Early Childhood Summer/Fall 2020 Readiness

Together with families, program leaders, and partner agencies, the DOE Division of Early Childhood Education (DECE) has developed guidance on how we can best meet the needs of NYC’s children, families, and program staff as early childhood programs plan for providing services beginning in Summer or Fall 2020.

Below are readiness resources to support program leaders as they plan for a safe reopening. Please continue to visit this page for new and updated guidance documents. If you have questions, please refer to the contact information listed in the resource document that is relevant to your program. 

All DOE Early Childhood Programs (all setting types)

NYCEEC School Day/Year Programs (3-K & pre-K contracted)

NYCEEC Extended Day/Year Programs (EarlyLearn-contracted)

Family Child Care Networks

District Schools and Pre-K Centers

We also encourage you to visit the Return to School 2020 page to view the latest information on 2020-21 school year planning for district schools and Pre-K Centers.

Learning Bridges (information for current providers and other interested parties)

As the DOE resumes in-person early childhood services this fall, most schools and sites will operate on a blended learning model. This will include some in-person services for a portion of the week and reduced class sizes in accordance with social distancing guidance. On July 16, 2020, Mayor de Blasio announced that the City is planning to provide free child care options for 100,000 children from 3-K through 8th grade this fall. The City is working to have as many seats as possible ready for the first day of school, with capacity building out over time. The City’s child care plan will provide relief for families who cannot stay home or find alternate care for their children on days they are not in school buildings. The flyer below with information about the Learning Bridges program can be shared with families. 

The DOE and the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) are collecting information from providers of services and/or space. 

For current DOE early childhood providers: Knowing that many families will need full-time child care, the DOE is looking to gauge interest from current providers in partnering with us to provide additional opportunities for child care for three- and four-year-olds at their existing sites. Current DOE providers should fill out this short survey to indicate interest in learning more details about the Learning Bridges opportunity. In addition, current providers are required to carefully review the Fall 2020 NYCEEC Staffing Readiness Tool and complete the follow-up survey; this survey will help the DOE collect necessary details about providers’ ability to offer additional early childhood services in the Fall. Current providers with at least one DOE-contracted site only need to fill out these surveys; they do not need to complete the Request for Information (RFI) below, even if they are interested in expanding services at one of their sites that does not currently have a DOE contract.

All other providers of services or space should complete the Learning Bridges: School Year 2020 Child Care Request for Information (RFI) through PASSPort, the City’s digital Procurement and Sourcing Solutions Portal, to provide one or more of the following:

  • Early Childhood services – child care for three- and four-year-olds.
  • Learning Lab services – a new service model that provides a safe and supported space for students in grades K-8 to participate in remote learning and enrichment activities on days when they are not in school.
  • Space to host Early Childhood services and/or Learning Lab services.

Vendors must have a PASSPort account to create and submit a response to the RFI; see here to create a PASSPort Account, and refer to these step-by-step Account Creation instructions for more information on creating an account.

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