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Preschool Development Grant Statewide Strategic Plan Update Posted 9-30-19

A five-member review team from various parts of the state, met on Sept. 5 and again on Sept. 20 and came to consensus on four robust proposals from vendors interested in developing a comprehensive strategic plan for Alaska’s mixed delivery system of early childhood care and education focused on low-income, rural and vulnerable children from prenatal through age 8.

The teams’ final ratings were very close and each vendor offered unique ideas and special skills. Meetings have begun with the top-ranked vendor and an announcement will be made once a contract is finalized. The strategic plan will be underway in mid-October based on findings a statewide needs assessment also being coordinated by AASB for the Alaska Dept. of Education and Early Development. The plan will be guided by the Early Childhood Joint Task Force and the reactions and suggestions of parents, communities, educators, tribes, child care providers and other early childhood stakeholders. The Preschool Development Grant is funded by the US Dept. of Health and Human Services and the US Dept. of Education with matching funds from the AK Dept. of Education and Early Development.

Request for Proposals – Preschool Development Grant Strategic Plan Posted 8-14-19

AASB is soliciting proposals from highly qualified individuals or organizations to design a strategic planning process and write a comprehensive, collaborative statewide strategic plan for Alaska’s mixed delivery system of early childhood care and learning for low-income, disadvantaged, and rural Alaska children ages prenatal through 8 and their families. Interested vendors can access the RFP here. Proposals are due no later than 5pm, Friday, August 30, 2019. A pre-proposal webinar will be offered to answer vendor questions on Mon. August 19, 2019 at 10:30am Alaska time. For information, contact Betsy Brenneman, Preschool Development Grant Coordinator, bbrenneman@nullaasb.org, 907-463-1676 or 907-463-1660 (main).

Statewide Early Childhood Needs Assessment Underway Posted 8-12-19

McDowell Group of Juneau and Anchorage has been selected by AASB to conduct a comprehensive statewide needs assessment of Alaska’s mixed delivery system of early care and learning services primarily for low-income, rural and disadvantaged children ages prenatal through eight and their families. Funding is from the federal Preschool Development Grant B-5 (PDG) to the Alaska Dept. of Education and Early Development (DEED) which signed an agreement with AASB to coordinate grant activities. The needs assessment along with stakeholder and community input will form the basis of a statewide strategic plan intended to maximize availability of early childhood care and education options for families, improve quality, streamline administrative infrastructure, facilitate collaboration among existing programs, and improve funding efficiencies. For more information contact Betsy Brenneman, PDG Coordinator, bbrenneman@nullaasb.org

Preschool Development Grant Needs Assessment Update Posted 7-16-19

On July 11, a five-member review team from various parts of the state, met, rated and came to consensus on three robust proposals from vendors interested in conducting a needs assessment of Alaska’s mixed delivery system of early childhood care and education focusing on low-income, disadvantaged and rural children. The final ratings were very close and each vendor offered unique ideas and special skills. Meetings are beginning with the top-ranked vendor and an announcement will be made once a contract is finalized. The needs assessment will form the backbone of a statewide early childhood strategic plan which also will be coordinated by AASB. The Preschool Development Grant is funded by the US Dept. of Health and Human Services and the US Dept. of Education with matching funds from the AK Dept. of Education and Early Development.

Request for Proposals Open – Preschool Development Grant Needs Assessment

AASB is soliciting proposals from highly qualified individuals or organizations to conduct a comprehensive statewide needs assessment of the mixed delivery system of early care and learning services for low-income, disadvantaged and rural Alaska children ages birth to five. Interested vendors can access the RFP here. Proposals are due no later than 5pm, Monday, July 8, 2019. A pre-proposal webinar will be offered to answer questions from interested vendors on Fri. June 14, 2019 at 10:00am Alaska Time. For information contact Betsy Brenneman, Preschool Development Grant Coordinator, bbrenneman@nullaasb.org, 907-463-1676 or 907-463-1660 (main).

Webinars

8-19-19 Zoom Pre-Proposal Meeting – PDG Strategic Plan

6-14-19 Zoom Pre-proposal Meeting – PDG Needs Assessment

5-23-19 Zoom PDG Update

RFPs

8-26-19 Q & As – Answers to Vendor Questions about the RFP for the PDG Strategic Plan

8-13-19 PDG Strategic Plan RFP FINAL

8-13-19 PDG Needs Assess Domains Key Questions

8-7-19 Anticipated Timeline and Tasks for the PDG Early Childhood Needs Assessment

6-26-19 Q & As – Answers to Vendor Questions about the RFP for the PDG Needs Assessment

6-11-19 PDG Needs Assessment RFP FINAL 6-11-19

Resources

Examples of strategic plans from other states:

North Carolina Early Childhood Action Plan Report

Colorado Early Childhood Framework

Philadelphia Citywide Plan to Improve Early Learning

Raise Up Oregon Plan 2019-2023

Michigan – Great Start – Great Investment – Great_Future

New Mexico Early Childhood – Business Plan Report

Washington State – Early Learning Plan, Executive Summary

Hawaii – Early Childhood State Plan Comprehensive

CA Blue Ribbon Commission – FinalReport – April 2019

Montana Strategic Plan 2019-2024