2020 Funding Opportunities

First Steps Kent offered four funding opportunities this fall for the Ready by Five Early Childhood Millage. The proposal deadline was Monday, October 12. However, we will leave these RFPs up for reference. 

Funding Opportunity 1: Outreach and Navigation

Outreach and Navigation programs reach out to and engage expectant parents and parents of young children, with a strategic focus on those with the highest needs. This Request for Proposals (RFP) will encourage agencies who have experience reaching, supporting, and connecting families currently engaged with an intervention-type service such as child welfare services, housing insecurity, a program serving at-risk adults with young children -or- agencies may propose how families with a very specialized or specific need may be served within their proposal. More details here - RFP 1: Outreach and Navigation.

    Funding Opportunity 2: Healthy Development

    Programs support expecting mothers and their young children to ensure they have access to comprehensive, coordinated care that maximizes the child’s physical and emotional health and have regular screenings to identify developmental delays, disabilities, and emotional challenges. This RFP will specifically encourage responding agencies to submit proposals addressing one or more of the following: a) having a focus on healthy birth outcomes; and/or b) address physical distancing requirements and parent preference to have alternatives to in-person support while offering solutions of how to reach and serve children and their parents in innovative ways using evidence-informed practices and focusing on child health, wellbeing and ensuring children are developmentally on track. More details here - RFP 2: Healthy Development.

      Funding Opportunity 3: Healthy Development- Fetal Infant Mortality Review Network Lead Agency

      To ensure services are addressing the social, equity, economic, and health factors that contribute to healthy births in Kent County, Ready by Five is requesting proposals to select one (1) organization to lead the implementation and ongoing management of the Fetal Infant Mortality Review Board for Kent County. More details here - RFP 3: Healthy Development - Fetal Infant Mortality Review Network Lead Agency.

        Funding Opportunity 4: Parent Support and Education

        This category funds programs that ensure parents have the knowledge and skills to support their children’s health, development, and learning. Services provide in-home and/or community-based support and education. This RFP will specifically offer the opportunity for agencies that offer translation services (in-person, telephone, and written) to apply. Services will be offered to families enrolled in Ready by Five. Languages needed include, but are not limited to Spanish, Nepali, Kinyarwanda, Serbo-Croatian, Swahili. More details here - RFP 4: Parent Support – Translation and Interpretation Services.

        Thank you to all who joined us at the Ready by Five Pre-Proposal Conferences. If you were unable to join us, you can view the slide deck here and a recording of the Conference here. The question and answer period for the RFPs closed on September 28. Here are the final questions we received and the answers.

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