Department Of Family And Support Services, Chicago Early Learning (CEL) Community Based Programs Request For Proposal (RFP)

April 2, 2019

All children need high-quality early learning experiences to develop and thrive. The City of Chicago, Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) has the goal to enhance and expand highly effective services to vulnerable families with children, ages birth to five. Chicago Early Learning (CEL) community-based programs provide early learning experiences that support children’s development based on their individual trajectory across four developmental domains – social-emotional, physical, language and cognitive – with the goal of supporting their success in school and in life.

The skills children gain before kindergarten can greatly affect their ability to succeed in school. Chicago is interested in providing resources to support young children, setting them on a path towards success in school and life. Our goal in Chicago is to build a system that allows us to work together toward a clearly articulated goal of having more of our children enter kindergarten ready to succeed. Building upon our successful track record and leveraging the strengths of our Early Head Start, Head Start, Preschool for All/Prevention Initiative and Child Care Partnership traditions to ensure that children have the tools to help them develop. To accomplish this, DFSS is seeking interested and qualified childcare providers to apply to provide childcare services via one or more of the above stated program models.

For more information, please refer to the application posted on the City of Chicago’s eProcurement page:

A note about the City’s new eProcurement System:

Registration in iSupplier is the first step to ensuring your agency’s ability to conduct business with the City of Chicago and DFSS. Please allow five to seven days for your registration to be processed.

The Department of Procurement Services (DPS) manages the iSupplier registration process. All delegate agencies are required to register in the iSupplier portal at All vendors must have a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) and an IRS W9 for registration and confirmation of vendor business information.

New Vendors – Must register at

Existing Vendors – Must request an iSupplier invitation via email.  Include your Complete Company Name and City of Chicago Vendor/Supplier Number (found on the front page of your contract) in your email to .You will then receive a response from DPS so you can complete the registration process.


May 15, 2019

12:00, NOON CST

Proposals must be submitted via on-line application.

E-mailed or faxed proposals will not be accepted.



A Pre-Proposal Webinar will be held on April 9, 2019 from 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Please register prior to the Webinar’s start using the link found in the RFP and above. A link to the completed Webinar will be available on-line after the time and date listed above for those who cannot attend at the live scheduled time.

Additional in-person pre-submittal conferences have been scheduled at the following locations and times:
Below are the dates, times and location of additional, in-person Bidders’ conference meetings:

April 11, 2019 at Woodson Library 9525 S. Halsted St. from 10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
April 12, 2019 at Kennedy King College, 6301 S. Halsted St. from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
April 16, 2019 at Truman College, 1145 W, Wilson Ave. Cafeteria from 12:00 noon – 3:00 p.m.
April 16, 2019 at Malcom X College, 1900 W. Jackson Blvd. from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 pm.

The purpose of these pre-submittal events is to clarify the RFP process and the scope of the required services.
Attendance is not mandatory, but it is strongly suggested that interested applicants attend

Contact Instructions

Delegate Agency FAQ iSupplier Portal

Delegate Agency Bidding Presentation

Create New Address and Contact Manual

DFSS Children Services Division Information for RFP

DFSS Children Services Division Webinar Recording

DFSS YouTube Channel

Chicago Early Learning Program Implementation Manual

How To Start An Application and Find An RFP

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