
 Child Care Health Consultants  EI – Promising  Early Care and Education Professionals
 Program Quality Enhancements/ Maintenance Incentive  EI – Promising  Early Care and Education Professionals
 Education Supports  EI – Promising  Early Care and Education Professionals
 Professional Quality Incentives including WAGE$  EI – Promising  Early Care and Education Professionals
 Child Care Subsidy  EI – Promising  Children ages 0-5

Parents of children ages 0-5

 CCR&R Consumer Education and Referral  EI – Promising  Parents of children ages 0-5
 CCR&R Technical Assistance  EB – Well-established  Early Care and Education Professionals
 CCR&R Training  EB – Established  Early Care and Education Professionals
 CCR&R Professional Development Advising EI – Promising Early Care and Education Professionals

Early Literacy

Program or Practice Level of Evidence Target Population
Reach Out and Rea EB – Well-established Parents of children ages 6 months-5 years
Raising A Reader EB – Established Parents of children ages 0-5
 Motheread/Fatheread  EI – Promising  Children ages 0-5

Parents of children ages 0-5

Early Care and Education Professionals

 Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library  EI – Emerging  Children ages 0-5
 Every Child Ready to Read  EI – Emerging  Children ages 0-5

Parents of children ages 0-5

Family Support-Parent Education

Program or Practice Level of Evidence Target Population
Incredible Years  EB – Well-established Childen ages  0-5

Parents of children ages 0-5

Early Care and Education Professionals

Triple P-Positive Parenting Program  EB – Well-established Childen ages  0-5Parents of children ages 0-5

Early Care and Education Professionals

Nurturing Parenting Program EB – Established Parents of children ages 0-5
Baby FAST and Pre-K FAST  EI – Emerging Childen ages  0-5Parents of children ages 0-5
 Circle of Parents  EI – Emerging  Parents of children ages 0-5

Family Support Home Visiting

Program or Practice Level of Evidence Target Population
 Healthy Families America  EB – Well-established  Pregnant mothers and parents of infants
 Nurse-Family Partnership  EB – Well-established  Women who are low-income and pregnant with their first child
 Parents as Teachers  EB – Well-established  Parents of children ages 0-5

Health

Program or Practice Level of Evidence Target Population
 Be Active Kids  EI – Promising  Early Care and Education Professionals who work with children ages 4-5 year
 Color Me Healthy  EI – Promising  Early Care and Education Professionals who work with children ages 4-5 years

Parents of Children ages 4-5 years

 NAP SACC  EI – Promising  Early Care and Education Professionals who work with children ages 2-5 years
 Preventing Obesity by Design  EI – Emerging  Children ages 0-5

Early Care and Education Professionals

 Assuring Better Child Health and Development  EI – Emerging  Medical professionals providing pediatric primary care

Please contact Linda Blanton, VP of Planning and Evaluation,  if you do not currently provide one of the above EB/EI practices to see if you are eligible to attend the Bidders Conference.

EVALUATION AND DATA COLLECTION

PFC is committed to evaluating the value and impact of funding efforts. Agencies awarded funds will be required to establish, track, and report on data related to the following types of performance measures:

  • Measures of practitioner engagement and participation in services;
  • Measures of quality and satisfaction;
  • Measures of practitioner level changes and outcomes;
  • Measures of child and parent engagement;
  • Measures of saturation rates of participation.

As part of this RFP, agencies will develop their Logic Model and Evaluation plan which will guide their compliance with this requirement.. If selected, agencies may be asked to revise and/or expand their logic model and evaluation plan with assistance from PFC.

QUALIFICATIONS

Contractors must have demonstrated competency in performing services defined in the activities section of this RFP. Specifically, the Contractor must demonstrate a successful history of providing similar services. The Contractor should describe all project experience in North Carolina or other states with similar program operations.

The Contractor must provide details of any pertinent judgment, criminal conviction, investigation or litigation pending against the Contractor or any of its officers, directors, employees, agents or subcontractors of which the vendor has knowledge, or a statement that there is none. The Partnership reserves the right to reject a proposal based on this information.

CRITERIA FOR APPLICANT SELECTION

Applicants will be selected on the following criteria:

  • Accuracy, completeness, content, and strength of proposal;
  • Qualifications and experience in implementing direct services; and
  • Applicant performance (applicable to current or previous Contractors)

ALLOCATION PROCESS

Smart Start conducts an annual allocation process to review and approve funding for programs that meet the criteria of Smart Start’s objectives based on annual funding from the state legislature.

Every three years, bids are requested from community agencies who are direct service providers and information is given about the types of programs we are able to fund, including proposal requirements, deadlines, procedures, etc. Funding is not guaranteed for a full three years as it depends on available funding and program performance.

Program activities are reviewed and approved by the Smart Start Board of Directors on an annual basis.

TIMELINE

  • October 12, 2017 – Bidder’s Conference from 2 p.m to 4 p.m.
  • December 11, 2017 -Proposals must be received at the Partnership office by 5:00 p.m.
  • Jan – March 2018 – Partnership Review Process
  • March 2018-Annual plan recommendations for programming and funding will be reviewed by the Partnership Board for approval.
  • March 31, 2018 -Annual plan due to the North Carolina Partnership for Children*.
  • April 2018 -Partnership notification to applicants regarding proposal approval.
  • July 2018 – Notification of approved budgets. Initial contracts meeting
  • July/August 2018 – Partnership will process FY 2018-2019 Contracts.

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