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Three organizations selected to provide individualized behavioral and developmental support services for the Seattle Preschool Program

The Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) has
selected three organizations to provide individualized behavioral support and
child development services to
early learning providers participating in the Seattle Preschool Program (SPP)
and SPP Pathway.

Funded
by the voter-approved Families, Education, Preschool and Promise Levy, DEEL has
approximately $400,000 available to contract with qualified organizations in
2020. The goal of this
new investment is to ensure that all children can fully participate in
their high-quality, early learning classroom.

The three organizations
approved for the Comprehensive Support Services roster include:

  • Childhaven: Childhaven offers a continuum of services to young children
    and their families, including early learning (ECEAP and Head Start), early intervention,
    and counseling for children ages birth through thirteen. Childhaven also
    pioneers the Flourish program, which combines classroom-based therapeutic early
    learning services for children ages birth to six with the Wraparound with
    Intensive Services (WISe) model. 
  • Sound Child Care Solutions: Sound Child Care
    Solutions (SCCS) creates high-quality, culturally relevant education for all
    children and offers unique and personalized services to families, especially
    families of color and those living in poverty.
  • University of Washington Haring Center: The University of Washington Haring
    Center for Inclusive Education provides early childhood education to
    children with and without disabilities, conducts leading-edge
    research to advance inclusive learning, and trains education
    professionals in proven practices to develop every child’s potential.

Currently, SPP and SPP Pathway providers receive coaching from DEEL staff and consultation from Public Health-Seattle and King County (PHSKC) on a regular basis. With the creation of this roster, identified organizations are eligible to work with preschool teachers who need additional and intensive coaching beyond what their agency’s resources, DEEL’s coaches, and PHSKC mental health consultants can provide.

As a
child’s needs are identified, preschool providers will work with DEEL
staff to choose an organization from the Comprehensive Support Services RFQ
roster to best meet the child’s identified need. The selected organization will
then develop a proposed scope of work, schedule, and fee based on the preschool
agency’s approved needs. This
may include daily support over a period of several weeks to
help the teacher improve their instructional strategies and effectiveness in
supporting all children.

Specific services provided
for preschool teachers may include:

  • Behavioral
    supports
  • Developmental
    supports
  • Trauma-informed
    practice
  • Social-emotional
    instruction

Applications to this competitive Request for Qualifications (RFQ) were reviewed by a three-member panel which included a community representative and staff from PHSKC and DEEL. Inclusion on the roster does not guarantee work or funding to the agency but will permit DEEL to directly contract with the agency to provide prescribed classroom-based supports to SPP agencies.

NOTE: The roster is not a comprehensive list of
individuals or organizations providing early learning behavioral and/or
developmental support services in Seattle.

DEEL will continue to
recruit and promote the Comprehensive Supports RFQ to grow this roster. A
second call for applicants is anticipated later in 2020. Organizations interested in learning more about the roster
process can visit DEEL’s funding opportunities website.

Approved
by Seattle voters on November 6, 2018, the seven-year, $619 million Families,
Education, Preschool, and Promise (FEPP) Levy will partner with families and
communities to advance educational equity, close opportunity gaps, and build a
better economic future for Seattle students.