Early Childhood Impact Fund

Introduction

On October 27, 2020, Harris County Commissioners Court approved the Early Childhood Impact Fund (ECIF), which will invest up to $10 million in programs and interventions with significant potential to dramatically improve early childhood outcomes in Harris County. We are looking for participation from service providers, organizations, researchers, and best-in-class early childhood programs that could lead to sustainable and scalable early childhood solutions for residents in the medium-to-long term.

Harris County will also engage a third-party evaluator to design and implement data collection systems and track program performance over the two-to-three-year funding period.

The goals of the Harris County Early Childhood Impact Fund are to:

    • Invest in the most promising, cost-effective, evidence-based solutions for improving early childhood outcomes in Harris County
    • Build a stronger, more seamless network of early childhood service providers
    • Prioritize rigorous data collection and evaluation
    • Create pathways to long-term, scalable impact for further investment

Harris County seeks proposals from public, private, and nonprofit entities for both the implementation of Early Childhood Impact Fund initiatives and evaluation of those initiatives. The deadline for submission for both RFPs is February 1, 2021.

Timeline

ECIF—timeline

Requests for Proposals (RFPs) Information

The RFPs for implementation and evaluation are found at the links below, and also online at bids.hctx.net/bso. The County’s Judge’s Office has also prepared brief explainers for each RFP.

We strongly encourage all interested parties to register at https://bids.hctx.net/bso/ and download the Proposal to receive any addenda to the RFP. If you have any questions about either RFP, feel free to contact Sandra Melancon at Harris County Purchasing at 713.274.4428 or at [email protected].

Information Sessions (Pre-Proposal Conference)

The County Judge’s Office will host two information sessions (pre-proposal conferences) on the Requests for Proposals (RFPs). Please sign-up in advance by emailing Sandra Melancon with Harris County Purchasing at [email protected] who will share the relevant call-in information.

    • Implementation: Tuesday, November 17th, 2:00 pm
    • Evaluation: Thursday, November 19th, 10:00 am

Questions may also be submitted digitally to Sandra Melancon at [email protected] by January 8, 2021. All questions submitted in writing prior to the deadline will be compiled, answered in writing, and shared with all potential RFP respondents.