OEC is pleased to announce an important new RFP for the opportunity to administer an Early Childhood Facility Renovation and Construction fund!
Early childhood programs continue to face challenges highlighted by the pandemic, including but not limited to insufficient staff, insufficient enrollment, and COVID-19 related issues (i.e., classrooms closure due to a resurgence of COVID-19 cases). In recognition of this, $15 million of Federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds were allocated in the state budget to support facility renovation and construction in center, group, and family child care locations to address unmet needs of infant and toddler spaces and early childhood deserts. Therefore, the state is seeking proposals from for profit and nonprofit organizations to design, implement, and distribute funds to programs in an efficient and equitable manner that will help to ameliorate the stresses of COVID-19 on providers and families by investing in facilities and addressing unmet child care needs.
The designated organization will develop a system to implement and distribute facilities funding primarily to invest in centers, groups, and family child care homes in communities of need. Start-up and/or furniture, fixtures and other equipment costs will also be considered. In addition, this system will include technical assistance to ensure that provider access to funding is equitable, easy to use, and supports program stability.
|RFP Release Date||August 15, 2022|
|Letters of Intent Due||August 29, 2022|
|Proposals Due||September 16, 2022|
- Early Childhood Facility Renovation and Construction RFP
- RFP Budget Template
- See the RFP on CTSource
- RFP Frequently Asked Questions (9/8/22)