Now accepting applications for the Child Care Health Consultation Service Delivery RFP – due by July 27! 

We are excited to share that the Best Starts for Kids Child Care Health Consultation Service Delivery RFP is now open! This funding opportunity closes on July 27 at 2 PM PST, please submit your application by then.  

Click here to view the full funding opportunity details and apply.

Note: please create a log-in to view details and access the ZoomGrants webpage. You can view the full RFP document within the ZoomGrants library.

About this opportunity

We know that the care provided by child care providers and caregivers is critical to supporting the growth and development of babies from an early age so that they can grow into happy and thriving young adults. To support children across King County in child care settings, we are excited to share this RFP and deepen our investments and partnerships with community-based organizations to deliver comprehensive Child Care Health Consultation (CCHC) services to child care providers!

CCHC is a collaborative partnership between a trusted consultant and families, caregivers, and child care providers to promote optimal physical and emotional health, safety, and development of children in their care through tailored consultation, training, and other supports. This Best Starts strategy area defines “child care providers” broadly, as inclusive of family, friend, and neighbor caregivers (FFN) and providers in license-exempt and licensed child care programs. 

Want to learn more about Best Starts’ CCHC? Click here to watch our 2-minute introduction video!

We encourage you to read through the full RFP document in the ZoomGrants library to learn more and apply! Click on the highlighted link at the top of the blog post.

Eligibility

This request is open to nonprofit organizations, community-based organizations, tribes and tribal organizations and public or governmental agencies serving communities in King County. Small nonprofits and community-based organizations are encouraged to submit proposals. 

We recognize that child care health consultation is a niche service area that requires expertise in health, working with child care providers, caregivers, and young children, and community-specific approaches. Reflecting that, partnerships and collaborations that leverage multiple agencies’ strengths are encouraged (one lead organization should submit the proposal on the partnership’s behalf). 

Eligible applicants must meet the following minimum qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience serving child care providers 
  • Demonstrated experience serving the focus community (as defined by applicant) in their primarily language 

We invest in a range of CCHC services to be delivered by community-based organizations and agencies across geography, diversity of community, and types of child care so that we can leverage these communities’ strengths to meet the range of needs in the County. 

Funding Available: 

Approximately $7,900,000 is available through the Best Starts for Kids Child Care Health Consultation to support the work described in this RFP for 2023-2025. Applicants may request $175,000 to $550,000 per year.  


Attend our information session 

We strongly encourage anyone interested in applying to attend one of the two information session to join us to learn more:  

  • June 22, 2022, 10 – 11 a.m.
  • June 24, 2022, 1 – 2 p.m.

Access the Zoom meeting details in Section II. Part E. of the RFP document. Learn more about this funding opportunity and view the full RFQ document here in the ZoomGrants library.

Timeline

Request for Proposal Released June 15, 2022 
Information Sessions See Section II. Part E for connection information. June 22, 2022, 
10 – 11 a.m. June 24, 2022 1 – 2 p.m. 
Final day to submit questions via ZoomGrants July 18, 2022 
 
Final day for to initiate request for technical assistance July 20, 2022 
 
Proposals due July 27, 2022 by 2:00 p.m. 
Responses reviewed  July 28, 2022 through August 31, 2022 
Interviews with applicants (if requested by review panel)  August 2022 
Notification of selected and non-selected applicants Mid-September 2022  
Contract negotiations with selected applicants September through October 2022 
Anticipated program/contract start date January 1 2023 

Do you have any questions? 

If you have any questions about this funding opportunity, you can submit a question before July 18 through the Contact Admin tab in ZoomGrants. The response to all questions received will be posted as an RFP amendment on ZoomGrants.    

If potential proposers experience technical difficulties with ZoomGrants leading up to the due date, please email your proposal to the RFP Lead, Phillip Thompson, at phithompson@kingcounty.gov to avoid a late submission.

Would you like support? Access Best Starts technical assistance!

Free application support is available for organizations interested in applying for this Best Starts funding opportunity! Best Starts partnered consultants can support by: helping to determine appropriate fit between your work and this funding opportunity, providing guidance on how best to answer application questions, supporting your application development (including editing and reviewing), and supporting you in explaining your qualifications in the most clear and concise way.

If you are interested in partnering with a technical assistance consultant, learn more here.

1. Check out our funding calendar here

This calendar shares upcoming funding opportunities staggered throughout the year. Subscribe to our blog and newsletter to the right of the calendar to receive notices whenever we post a new funding opportunity.

2. Watch our latest recorded info sessions

If you were unable to make it to an open funding opportunity’s info session, check out the recordings and slideshows here.

3. Save the date for our next open house!

Mark June 29, 2022 on your calendars for our next Best Starts virtual open house! Learn more about our sessions and register to join here.

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