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Request for Proposals FY2021-2022 and FY2022-2023

Posted on: November 5th, 2020 by Kim Radcliffe

The Guilford County Partnership for Children, Inc. (GCPC) is seeking qualified organizations with expertise in early childhood to support our local community with evidence based or evidence informed services for children birth to five and their families. 

RFA Release Date:  November 9, 2020
Bidders’ Conference:November 9, 2020 – 9:00 Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 820 2682 6549   Find your local number:
Submit Questions to:Susan Brady
Deadline to submit questions:December 7, 2020 – 5:00 p.m.
Deadline for Proposals:Monday, December 14, 2020 – 5:00 p.m.
Electronic Submission to:Attention: Susan Brady
Applicant presentations to grant review committee:  January 11, 2021 – Times TBD
Grant Award notices:March 16, 2021

Applications should be submitted in electronic format no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday December 14, 2020. Late applications will not be accepted. Faxed applications will not be accepted.



Smart Start is North Carolina’s nationally recognized and award-winning early childhood initiative designed to ensure that every young child living in North Carolina enters school healthy and ready to succeed.  The Guilford County Partnership for Children is the local non-profit organization that administers Smart Start funds in Guilford County.  We collaborate with existing programs and support the creation of new ones to measurably strengthen families and improve the lives of children.

Purpose of the Request

Experiences during early childhood literally shape the structure of an individual’s brain. Because today’s children are tomorrow’s leaders everyone has a stake in making sure that all children have the experiences they need to thrive. Providing support to the programs and people who are involved in a young child’s life—families, teachers, doctors, caregivers, social workers, and many others is a way to ensure every child has all they need for healthy growth and development. 

GCPC has identified Guilford County’s Early Childhood community needs as: 

  • Early Care and Education – Quality and Workforce:  Increasing the quality of infant/toddler early care and education. (Roughly 36% of our County’s infants and toddlers do NOT receive high quality early care.)
  • Family Support:  Family-focused programs that improve parenting and promote involvement.  Some ways these can help ensure children’s success are, parent education programs that give parents tools to increase their knowledge of early childhood development and positive parenting practices, as well as home visiting programs to help new parents and parents-to-be by providing education, information and resources.     
  • Health:  Increasing prenatal and infant/toddler access to healthcare and working with providers, health departments, families, and communities to improve the health and safety for young children (28% of children in Guilford County enrolled in Medicaid are NOT receiving well-child visits), increase healthy weight (33% ) of Guilford children are NOT at a healthy weight), and ensure that more children are screened for developmental delays and referred to services for help before they start school.
  • Kindergarten Readiness:  Academic and social-emotional readiness including but not limited to expansion of early literacy programs. 

Guilford County Partnership for Children is seeking proposals from programs that are interested in providing services that support the quality and availability of early childhood services that address the needs of children from pre-natal to age five, their families and/or caregivers.  GCPC’s funding priorities include interventions that address the following:

  • pre-natal and infant/toddler needs including infant mortality, healthy birth weight and quality care
  • increasing children’s healthy weight and well-child checkups
  • home visiting programs that focus on parent child relationships
  • promoting social and emotional wellness,
  • educating everyone on the importance of early brain development
  • literacy programs that will assist in increasing pre-literacy skills

Supplemental Links

Smart Start EB/EI Ratings Guide

Guilford Early Childhood Profile

Scoring Rubric

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