Request for Proposal: Washington State Child Care Industry Assessment
The Department of Commerce is currently offering an opportunity for firms to apply for a competitive funding solicitation to conduct research and analysis to support directives in Chapter 368, Laws of 2019 (2SHB 1344) and Chapter 369, Laws of 2019 (E2SHB 1391). This legislation requires Commerce, in collaboration with the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) and the Child Care Collaborative Task Force to contract with a third party to conduct extensive research that is to culminate in a strategy, timeline and implementation plan to reach the goal of affordable and accessible child care for all Washington families by 2025. Legislation also directs DCYF to analyze and make recommendations about adjusting the state’s child care subsidy program and early learning program. This solicitation includes research and analysis to support these directives. Firms with the experience indicated in the Request for Proposals are encouraged to apply. Applications are due Sept. 9 at 5 p.m. PST.