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Child Care Partnership Request for Proposals

Episcopal Children’s Services (ECS) is looking for private child care owners and directors who are interested in taking on a challenging but rewarding role as an Early Head Start or Head Start Child Care Partner in Marion, Citrus, Levy, and Dixie Counties.

Child Care Partners are private child care centers—small, community-based businesses—who take in Early Head Start or Head Start children. Child Care Partners take Early Head Start (infants and toddlers) and Head Start (preschool) children into their centers—generally devoting a classroom or more—and adhere to all of the requirements of the program.

RFPs: Please download the Request for Proposals (RFP) here. You can also get a copy of the RFP by contacting Heather Shepherd at

The timeline for the RFP process is below, and also can be found in the RFP itself.

PLEASE NOTE: The RFP has been updated on 3/22/2017, with a correction to the due date on page 9. The RFP available here is the correct version.

Date Activity
March 20, 2017

RFP posted to ECS website

March 29, 2017 Intent to Propose document due (optional)
April 3, 2017 @ 10 am

Proposer technical assistance meeting and conference call

April 10, 2017 All prospective proposer questions due to ECS—NO QUESTIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THIS TIME

April 14, 2017 4.00 pm

Answers to proposer questions posted

April 24, 2017 4:00 pm


May 19, 2017 Notifications sent to proposers not selected
May 19, 2017 Notifications sent to proposers not selected
July 31, 2017 Contracts finalized with chosen partners
August 1, 2017 Child Care Partners begin to serve Early Head Start and/or Head Start Children

Additional Attachment G pages: Additional pages to be included in Attachment G: Personnel Qualifications can be found here.

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