Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC)
05/08/17 4:00 PM
Grants to Massachusetts organizations to provide families throughout the state with access to local, comprehensive early childhood education services. An informational webinar is scheduled for April 5. The deadline to submit an Intent to Bid and written inquiries is April 10. Programs should strengthen families, bolster school readiness, and promote optimal child development.
The Purchasing Department may award funds to a vendor or vendors providing the best value to the Commonwealth with the goal of identifying a vendor or vendors capable of providing coordinated family and community engagement services across all EEC regions, cities, towns, and communities.
The number of grants that will be awarded will be based in part on the number of responses submitted and the proposed service delivery areas. To ensure statewide coverage, EEC reserves the right to: (1) re-post this grant if it does not receive sufficient applications to cover the entire state, and (2) negotiate with vendors to determine if they will be willing to provide services to other cities or towns not included in their original grant applications.
Vendors may apply to cover specific cities, towns, and communities within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. See Appendix G for a list of towns by EEC region.
EEC’s mission, vision and strategic plan are built on the recognition that families are essential partners in the agency’s work. According to the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education in the joint guidance, “Policy Statement on Family Engagement: from the Early Years to the Early Grades”, families have strong and sustained effects on children’s development, learning, and wellness. Studies indicate that nurturing, responsive, and sensitive parenting promotes social-emotional competence and academic success.
To this end, EEC continues to build and strengthen a local infrastructure of supports and services across the Commonwealth to ensure that all families with young children, especially those with the greatest need for educational supports and those experiencing multiple risk factors have access in their community to the resources available to support their success.
EEC’s Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) priorities are:
-Universal and Targeted Outreach Strategies: Reaching and meeting the needs of children and families, especially those with multiple risk factors who are not engaged in the mixed delivery system of early education and out-of-school time services available through public schools, center-based, Head Start, and family child care programs.
-Linkages to Comprehensive Services: Ensuring that families have access to services that support their well-being and their children’s optimal development.
-Family Education: Supporting a dual-generation approach that strengthens the capacity of families as their child’s first teacher through: child development education across all domains; and evidence-based early literacy opportunities.
-Transition Supports: Coordinating activities and resources that maximize families’ access to supports through a broad range of transitions that may occur between a child’s birth to age eight that ultimately support school readiness and/or family stability. Examples of transitions include moving into and between early education and care settings as well as life transitions related to family relocation, parent job loss, etc.
-Building Community Capacity: Strengthening the capacity of communities through CFCE council membership and community collaboration to engage and support families through intentional alignment of goals, approaches, and policies between agencies that serve young children and their families.
GrantWatch ID#: 142317
The estimated grant start date is July 1, 2017.
Initial Duration: Three (3) years (thirty-six (36) months) from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2020.
Renewal Options: One (1) option to renew for a period of two (2) years from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2022.
Total Maximum Contract Duration: Five (5) years July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2022.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Webinar Registration Link:
Apply online through COMMBUYS:
Applicants must submit written inquiries and notices of intent to bid to:
If you have questions about the COMMBUYs online grant system, please contact the COMMBUYS Help Desk at:
Procurement Contact Person/Policy Contact Person:
Gail E. DeRiggi
P: 617-988-7835 / 617-988-7813
Grant Application RFR Number: CFCE RFR 237 / COMMBUYS Bid Number: BD-17-1037-1CEN0-C0000-14453
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