Provide Early Childhood Care and Education Services

As of July 2019, all birth-to-five early childhood care and education services are being supported and monitored by the Department of Education (DOE), including 3-K for All, Pre-K for All, and EarlyLearn NYC. Through a set of Requests for Proposals (RFPs), the DOE will procure services under new program models with the goals of increasing quality, equity, access, and sustainability.

The birth-to-five system of early care and education is designed to uphold a set of core values. In order to produce positive outcomes for children, families, and providers, the DOE seeks to: 

  • Provide children from birth to five years old with access to a high-quality early childhood program that is held accountable to and supported to meet high expectations of program quality.
  • Ensure a sustainable early care and education system that accurately reflects need across the city and sets up all programs for successful enrollment.
  • Value the expertise of program leaders, educators, staff, and families, and work together to meet community needs.
  • Promote socioeconomic and racial integration in early childhood classrooms.
  • Provide extended day, extended year services and robust family supports to the families that need them most.
  • Ensure leadership and teaching teams have the knowledge and skills they need to provide quality instruction to all children, and help programs continuously improve.

Head Start Enhancement Solicitation

The NYC DOE Division of Early Childhood Education has released an enhancement opportunity for organizations who contract directly with the Federal Office of Head Start to serve NYC children.

This is an opportunity for direct Head Start grantees to contract with the DOE for funding to provide additional supports to their staff. Grantees will have the opportunity to receive funding for training or technical assistance activities aligned to the DOE’s Early Childhood Framework for Quality, which describes our shared vision for high quality early childhood programming in New York City.

Direct Head Start grantees with any questions about this solicitation should reach out to

Closed RFPs

  • The Birth-to-Five Request for Proposals and Head Start/Early Head Start Request for Proposals are now closed. The deadline for both RFPs was Monday, August 5, 2019 at 2:00pm EST.
  • The Family Child Care Networks Request for Proposals is now closed. The deadline for this RFP was Friday, August 30, 2019 at 2:00pm EST.
  • The Charter School Request for Proposals is now closed. The deadline for this RFP was Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 2:00pm EST.

If you have any questions regarding the RFPs outlined above, please reach out to


All applicants should review all addenda in HHS Accelerator before submitting a proposal.

Webinar: Change in Timeline for Awarding New Contracts

In September 2019, the DOE’s Division of Early Childhood Education announced an update to the timeline for evaluating proposals to the Birth-to-Five Services and Head Start/Early Head Start Services RFPs and awarding new contracts. Awards will be made in the summer of 2020, and new contracts for awarded providers will now begin on July 1, 2021. To learn more about the updated timeline and hear answers to frequently asked questions, please review this webinar.


Program Leader Enrollment Policy Concerns Form

The DOE has created a form for program leaders to share concerns regarding the enrollment practices of other programs/schools that you believe have impacted families at your program. The DOE will look into all concerns of program leaders and provide a response within 10 business days. Please note that your name/program will not be shared with peer programs as we investigate each situation.

This form was developed in response to concerns program leaders have shared with us. Collecting this additional information through the form will allow the DOE to proactively address any concerns, and ensure that families receive accurate information from all 3-K and Pre-K for All programs. 

The form can be accessed here.

Fact Sheet on Provider Compensation Announcement

On July 9th, the Mayor and City Council Speaker announced a tentative contract agreement between early childhood providers, District Council 1707 Local 205, and the Day Care Council of New York. The agreement, which has since been ratified, provides a pathway to pay parity between certified early childhood education teachers and entry-rate Department of Education salaries by October 2021. Here you will find a fact sheet that answers frequently asked questions, including who is covered by the agreement and whether it impacts your FY20 budgets.

The Mayor and City Council Speaker also announced on October 3rd a tentative agreement between District Council 37/1707 Local 95 and the Head Start Sponsoring Board Council of New York City. This agreement will benefit Head Start program staff, providing a pathway to pay parity between certified Head Start/Early Head Start teachers and entry-rate Department of Education salaries by 2021, and bonuses for hard-working Head Start/Early Head Start support staff. 

RFP Fact Sheet for Family Child Care Providers

This fact sheet provides information and responses to some of the common questions and comments from family child care providers regarding the RFPs. Translated copies are available on our Early Childhood translations page.

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