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Contracts for Services to California IHEs, Nonprofits,
LEAs, Agencies, and Businesses to Expand Childcare Services

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California Department of Education (CDE) - Early Learning and Care Division (ELCD)

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12/10/19 5:00 PM Receipt


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Contracts for service to California IHEs, nonprofit organizations, local educational agencies, and other organizations and agencies to provide childcare services for children ages birth to 13 years. Funding is intended to provide full year, full daycare and to increase the availability of childcare services to eligible children.

The intent of this Request for Applications is to expand General Child Care and Development (CCTR) for full-day, full-year funds for General Child Care and Development services statewide. Awards will be made by county allocation and within each county by Local Planning Council priority area.

Funding preference shall be provided to underserved areas as identified by the LPC. The LPC priorities are located on the ELCD Electronic Submission of LPC Priorities web page at

The CDE will allocate funding by county, based on a statewide comparison of need and resources. Need is established by data and will be determined by families at or below 85 percent of the state median income by county. 

Applicants may apply for CCTR funding to operate via a Family Child Care Home Education Network (FCCHEN). However, the applicant contractor is responsible for administrative, programmatic, and fiscal compliance with the CCTR FT&C and program requirements as well as compliance with the laws and regulations pertaining to FCCHENs. For more information, see page 7 of General Child Care and Development Program Expansion Funding Request for Applications Program Overview and Instructions in Supporting Documents below. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 184761

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Annualized contracts are effective for one state fiscal year (July 1–June 30). A successful applicant will have three full fiscal years from the date of the proposed award letter to open sites/classrooms and begin providing services. If the proposed sites/classrooms are not open within three years from the date of the proposed award letter, the applicant will receive formal notice from the ELCD that the award is rescinded. After the initial contract period, the contractor’s eligibility for continued funding each subsequent year is contingent upon compliance with the following:
- Program requirements and the FT&C
- Evidence of satisfactory contract performance
- Compliance with all relevant state and applicable federal reporting requirements
- Approval by the CDE

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants: Institutions of higher education, local educational agencies, nonprofit organizations, other organizations or agencies

To apply for funding pursuant to the RFA, all agencies, except public entities (e.g., LEAs, Federally Recognized Tribes or Tribal Organizations, other local governments, etc.) must be:
- Registered with the Secretary of State to do business in California, or
- Possess a valid California Business License
In addition, the applicant agency must be:
- Licensed in accordance with 22 CCR, Community Care Licensing; or
- Eligible for licensing in accordance with 22 CCR, Community Care Licensing, Division 12; or
- Appropriately exempt from licensing requirements, which may include but are not limited to:
LEAs choosing to be Exempt (Certificate of Classroom Exemption from Community Care Licensing Regulations)
Military Installations (Department of Defense Child Care License or a letter from the base commander or appropriate military official)
On Federally Recognized Tribal lands and meet the standards set forth by the Tribal Government or meet the requirements of a health and safety environmental survey (i.e. a survey or assessment provided by Indian Health Service or a consulting agency or entity).

For more information, see page 7 of General Child Care and Development Program Expansion Funding Request for Applications Program Overview and Instructions in Supporting Documents below.

Eligibility Criteria:
- Any agency registered with the Secretary of State to do business in California, or any public agency or Local Education Agencies (LEA) may apply for funding pursuant to this RFA. Funding is allocated to those counties reflecting a need based on the formula described under program overview. The applicant must be licensed, be eligible for licensing in accordance with 22 CCR, Community Care Licensing, Division 12, or exempt from licensing pursuant to Health, and Safety Code Section 1596.792.
- If the facilities are exempt by statute or otherwise exempt from licensing, they must comply with any applicable health and safety laws and/or regulations. Services to children may not begin until the contractor submits to CDE a copy of their site license or provides verification of their license exempt status.

Pre-Application Information:

- Request for Applications Released: November 5, 2019
- Application Due Date: December 10, 2019
- Notification of Scores to Applicants: February 7, 2020
- Appeals Due to the ELCD: February 27, 2020 - Appeals are due 10 business days after notification of score
- Awards Announced: March 31, 2020
- Award of Contracts and Program Start Date: April 1, 2020
Note: Dates are subject to change.

Applicants must mail or personally deliver paper applications. The ELCD will not accept electronic versions, files on computer discs, or facsimile applications. Application packages must be received on or before 5 p.m., December 10, 2019.

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Contractors may view an instructional webinar for additional technical support for the Expansion RFA at

For Information for General Child Care Centers (CCTR) Bidders Conferences and Webinars, see:

Contact Information:

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

Program: Early Learning and Care Division,
Division: Early Learning & Care Division, 916-322-6233 (phone), 916-323-6853 (fax)

For Fiscal Apportionment Analyst Directory, see:

Agencies considering submitting a CCTR Expansion RFA must complete and send all required documentation to the following address:
California Department of Education
Early Learning and Care Division
Attention: Funding Application Unit
1430 N Street, Suite 3410
Sacramento, CA 95814-5901

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