A major responsibility of the district advisory council is to develop a process that allows community early childhood programs to apply for the opportunity to deliver CPP services. Participation in the CPP has often served as a catalyst for bringing public and private programs together to offer parents more and better choices.
One step in this process is to develop and issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) to the community (4.09 CCR). Sample RFPs may be located on the next page, Developing an RFP Process.
School districts are required to send out RFPs at least once every two years to assess whether alternative community providers are available.
There are experienced quality early childhood programs already in existence, many using the Colorado Quality Standards. Many are also funded by programs like Head Start, Special Education, Title I, Child Care Assistance Program or other potential CPP partners. Use of the Quality Standards by community early childhood programs means that the quality of care and education improves for all children.
We have this resource for potential community partners: Getting Started in the Colorado Preschool Program: A Guide for Early Care and Education Programs Interested in Becoming Community Partners