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Contracts for Services to California Nonprofits, Educational Agencies, and
Other Agencies and Organizations to Enhance Education for Adults

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California Department of Education (CDE) - Career and College Transition Division (CCTD) - Adult Education Office (AEO)

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02/07/20 5:00 PM PDT


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Contracts for services to California nonprofit organizations, local educational agencies, and other agencies and organizations for professional development projects that improve adult education. Applicants must submit a form of intent prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended for the design, implementation, and operation of a large-scale, statewide professional development project that supports high performing literacy and basic skills adult education programs.

The adult education programs this project supports include: English Language Acquisition (ELA), also commonly known as English as a Second Language (ESL); Adult Basic Education (ABE); Adult Secondary Education (ASE), which includes High School Diploma and High School Equivalency; and Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE), which includes Integrated Education and Training (IET). The CDE is releasing this Request for Proposals (RFP) for the purpose of contracting with a provider for professional development.

Adult education in California serves anyone age 18 and above as specified in California Education Code (EC) Section 8510.

The RFP seeks proposals addressing five main tasks:

  • Task 1 – Coordination and Communications with the CDE
  • Task 2 – Reports, Invoices, and Data File Requirements
  • Task 3 – Comprehensive Plan and Schedule for Project Activities and Deliverables
  • Task 4 – Professional Development Activities 
  • Task 5 – State Leadership Activities

For more information on these tasks, see RFP in Supporting Documents below. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 134904

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Term of Contract:

Contract Term: May 1, 2020 – August 31, 2022. The CDE reserves the right to extend the contract for an additional year, specifically, the September 1, 2022, to August 31, 2023 program year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
Local educational agencies, nonprofit organizations, other organizations or agencies

Required Eligibility Criteria:
Successful bidder must have experience in design, implement and operate a large-scale, statewide professional development project that supports high performing literacy and basic skills adult education programs.

Sole proprietorships, partnerships, public or private agencies, unincorporated organizations or associations may submit proposals. The bidder must be legally constituted and qualified to do business within the State of California. If required by law, any business entity required to be registered with the California Secretary of State must submit a current Certificate of Good Standing issued by the California Secretary of State. The required document(s) may be obtained through the Certification Unit at 916-657-5251 or through the California Secretary of State website:
Note: Allow sufficient time to obtain the certificate from the California Secretary of State.

For more eligibility information, see Section 4, General Proposal Information on page 30 of the RFP in Supporting Documents below.

Pre-Application Information:

RFP Schedule of Events:
- Request for Proposal Released: November 13, 2019
- Intent to Submit a Proposal: December 2, 2019, 5:00p PST
- Receipt of Questions from Bidders Due: December 2, 2019, 5:00p PST
- CDE Response to Questions Received: December 20, 2019, 2019 (Tentative)
- Proposals Due: February 7, 2020, 5:00p PST
- Review of the Proposals: February 17 – 21, 2020 (Tentative)
- Public Opening of Cost Proposal: March 11, 2020 10:00a PDT
- Posting of Intent to Award (five business days): March 30 – April 3, 2020 (Tentative)
- Anticipated Contract Start Date: May 1, 2020, or upon DGS approval, whichever is later

Bidders are required to submit an Intent to Submit a Proposal, mailed, emailed or faxed, that must be received by the time, day, and date specified above. The Intent to Submit a Proposal does not require an organization to submit a proposal however, a proposal will not be accepted unless an Intent to Submit a Proposal is submitted on time. The Intent to Submit a Proposal and questions regarding the RFP must be mailed, emailed or faxed to Jennifer Boone.

Bidders may submit questions, requests for clarification, concerns, and/or comments (hereinafter referred to collectively as “questions”) regarding this RFP. All questions must be submitted in writing and may be submitted with the Intent to Submit a Proposal.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Program Chiem-Seng Yaangh, 916-445-5724,
Fiscal Jennifer Boone, 916-323-0544,
Division Career & College Transition Division, 916-322-2175 (phone), 916-327-7089 (fax)

California Department of Education
Career and College Transition Division
Attention: Jennifer Boone
1430 N Street, Suite 4202
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-322-2175
Fax: 916-327-7089

Funding or Pin Number:

RFP CN190223

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California