Deadline extended to November 9, 2018!

Berks County Intermediate Unit (BCIU) in coordination with the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) and the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission (PAELIC) is currently accepting proposals to investigate the cost of providing high quality early care and education across Pennsylvania.

Part I of this project, CHILD CARE FUNDING & FINANCE IN PENNSYLVANIA: Budgeting for Survival or Paying for the True Cost of Quality? conducted by Research for Action found that:

  • Infant and toddler care is more expensive than PreK or school age care
  • Current revenue streams and reimbursement rates are inadequate to cover the cost of infant and toddler care and as a result provider are opting to serve more preschoolers and fewer infants and toddlers.
  • Compensation in child care programs is low leading to heavy turnover and hiring of less-qualified staff.

Knowing that infant toddler care is expensive, and our current financing system is inadequate to cover the costs of quality leading to further decline in quality visa vi low wages, turnover, and less qualified workforce, Part II of this study aims to answer the question how much would it cost to support high quality care across Pennsylvania.

Part II will build upon the previous work, using a much more robust data set to estimate the true cost of high quality care compared to care that meets minimum standards and how those costs vary across regions.

The findings from Part II will help inform the evolution of Pennsylvania’s child care financing and quality systems to enable the greatest access to high quality care for the most at risk children.

This Request for Proposal represents the requirements for an open and competitive process.  Proposals will be accepted until 5pm EST November 9, 2018. View the Cost of Quality RFP for more info.