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City of Chicago Extension of Funding for Early Learning Program Providers Updated FAQ
The City is extending funding for 25 early learning program providers who saw a decrease of more than 20% in funding as a result of the City’s recent RFP process. The City will extend funding for these providers to 80% of their existing contract level through June 30, 2020, which will allow children and families to remain in their current programs through the program year.
Why did the City decide to extend funding?
The City is deeply aware that this change in the early childhood landscape has been challenging and the timing of this change (with the impact coming midway through the school year) is particularly difficult for families. Through this funding extension, the City ensures children and families can stay in their programs through the remainder of the program year.
Does this mean the RFP process was flawed?
The City is not rescinding or invalidating the RFP process or outcomes. DFSS conducts RFPs on a routine basis and administers them in close consultation with Law and Procurement, and this process was handled no differently. All RFPs are competitive and result in some organizations being awarded funding and some organizations being denied funding.
Does this mean you are rescinding the RFP?
The City is not rescinding or invalidating the RFP process or outcomes. The City will be conducting an independent evaluation of the process, so that we can learn from this experience.
The City previously stated that all funds had been committed – where did this additional funding come from?
All of the funds that the federal and state governments provide for early learning (Early Headstart, Headstart, Preschool for All, and Preventive Intervention) were disbursed through the RFP. The dollars being used to support agencies through this change in funding are coming from the city’s corporate funds, because the City thinks it is a priority to ensure families can stay in their programs through the remainder of the program year.
What will happen in June to the agencies that were originally defunded during the RFP processes?
The new extension funding is a one-time offer to providers to ensure continuity and stability for families and children through the remainder of the program year. After June 30, 2020, agencies will be funded at the levels determined by the recent RFP.
DFSS will work diligently with all early learning program providers who saw a decrease in funding to create a sustainability plan for their organizations. Outreach is well underway to agencies that have been defunded or received significantly less funding so that customized plans can be developed that focus on each unique agency and the families and children that attend that particular program. DFSS will continue to meet and work with each agency throughout the program year to help with the transition.
Those families who wish to move to another placement, either in the public schools or community-based settings, can call the Chicago Early Learning Hotline at 312-229-1690 or visit https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/chicagoearlylearning/home/how-to-apply.html to find a placement that is convenient for them.
When does the new funding through the RFP go into effect?
All currently funded agencies will continue to be funded through November 30, 2019. Contracts with the 101 agencies funded through this RFP process will begin December 1, 2019. The City is extending funding for 25 early learning program providers who saw a decrease of more than 20% in funding as a result of the City’s recent RFP process. The City will extend funding for these providers to 80% of their existing contract level through June 30, 2020.
What does this mean for UPK4 moving forward?
Our commitment to provide all 4-year-olds with full-day preschool options remains strong. The rollout of UPK4 this year was part of a process that began more than two years ago. The impact on the early childhood ecosystem that we are experiencing creates an opportunity to reflect and make adjustments as we move forward with universal pre-k under this administration.
Which agencies are receiving funding through the extension? Delegate
ABC PRESCHOOL LTD
CHANCE AFTER CHANCE MINISTRY NFP
HAPPY HOLIDAY NURSERY & KINDERGARTEN INC
IMANI CHILDREN'S ACADEMY INC
LITTLE ANGELS FAMILY DAYCARE II INC
LITTLE FOLKS DAYCARE INC
LITTLE KIDS VILLAGE INC
MOSAIC EARLY CHILDHOOD ACADEMY INC
THE CATHOLIC BISHOP OF CHICAGO
THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO CHARTER SCHOOL CORPORATION
WEE CARE NURSERY SCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN INC
BLACK RHINO, INC. DBA BUILDING BLOCKS LEARNING ACADEMY
EYES ON THE FUTURE, INC.
WEST AUSTIN DEVELOPMENT CENTER
PATHWAYS TO LEARNING CHILD CARE CENTER INCORPORATED
HOWARD AREA COMMUNITY CENTER
MOTHER'S TOUCH INC II
KIDDY KARE PRE SCHOOL INC
SOUTH-EAST ASIA CENTER
CHILDREN'S CENTER FOR CREATIVE LEARNING INC
ONE HOPE UNITED - NORTHERN REGION
THE MONTESSORI NETWORK
KENYATTA DAY CARE CENTER
MARILLAC ST. VINCENT FAMILY SERVICES INC DBA ST. VINCENT DEPAUL CENTER
EARLY CHILD CARE SERVICES INC
DFSS Chicago Early Learning RFP
Building on the strengths and power of the Head Start and Early-Head Start models and the track record of success they have for comprehensively supporting students, families, and communities, the City remains dedicated to providing high-quality early education to children through Chicago Early Learning. The Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) Request for Proposals (RFP)asked early childhood education organizations to submit proposals that embraced key policy goals such as kindergarten readiness, increasing credentials for early learning staff, raising salary minimums for pre-school teachers, and blending of federal and state dollars in order to fund early learning at the level necessary to deliver quality education.
The City of Chicago has made a commitment to providing young children across the city with access to high-quality early learning through a comprehensive, citywide system of school- and community-based programs known as Chicago Early Learning (CEL). The service philosophy of the City of Chicago and CEL is that children of all backgrounds require quality early learning experiences to promote their social emotional, physical, language and cognitive development.
The roll out of Universal Pre-K (UPK4) in communities across the city and new state policies that allow children to enroll in kindergarten earlier will shape a new early childhood ecosystem that community-based programs and public schools must respond to.
In addition, in the 2017-2018 school year, all kindergarten teachers in Illinois began observing their students on a common set of developmental measures using the Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS). According to the KIDS study, only 22% of African-American children and 15% of Hispanic children are considered school-ready when they show up on the first day of kindergarten.
The RFP - Policy Goals
The two recent RFPs released by DFSS help align best practices within this evolving system. Through the RFP process, DFSS policy priorities included:
The RFP – Competitive Process
DFSS received close to 250 proposals from over 150 different agencies. Under the new contracts, which go in to effect on December 1, 2019, 101 agencies will receive funding and partner with DFSS to provide high-quality early learning to communities around Chicago.
The Increased Investment in Early Learning
Across the city there was an increase of nearly 1600 early learning slots in community-based agencies through the RFP. While some communities did, in fact, see a reduction in funding as a result of the RFP, others will see an increase. Increases and decreases by community were due to many factors, including the quantity and quality of application by community area, the targeted populations by community area, community area need and capacity.
Through the RFP, funded agencies are being better compensated for services for each slot. The increased teacher salaries and higher quality standards were the reasons DFSS increased the cost per child, or reimbursement rate, across programs as illustrated below.
For preschool services:
|Funding Stream||2019 slot allocation per child||2020 slot allocation with the RFP per child|
|Head Start Center-Based||$8,721||$11,000|
|Head Start Home-Visiting||$8,721||$9,000|
|Funding Stream||2019 slot allocation per child||2020 slot allocation with the RFP per child|
|Early Head Start Center-Based||$8,721||$13,500|
|Early Head Start Home-Visiting||$8,721||$9,000|
|PI Center-Based||$8,000 - $10,000||$11,000|
|PI Home Visiting||$4,400||$5,000|
Through this year’s RFPs, DFSS will distribute to community-based agencies $193,147,500 in funding to support early learning services for children birth to five. In federal funding, this includes $80,884,000 in Head Start, $25,587,000 in Early Head Start, $12,281,500 in Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership, and in state funding this include $32,049,000 in Preschool for All, and $42,346,000 in Prevention Initiative.
DFSS granted extensions to state funded programs (PFA/PI), and all current grantees will be funded through November 30, 2019. DFSS will work with agencies that are not being funded in the new contract to develop customized transition plans for both families and agencies over the next three months.
RFP Awarded Grants
|Ada S McKinley Community Services Inc.||$ 8,310,400|
|Alain Locke Charter School||$ 216,000|
|Albany Park Community Center, Incorporated||$ 1,518,200|
|All Star Kids Academy||$ 183,600|
|Allisons Infant & Toddler Center Inc||$ 1,996,200|
|Asian Human Services, Inc.||$ 2,960,000|
|Board Of Trustees Of Community College District #508, County Of Cook And State Of Illinois||$ 4,739,760|
|Brain Box Literacy Academy & Educational Services||$ 91,800|
|Breakthrough Urban Ministries, Inc.||$ 359,400|
|Carole Robertson Center For Learning||$10,045,575|
|Casa Central Social Services Corporation||$ 543,200|
|Catholic Charities Of The Archdiocese Of Chicago||$ 5,108,400|
|Centers For New Horizons Inc||$ 4,405,800|
|Chicago Child Care Society||$ 3,581,600|
|Chicago Commons Association||$ 9,726,960|
|Chicago Youth Centers||$ 6,075,780|
|Children's Center For Creative Learning Inc||$ 427,200|
|Children's Center Incorporated||$ 982,600|
|Children's Development Corporation||$ 1,078,800|
|Children's Home & Aid Society Of Illinois||$ 1,254,800|
|Children's Place Association||$ 595,000|
|Chinese American Service League, Inc.||$ 785,600|
|Christopher House||$ 5,668,000|
|Concordia Place||$ 1,065,000|
|Cottage Grove Community Services DBA Busy Bumble Bee Academy||$ 616,000|
|Cuddle Care, Inc||$ 81,000|
|DreamChild Development Center||$ 97,200|
|Early Child Care Services Inc||$ 43,200|
|Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago, Inc||$ 5,732,440|
|El Hogar Del Nino||$ 4,209,760|
|El Valor Corporation||$13,611,720|
|Erie Neighborhood House||$ 4,251,760|
|Family Focus, Inc.||$ 546,000|
|Family Focus, Inc. Home Based/Home Visiting||$ 1,332,000|
|First Start Child Care Academy South, Inc.||$ 240,400|
|Foresight Children Learning Center Inc||$ 97,200|
|Gads Hill Center||$ 7,849,405|
|Galewood Enterprises LTD||$ 427,200|
|GIA Group Inc dba The Learning Tree II||$ 557,600|
|Heaven's Learning Garden Inc.||$ 711,400|
|Henry Booth House||$ 8,712,640|
|Higher Learning Daycare & Education Center Incorporated dba Higher Learning Childcare & Development||$ 711,200|
|Hobby Horse Nursery School Ltd dba Lake Shore Schools||$ 2,186,200|
|Holy Family Ministries||$ 367,200|
|Howard Area Community Center||$ 330,000|
|Illinois Institute for Children||$ 443,800|
|Improved Child Care Management Services Corporation||$ 655,440|
|Institute Of Positive Education||$ 91,800|
|It Takes A Village Child Care Services, Incorporated||$ 5,907,315|
|J AND L Family Day Care Inc.||$ 194,400|
|JPE Day Care Center, Inc.||$ 271,600|
|Judah International Outreach Ministries Inc||$ 713,200|
|Kenyatta Day Care Center||$ 97,200|
|Kiddy Kare Pre Sschool Inc||$ 712,800|
|Kimball Daycare||$ 4,857,800|
|Lakeview Development Center||$ 91,800|
|Lawndale Educational And Regional Network Charter School||$ 615,600|
|Lee's Cuddles N Care Inc||$ 97,200|
|Literacy Zone, Inc||$ 273,200|
|Little Achievers Learning Center Inc||$ 91,800|
|Little Genius Community Daycare Center Inc||$ 183,600|
|Little Hands Child Creative Center Inc||$ 183,600|
|Little Kiddies Inc||$ 97,200|
|Loop Learning Center Inc||$ 1,133,400|
|Marillac St. Vincent Family Services Inc DBA St. Vincent DePaul Center||$ 2,057,400|
|Mary Crane League||$ 7,143,520|
|Metropolitan Family Services||$ 4,604,000|
|Montessori Foundations Of Chicago Inc||$ 198,000|
|Mother's Touch Inc II||$ 91,800|
|N & K Corporation||$ 457,440|
|New Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church DBA New Pisgah Day Care||$ 557,600|
|North Star Child Development Center||$ 275,400|
|Northwestern University Settlement Association||$ 1,003,920|
|One Hope United - Northern Region||$ 550,800|
|Onward Neighborhood House||$ 2,311,000|
|Options For Youth HV||$ 430,000|
|Ounce Of Prevention Fund||$ 1,141,400|
|Pathways To Learning Child Care Center Incorporated||$ 183,600|
|Project Org + Design Studio HV||$ 360,000|
|Rachel's Learning Centers LTD||$ 704,000|
|Reach For The Stars Childcare Academy Inc||$ 91,800|
|Refugeeone HV||$ 240,000|
|Serendipity Child Care Inc||$ 1,327,870|
|SGA Youth & Family Services, NFP||$ 3,810,480|
|Shining Star Youth & Community Services DBA Shining Star Early Learning Academy||$ 3,866,280|
|Sinai Community Institue, Inc.||$ 600,000|
|South-East Asia Center||$ 162,000|
|Star Kids Math and Science Academy, Inc.||$ 91,800|
|Stepping Stones Early Childhood Learning Center Inc||$ 318,000|
|Sweet Pea Academy||$ 267,800|
|Teddy Bear Nursery Schools Inc||$ 1,797,400|
|The Baby Academy||$ 443,800|
|The Chicago Lighthouse For People Who Are Blind Or Visually Impaired||$ 91,800|
|The Hana Center||$ 756,320|
|The Montessori Network||$ 583,000|
|The Salvation Army||$ 3,112,400|
|Trinity United Church Of Christ Child Care Centers, Incorporated||$ 2,368,480|
|True To Life Foundation HV||$ 660,000|
|Tuesday's Child||$ 220,000|
|Whiz Kids Nursery Center Inc||$ 81,000|
|Young Achievers Academy Inc||$ 568,000|
Young Men's Christian Association of Chicago