2020 Funding Opportunities

First Steps Kent is pleased to announce that the Ready by Five Millage will offer four funding opportunities this fall.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Additional Details can be found in the RFP. The deadline for proposals is Monday, October 12, 2020, at 1 p.m. ​Proposals will only be accepted in electronic format.

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.

Questions and Answers: Requests for clarification and interpretations of the RFP must be submitted online using this form by September 28, 2020, by 5 p.m. No questions will be accepted after that date.

Here are the questions and answers received as of September 28. First Steps Kent will post final answers by October 2, 2020, at 5 p.m. Check back here.

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