The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) of the District of Columbia (DC) seeks applications from child development center partners interested in joining a neighborhood-based technical assistance network. No financial awards will be directly awarded to successful applicants. Selected child development center partners will receive an increased reimbursement rate for subsidized child care services as noted below, training, technical assistance, and supports for participating families to meet and maintain federal Early Head Start (EHS) standards.
Eligible applicants include child development centers that currently meet the following requirements:
- Provide subsidized child care services to eligible children pursuant to a valid Provider Agreement with OSSE;
- Operate in Wards 7 or 8;
- Have a current Gold rating;
- Licensed to operate a child development facility by OSSE, have not been grandfathered in/as exempt from certain licensing standards, or received a waiver from any licensing requirements;
- Have participated in training or education programming to learn best practices in caring for infants and toddlers in the past two years; and
- Serve children between birth and age 3 whereby:
- At least 10 percent of the current children enrolled have an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP); and
- At least 50 percent of the current children enrolled are recipients of subsidized child care services.
OSSE, in partnership with the Bainum Family Foundation, is seeking applications from licensed child development center partners that want to be considered to join a neighborhood-based QIN. The network is led by a community-based organization that will serve as a hub. The hub agencies that operate the child development center network are United Planning Organization (UPO) and CentroNia.
This initiative extends a multi-year effort to improve and expand the quality of infant and toddler care in DC to approximately 95-100 infants and toddlers in Wards 7 and 8. In addition, child development center partners selected to join the Quality Improvement Network will benefit from the following:
- Reimbursement at the QIN payment rate for enrolled infants and toddlers in a child development center (see 5A District of Columbia Regulations (DCMR) § 203.1(e));
- Full subsidy reimbursement for QIN-eligible children based on enrollment and not daily attendance;
- Job-embedded, continuous, professional learning and technical assistance aligned to DC Early Learning Standards and EHS standards;
- Assistance with recruitment to fill vacancies and support with transitions to pre-Kindergarten; and
- Salary bonuses for teachers (stipends) and prioritization of QIN staff in programs supporting degree attainment.
The hub agencies are responsible for providing services and supports to participating child development center partners under the QIN and helping them meet the following goals:
- Implementation of the Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS) for serving infants, toddlers, and their families;
- Provide comprehensive child development services for all children that enhance their physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development; and
- Coordinate an array of services to families including parenting education and family support.
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