DOE DECE Preschool Special Education Enhancement Contract Solicitation
This contract enhancement opportunity will provide additional funding to programs and provide them with support available to all 3-K and Pre-K for All programs. All current and prospective State-approved nonpublic preschool special education programs are eligible to apply. Through this initiative, we are excited to continue the work of streamlining NYC’s Birth to Five system of early care and education, and to officially make 4410s and 4201s part of Pre-K and 3-K for All.
You may respond to the solicitation as soon as you are able and the first due date is January 20, 2021. We strongly encourage all providers to respond by that date in order to begin contracts this summer. There is a second due date of March 20, 2021 for providers that need more time to plan. You may reach out to DECEProgramOps@schools.nyc.gov if you have additional questions about this enhancement contract solicitation.
3-K and Pre-K for All Services 2022-2026
On October 14, 2021 the DOE released the 3-K and Pre-K for All Services 2022-2026 RFP (R1395). This RFP targets neighborhoods where 3-K for All is not yet at scale to ensure that we can offer free, full-day, high quality services to every 3-year-old in New York City.
Providers can propose to offer only 3-K services, or to offer 3-K and Pre-K services, in the following school districts:
- Manhattan: Districts 1, 2, 3
- Bronx: Districts 10, 11, 12
- Brooklyn: Districts 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22
- Queens: 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30
Contracts will be awarded based on the quality of proposals submitted and the demand for services in each geography. We anticipate awarding both 3-K and pre-K slots in the districts listed above, with greater emphasis on adding 3-K slots. Contracts will be for a four-year term beginning in 2022 with the possibility to extend to align with the DOE’s existing Birth-to-Five Services contracts. This procurement opportunity's deadline has been extended to Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 2:00 PM. View the How to Apply section below for more guidance.
Early Childhood Services in City Owned or Leased Facilities
On October 14, 2021 the DOE released the Early Childhood Services in City Owned or Leased Facilities RFP (R1396). Through this RFP, community-based organizations can propose to offer 3-K and pre-K services in facilities owned or leased by the City. The School Construction Authority has entered into leases for these spaces to meet the promise of 3-K for All. Providers can submit a proposal for any of the 25 available spaces and one award will be made per facility. Awards are subject to change based on finalized building capacity and overall need for 3-K slots at time of award. The list of available buildings is included in the RFP as Attachment A - Competition Pools List. This procurement opportunity's deadline has been extended to Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 2:00 PM. View the How to Apply section below for more guidance.
How to Apply
To access the RFPs and/or RFI, your organization must first create an account and become prequalified in PASSPort. Please note that completing a prequalification application is not the same as submitting a proposal. Once pre-qualified, you will be able to download documents related to the RFP/RFI, and submit your completed proposal through the PASSPort system.
A separate and complete proposal, including all required documents, must be submitted for each proposed site location.
Detailed instructions on how to complete a proposal in PASSPort can be accessed on the Learning to Use PASSPort webpage. Additional resources for using the PASSPort system, such as user guides, videos, and training dates are listed on the PASSPort website.
If you have questions regarding these RFPs or the RFI, please reach out to the Division of Early Childhood at PreKRFP@schools.nyc.gov.
If you have questions regarding the PASSPort system, please contact the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services (MOCS) PASSPort support team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Program Leader Enrollment Policy Concerns Form
The DOE has created Program Leader Enrollment Policy Concerns 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.
The Program Leader Enrollment Policy Concerns 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.
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. The Provider Compensation Fact Sheet 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.