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.

Family Child Care Networks RFP

The Family Child Care Networks Request for Proposals (RFP) for services beginning in 2020 opened on Wednesday, June 12, 2019.

This RFP seeks providers of birth-to-four early care and education services through a Family Child Care Network and affiliated family child care providers. Following months of engagement with the family child care community, this RFP builds on and enhances the Family Child Care Network structure that has existed under EarlyLearn.

Proposals must be submitted by Friday, August 30, 2019 at 2:00pm EST. Any organization that wishes to contract with the DOE to operate a Family Child Care Network in the 2020-21 school year and beyond must submit a proposal through this RFP.

How to Apply to the Family Child Care Network RFP

To access the Family Child Care Networks RFP, your organization must first create an account and become pre-qualified in HHS Accelerator. 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, complete your proposal, and submit your completed proposal and required documents through the HHS Accelerator system. Networks must submit a written proposal along with other required documents by the deadlines outlined above and detailed in the text of the RFP.

Detailed instructions on how to complete a proposal in HHS Accelerator can be accessed in the Provider Guide to Submitting Proposals in HHS Accelerator. Additional resources for using the HHS Accelerator system, such as user guides, videos, and training dates are listed on the HHS Accelerator website.

If you have questions about the HHS Accelerator system, contact the Mayor's Office of Contract Services (MOCS) HHS Accelerator support team at

Additional 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 DOE plans to release an RFP for supplemental funding for programs receiving direct federal Head Start grants later in 2019.

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.

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.

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.


RFP Preview

This RFP Preview, issued on November 26, 2018, outlines programmatic values, program models, supports and standards that will be a part of the DOE's early childhood system in 2020 and beyond, as well as the RFP timelines and processes.

DOE Response to Commentary and Questions on RFP Preview

After releasing the RFP Preview, the DOE held round-table meetings and information sessions with hundreds of providers across the City, as well as briefings with our advisory groups, advocates, elected officials, and other key stakeholders. We also solicited written comments over a 30-day period. Throughout the process, we received questions and insights that have been invaluable in our RFP planning and design process. In this memo, we provide clarifications and responses to some of these questions and comments.

Clarification for Head Start Grantees and Delegates: Joint OHS and DOE Memo

The purpose of this joint memorandum is to provide clarification to Head Start and Early Head Start grantees and delegates in New York City on the DOE's 2019 Requests for Proposal (RFPs) for all contracted birth-to-five early care and education services to begin in July or September 2020.

Following the release of the DOE's RFP Preview, the Office of Head Start (OHS) and the DOE sought to clarify how those changes will impact Head Start (direct funded and delegate) providers in New York City. We encourage all current and prospective Head Start providers to read the memo.

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