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The stakes for employment are high for all San Diegans but they are heightened for parents with dependent children and anyone whose family members depend on their income. Many working parents are struggling in our workforce, with wages insufficient to cover the cost of living in our region; schedules unpredictable and inconsistent with school, elder care and child care schedules; and affordable child care exceedingly difficult to find. The pandemic has exacerbated these realities.

Traditional workforce development programs focus on the individual but fail to harness the full family’s potential. By shifting to a 2-generation approach, the San Diego Workforce Partnership (the Workforce Partnership) aims for family economic security through family-friendly employment while also working with partners to ensure that children’s growth and development is supported.

The Workforce Partnership seeks to procure one or more vendors to provide child care for clients in its County of San Diego-funded programs (School Break Externships & Southeastern San Diego Live Well Job Training). The Workforce Partnership will be curating a child care vendor list from this RFP to provide program participants who need care for their child(ren) in order to participate in the training, internship and employment events of the County programs.

The successful respondent(s) may be asked to provide high quality child care for individuals participating in one of the below County programs through May 2022, though the Workforce Partnership does not guarantee any amount of work. Program participants who need a child care provider will select from a list of vendors procured from this RFP. The Workforce Partnership will connect program participants to the child care provider to complete enrollment steps and provide payment to any vendors who are selected.

Through both County programs the Workforce Partnership serves 16-24 year old participants from all over San Diego County that meet CSBG income requirements (at or below the Federal Poverty Level). This funding goes further to serve young parents’ child care needs who would otherwise not be able to participate in the training, internship and employment events because of a lack of child care coverage. Provided that we are able to accomplish these near-term goals, we expect to expand the child care offering to job seekers throughout our programming. Below are the County programs with corresponding anticipated timelines and number of child care hours per participant (including travel time for parent) needed:

FY21 School Break Externship Spring Cohort: up to 36 total hours

  • Training & Work Experience dates:
    • Saturday, February 27, 2021: up to 7 hours for Advanced Training
    • Saturday, March 20: up to 5 hours for Hiring & Employer Meet & Greet Event
    • Various dates during Spring Break, March 21-April 9, 2021: up to 24 hours for Work Experience

FY21 Live Well Internship: up to 50 total hours

  • Training date: March-June 2021

FY22 School Break Externship Winter cohort: up to 36 total hours

  • Training & Work Experience dates: November-December 2021 (exact dates tbd)
  • Follows same model as FY21 School Break Externship Spring cohort

FY22 School Break Externship Spring cohort: up to 36 total hours

  • Training & Work Experience dates: late February-early April 2022 (exact dates tbd)
  • Follows same model as FY21 School Break Externship Spring cohort

Funding for these services is provided through supplemental Community Services Block Grants (CSBG) funding via the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act, signed into law on March 27, 2020, included CSBG funding to address and eliminate economic barriers and hardship that individuals and families are experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The intent of the supplemental CSBG CARES funding is to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic; carrying out activities for the reduction of poverty, the revitalization of low-income communities, and the empowerment of low-income individuals to achieve economic self-sufficiency.

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The Workforce Partnership must receive proposals no later than January 11, 2021 at 5 p.m. PT. PDF versions of written and signed proposals should be sent to procurement@workforce.org with the title of “Child Care on County of San Diego Programs – [name of bidder] response”. Late proposals will not be accepted.


RFP Issued

December 11, 2021

Final Day to Submit Questions

January 6, 2021

Proposals Due

January 11, 2021

Respondent Interviews

January 19, 2021

Evaluation Completion

January 25, 2021

Anticipated Award Notification

February 1, 2021

Contract Start

February 12, 2021

Frequently asked questions:

Q: What is the total amount of funding available to support this effort?

A: The amount of funding will be based on the needs demonstrated by the participants in each program at the time of program enrollment. Respondents should provide real costs for their services and identify the rate (hourly/daily/weekly/monthly).

Q: How many children do you anticipate being served? Also, is there an estimate for the number of preschool (0-5 year olds) and the number of school-aged children?

A: We are unable to estimate the amount of children or their ages at this time.

Q: Are there preferred areas/neighborhoods for services to be provided?

A: Participants in the School Break Externship program may live in any part of San Diego County, however there is a preference to serving Southeastern San Diego, which includes the neighborhoods of Alta Vista, Bay Terraces, Barrio Logan, Broadway Heights, Chollas View, Emerald Hills, Encanto, Jamacha/Lomita, Lincoln Park, Logan Heights, Mount Hope, Mountain View, Oak Park, O’Farrell, Paradise Hills, Ridgeview/Webster, Shelltown, Skyline, Skyline Hills, Southcrest, and Valencia Park. Participants in the Live Well Program must live in the Southeastern San Diego neighborhoods referenced above.

Q: Can a vendor offer to provide Monday-Friday child care even if they are unable to meet the need for Saturday care?

A: Yes.

Q: Can a vendor offer to provide some weeks of care even if they are unable to meet the need for all weeks identified?

A: Yes.

Q: What is the average number of participants involved in each of the cohorts?

A: There will be approximately 100 participants in the School Break Externship Program and approximately 60 participants in the Live Well Program.

Q: We are state funded and get paid through California Department of education. Our families have to qualify based on income and need. How would payment work in that scenario?

A: Participants in both County programs must meet the current CSBG income eligibility guidelines which can be found here.

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