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New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department: Community-Specific Model Demonstration Early Childhood Programs

Deadline: December 2, 2014

The Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) is soliciting proposals for the procurement of contractors who will develop plans to establish community-specific early childhood care and education programs that could serve as model demonstration sites. Preference will be given to communities where a significant majority of children are at risk for adverse childhood experiences and school failure.

Background: There are currently no communities in New Mexico with a seamless continuum of early childhood care and education programs that are:

  • Designed to provide quality early learning services that are financially viable, sustainable, replicable, and designed for the children, families, and communities being served.
  • Designed to be integrated with and seamlessly link to the community’s public education system.
  • Designed and qualified to serve as a model/demonstration site for early childhood program personnel, students, and others from throughout the state regarding the organization, curricular approach, and early childhood care and education methods being examined.

New Mexico refers to this continuum of early childhood care and education programs as the early learning “system of systems.” In order for children and their families to experience maximum benefit from this continuum, it must be integrated with and seamlessly link to the community’s public education system. Often, this is referred to as a P-3 (Prenatal through third grade) continuum. The early learning systems that are included in this continuum are outlined in a graphic within the RFP and include: Home visiting, IDEA Part C Early Intervention – NM FIT, IDEA Part B early childhood special education, child care, before and after school, Early Head Start, Head Start, NM PreK, and the public school system.

Scope of procurement: CYFD funding will support a limited number of communities to organize and develop a comprehensive/competitive plan for the establishment of a continuum of community-specific high quality early childhood care and education programs.

Award: Contact award; amount not specified.

Eligibility: An organization within a defined community must identify itself as the lead agency. The lead agency must have the support of the community and must demonstrate in their proposal that they will not act in isolation. The Evaluation Committee may make such investigations as necessary to determine the ability of the potential Offeror to adhere to the requirements specified within this RFP.

Link: http://cyfd.org/for-providers/rfp

Note: Distribution List/Acknowledgement of Receipt deadline (mandatory): November 18, 2014; Pre-proposal conference date (mandatory): November 18, 2014.

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