Request for Qualifications: OECE Pilot Innovation Fund (RFQ #800)

The San Francisco Office of Early Care and Education (OECE) is pleased to announce the release of Request for Qualifications for the OECE Pilot Innovation Fund (RFQ #800 issued in partnership with the City & County of San Francisco’s Human Services Agency). The RFQ is available at this link:

The OECE Pilot Innovation Fund aims to test new ideas with a focus on results related to one  or more of the six impact areas from the San Francisco Citywide Plan for Early Care and Education, which are:

1) Birth to Five Approach
2) Racial Equality and Diversity
3) Quality Improvement
4) Family Engagement
5) Professional Development and Workforce
6) Financing Models

Proposals must seek to serve one or more of the following target participants:

  • Families with children ages 0 to 5 who participate in early care and education services delivered in the City & County of San Francisco
  • Low-income families with children ages 0 to 5 who participate in early care and education services delivered in the City & County of San Francisco.
  • OECE’s “Target Population” families which include: low-income African American children, low-income Latino children, low-income English Language Learners, families who are homeless, children at-risk of abuse and/or neglect or involved with child welfare, and children with identified special needs or disabilities.
  • The approximately 325 direct service child care organizations that OECE funds, and the staff that work or could work in these organizations.

Applicants must identify which of the six impact areas are expected to be improved through the proposed idea. Promising new approaches in each area are encouraged.  Given current workforce conditions, proposals in the Professional Development and Workforce impact area which seek to improve San Francisco’s early educator recruitment, retention, and promotion strategies will be given priority. Given the focus on new and promising ideas, applicants may not seek funding for services which are already funded by OECE or any other public or private funders.

The estimated funding amount available for this RFQ is $250,000 – $700,000 for an estimated three to six one-time pilot fund grants. These grants are intended to be seed funding for one year, and not a source of ongoing funding. Grants will have a tentative term from June 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019. Applicants need to address how their efforts would be sustained past this OECE grant term.

The deadline for proposals is April 20, 2018 @ 3pm PT. A pre-proposal conference will be held on April 10, 2018 from 2-4pm at the OECE office, 1650 Mission Street, Suite 312.

For more information or questions about this funding opportunity, please contact Elizabeth Léone, Office of Contract Management , San Francisco Human Services Agency at OECE staff are not permitted to answer any specific questions about this RFQ.

Request for Proposals: Help Me Grow Early Care and Education Initiative

The Office of Early Care and Education, First 5 San Francisco, and the City’s Department of Children Youth and Their Families, are seeking an experienced entity to oversee, implement, and enhance over time the county’s Help Me Grow (HMG) Early Care and Education Initiative. This entity will implement a system for early care and education that aligns with the National HMG framework and: promotes administration and tracking of developmental screens; educates and engages programs and families in utilizing screening results; ensures a coordinated response to identified concerns; and offers systems navigation and family support for high-risk developmental concerns.

Annual funding of $1,000,000 has been allocated for this project for a two-year period with up to (3) three one-year renewals pending funding availability.

The RFQ may be viewed at or picked up in person 9 am – 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday, at First 5 San Francisco, 1390 Market St, Suite 318, San Francisco. A non-mandatory bidder’s conference will take place on March 19, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at 1390 Market St., San Francisco, Suite 1125.  The closing date for the submission of applications is 4:00 p.m. SHARP on Monday, April 16, 2018. Guidelines and restrictions are noted in the RFQ.

For more information, contact Theresa Zighera (

NOFA #774: Eastern Neighborhoods IPIC Capital New Development Grant

Appendix A: Eastern Neighborhoods Planning Areas Map
Appendix B: Easter Neighborhoods IPIC Capital New Development Grant Application

The San Francisco Office of Early Care and Education (OECE) in partnership with the San Francisco Human Services Agency (SF-HSA) is making funding available to qualified early care and education operators, within the Eastern Neighborhoods area plan boundaries, to increase the number of early care and education slots for 0-5 year olds available to San Francisco families.

Mission Bay South – Block 6 West Early Care and Education Center RFP

Mercy Housing, in conjunction with OECE, is inviting written Requests for Proposals (RFP), on or before October 9, 2017 for consideration in the selection of a non-profit early care and education operator, located at Mission Bay South Block 6 West (the site is in the Mission Bay neighborhood bounded by Mission Bay Boulevard, Merrimac Street, and China Basin Street).

Please click the link above to see the complete RFP which includes full details regarding this project, applicant requirements and the operator selection process.