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Early Care and Education Professional Development Organizations

Contracts for Services to Pennsylvania Community-Based Partners
and IHEs for Early Childhood Care Professional Development

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) - Bureau of Procurement and Contract Management

Deadline Date:

03/19/19 12:00 PM EST Receipt

Description:

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Contracts for services to Pennsylvania community-based partners and IHEs for the creation and implementation of organizations for professional development for the regional early childhood workforce. Strong partnerships between IHEs and organizations will be given priority. Applicants must demonstrate strategies to address the broad needs of the region they serve while supporting the individual needs of educators.

OCDEL will redirect existing federal funds to establish six (6) Early Care and Education Professional Development Organizations (“ECE PDOs”) to implement a system of professional development (“PD”) that will transform the early care and education (“ECE”) workforce in their respective regions.

Objectives:

A. General. The objective of this RFA is to identify ECE PDOs to:

1.Coordinate and facilitate access to credit-bearing, stackable, portable coursework and credentialsfor the ECE workforce;
2.Support direct access across each identified service region for the ECE workforce to participatein CDA Credential (Infant /Toddler, Preschool, and Family Child Care), Associate of Arts(“AA”), Associate of Science (“AS”), Associate of Applied Science (“AAS”), Bachelor of Arts(“BA”), and Bachelor of Science (“BS”) programs through a mixed delivery model consisting of:face-to-face, cohort, or online methods; and
3.Coordinate with and support the Early Learning Resource Centers (“ELRCs”) (Appendix D) inimproving the quality of ECE programs.

B. Specific. OCDEL has made it a priority to develop and implement a PD system for the ECE workforce that integrates services. ECE PDOs will:

1.Develop a regional partnership strategy to address systems building for identified regions tosupport the shift from non-credit bearing PD to a focus on degree attainment for the ECEworkforce;
2.Develop and deliver community and institutional based courses, including student cohort basedformats, resulting in the attainment of an ECE degree:
a.Articulation and Transformation Agreements (stackable and portable coursework andcredentials);
b.Mixed delivery models;
c.CDA Credentials leading to AA/AS/AAS degrees to BA/BS degrees; and
3.Coordinate federal, state, and local funding beyond Child Care Development Fund (“CCDF”)dollars to support equitable access to education by the ECE workforce

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185527

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$10,000,000

Number of Grants:

DHS intends to award an agreement to one Applicant in each of 6 ECE PDO Service Region.

Term of Contract:

Duration: 2 years with 3 additional 1-year renewals

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants for this Project must be Pennsylvania community-based nonprofit or for-profit organizations, Pennsylvania local education agencies, or IHEs.

Pre-Application Information:

Calendar of Events:
- Deadline to submit questions via email: January 29, 2019, 2:00 PM EST
- Answers to Potential Applicant questions posted to the DGS website no later than: February 8, 2019
- Bids must be received by the purchasing agency: March 19, 2019 by 12:00 PM EST

Contact Information:

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

Michelle Herring
717-787-9200
RA-PWRFAQUESTIONS@PA.GOV

Sealed application must be received by the Issuing Office at:

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Department of Human Services
Bureau of Procurement & Contract Management
Room 402, Health & Welfare Building
625 Forster Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120

Funding or Pin Number:

RFA 17-18

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Pennsylvania