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Neighborhood-Based Quality Improvement Network (QIN) of Child Development Center Partners

In-Kind Support to Washington, DC Child Development
Centers to Develop Technical Assistance Networks

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District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) and Bainum Family Foundation

Deadline Date:

09/24/19 3:00 PM


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In-kind support to Washington, DC child development centers in Wards 7 and 8, serving children ages birth to three, to develop a technical assistance network. The networks will be neighborhood-based. Funding is intended to expand and improve the quality of childcare for infants and toddlers in the eligible districts.

No financial awards will be directly awarded to successful applicants. Selected child care centers will receive the QIN reimbursement rate for subsidized child care services, training and technical assistance to meet and maintain Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS).

The Office of Head Start (OHS) grant will fund two (2) education coaches who will provide practice-based job-embedded professional development, two family engagement specialists, one (1) early learning manager for all six centers to supervise the family engagement and education coaches and support a stronger home to school connection, one (1) nutrition coordinator for the six centers, and two (2) mental health consultants for the six centers, teacher stipends for 18 teachers at the three new centers and overall facilitation of comprehensive services at all six centers. The OHS funding will also be used to support the cost of the development of the shared services hub which will allow center directors to focus more time on supporting quality learning environments and teacher-child interactions. These services include, but are not limited to, staffing support, professional cleaning services, human resources, payroll, business development and record keeping.

In addition, child care centers selected to join the QIN will benefit from the following:

  • Reimbursement at the QIN rate for subsidy eligible enrolled infants and toddlers in a child development center (see 5-A District of Columbia Regulations (DCMR) § 203.1(e));
  • Full subsidy reimbursement for QIN-eligible children based on enrollment and not daily attendance;
  • Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment and Attendance (ERSEA) services, continuous and comprehensive services, job-embedded professional development and technical assistance aligned to DC Early Learning Standards and HSPPS;
  • Assistance with recruitment to fill vacancies and support with transitions to pre-Kindergarten or Head Start programs; and
  • Stipends for teachers and prioritization of QIN staff in programs supporting degree attainment.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182525

Term of Contract:

The agreement period is from Sept. 1, 2019 until Feb. 29, 2024.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include child development centers that currently meet the following requirements:
- Provide subsidized child care services to eligible children pursuant to a valid Provider Agreement with OSSE;
- Operate in Wards 7 or 8;
- Have a current designation of Quality or High Quality in Capital Quality, DC’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS);
- Licensed to operate a child development center by OSSE, have not been grandfathered in, or exempt from certain licensing standards or received a waiver from any licensing requirements;
- Not currently operating under a restricted license;
- Have participated in training or education programming to learn best practices in caring for infants and toddlers in the past two years; and
- Serve children between birth and age 3 whereby: At least 10 percent of the current children enrolled have an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP); and at least 50 percent of the current children enrolled are recipients of subsidized child care services.

Pre-Application Information:

In order to be considered, interested applicants must submit an application to OSSE. Applications must be received electronically to Lizbeth White no later than Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, at 3:00 PM.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applications must be received electronically to:, Attention: Lizbeth White

For more information, contact:

Office of State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)
1050 First St. NE, Sixth Floor
Washington DC 20002
(202) 741-7637

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington, DC: Wards 7 and 8