REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

RELEASE DATE:  24 JANUARY 2019

•1.      INTRODUCTION:

 

This is a Request for Information (RFI) only and does not constitute a commitment, implied or otherwise, that the Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) will take procurement action in this matter. Further, CNIC will not be responsible for any cost incurred in furnishing this information.

This RFI is being used to gather market research for CNIC to make decisions regarding child care in both military and private sector operated child care programs. Navy Children Youth Programs is seeking expressions of interest and a statement of capabilities from any public or private organization that is interested in securing child care services and is capable of providing child care infrastructure capacity.

•2.      BACKGROUND:

The Navy Child & Youth Program (CYP) supports military and Department of Defense (DoD) families worldwide as they protect and serve our country. We do this by providing high quality, innovative, accessible, and affordable child care that supports school readiness, and recreational programs for military and children and youth world-wide.

A leader in child care reform, Navy CYP has aggressively responded to the requirements of the 1989 Military Child Care Act (MCCA) by raising the bar for quality expectations, increasing performance and outcomes criteria, and investing in critical resources including personnel, professional development, facilities, and technology. Today, Navy CYP is known and well-respected for the tremendous impact it has had on the entire early childhood and youth services landscape-not just for military child care and the families it serves, but also for children and families who participate in non-military operated programs.

The MCCA was a pivotal moment for military child care. Congress passed the MCCA in response to great concern over the lack of quality and accessibility of child care for military families.  The MCCA became the catalyst for a complete transformation of military child care, and focused on improving the quality, affordability, and accessibility of military child care by:

•·         Requiring the development and implementation of comprehensive standards;

•·         Establishing national accreditation requirements;

•·         Enforcing licensing mandates through a rigorous inspection and annual certification process;

•·         Creating an effective and efficient child care subsidy system to reduce the financial burden on military families, and implementing a sliding fee scale based on family income;

•·         Improving wages for staff;

•·         Strengthening training and professional development, including providing designated Training Specialists to support training and curriculum development;

•·         Developing an effective inspection system, including unannounced inspection visits and closure for noncompliance.

Today, Navy CYP operates over 40,000 child care spaces world-wide through 237 Navy owned Child Development facilities, Navy certified Family Child Care Homes, and through subsidized commercial child care facilities throughout the United States that meet MCCA requirements.  We manage our requests for care and waiting list through MilitaryChildCare.com that provides eligible families with all locations that are part of the DoD network of military child care including real-time anticipated wait times for care.

Within Accomack County, there has historically been lack of available, affordable, quality child care spaces in both military and private sector operated child care programs. 

•3.      NAVY COMMUNITY BASED CHILDCARE PROGRAM (CBC): 

 

Navy CYP seeks to partner with private sector organizations in order to increase capacity and quality of child care for Wallops Island, Accomack County, Virginia.   The Navy is in the position to provide child care services including comprehensive program management, staffing, equipment and supplies and would like to explore opportunities where this service could be provided to children in a facility sponsored by a proposing organizations.  This effort is called Community Based Childcare (CBC).    Proposing entities will be responsible for fixed assets, building supplies, playground equipment and other operational and physical requirements.  The benefitting population of children who will receive child care services under the CBC will be both military and DoD civilian children and children deemed eligible by the private sector participating entity.

 

The Navy proposes to provide child care services meeting operating requirements described in "Informational Resources" section below that include the following features:

•a)      All providers coming into direct contact with children are subject to thorough background checks;

•b)      Daily childcare and development services by trained and certified early childhood professionals;

•c)      Service Hours: Monday - Friday 0600-1800;

•d)      Established early childhood curriculum;

•e)      Annual program inspections by Navy Early Childhood Specialists;

•f)       Meet early childhood learning standards, via National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC);

•g)      Provide a comprehensive inclusion program to support children with special needs;

•h)      Developmentally appropriate classrooms furniture and supplies, including consumables;

•i)       Established parent fees based on total family income;

•j)       Food service program that meets USDA standards.

In order to be considered for participation in the CBC Program, interested organizations must provide a space that meets or exceed the following criteria:

•a)      Meet all federal, state and DOD criteria for providing childcare;

•b)      CBC must meet Unified Facilities Criteria for Military Child Development Centers (For details see #2 below);

•c)      All child care spaces must be located in the Accomack County Area, Virginia within a reasonable commuting range of Wallops Island;

•d)      A minimum of 25 dedicated spaces   available for Military/DOD civilian children ages 0-5;

•e)      Entities will be required to provide proof of adequate liability insurance.

 4. INFORMATIONAL RESOURCES:  

•a)       Military Child Care Act - 

•b)      https://elibrary.cnic-n9portal.netDoD Unified Facilities Criteria for "Military Child Development Centers" -

•c)       https://elibrary.cnic-n9portal.net _

•d)      DoDINST 6060.2 "Military Child Development Programs" - https://elibrary.cnic-n9portal.net

•e)      DoDINST 1402.5 "Background Checks for Individuals Working with Children"  - https://elibrary.cnic-n9portal.net

 

5. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE:

 

 Contract term length is negotiable.

 

6. TYPE OF CONTRACT:

 

The Navy intends to utilize firm fixed-price contract type and reserves the right to make multiple awards in order to meet its child care needs.

 

7.  INDUSTRY DAY:

 

An industry day will be held to provide a forum for question, answer, and clarification.  The Parties interested in attending the industry day session should RSVP via email to Madeleine McAdoo at madeleine.mcadoo@navy.mil no later than February 19, 2019.   Interested parties will then be provided with the specific location and time of the industry day session.

 

8. QUESTIONS:

 

Questions regarding this announcement must be submitted in writing by email to Jovencia Williams, CNIC Contracting Officer at jovencia.williams@navy.mil.  

 

9. RESPONSES:

 

Responses to this RFI should not exceed twenty (20) pages and must contain the following information:

•a)      Contact Information:

            Name of the primary point of contact for the response

            Business title

            Email Address

            Phone No.

 

Responses to this RFI must be submitted no later than 4:30 P.M. (EST), on March 29, 2019.

 

Deadline Date2033-03-29
Publication Date2019-03-01
CountryUnited States of America
Procurement StatusAmended
OrganisationDepartment of the Navy
Attention OfJovencia V. Williams , Contract Specialist, Fax 901-874-2073, Email jovencia.williams@navy.mil
AddressCode 091, Bldg S-456 5722 Integrity Drive Millington TN 38054
Class Code99: Miscellaneous
Class DescriptionMiscellaneous
SourceFederal Business Opportunities (FBO)

Version of 2019-01-24

This RFI is being used to gather market research for CNIC to make decisions regarding child care in both military and private sector operated child care programs. HDQMWR-19-I-0006.

 

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

RELEASE DATE:  24 JANUARY 2019

•1.      INTRODUCTION:

 

This is a Request for Information (RFI) only and does not constitute a commitment, implied or otherwise, that the Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) will take procurement action in this matter. Further, CNIC will not be responsible for any cost incurred in furnishing this information.

This RFI is being used to gather market research for CNIC to make decisions regarding child care in both military and private sector operated child care programs. Navy Children Youth Programs is seeking expressions of interest and a statement of capabilities from any public or private organization that is interested in securing child care services and is capable of providing child care infrastructure capacity.

•2.      BACKGROUND:

The Navy Child & Youth Program (CYP) supports military and Department of Defense (DoD) families worldwide as they protect and serve our country. We do this by providing high quality, innovative, accessible, and affordable child care that supports school readiness, and recreational programs for military and children and youth world-wide.

A leader in child care reform, Navy CYP has aggressively responded to the requirements of the 1989 Military Child Care Act (MCCA) by raising the bar for quality expectations, increasing performance and outcomes criteria, and investing in critical resources including personnel, professional development, facilities, and technology. Today, Navy CYP is known and well-respected for the tremendous impact it has had on the entire early childhood and youth services landscape-not just for military child care and the families it serves, but also for children and families who participate in non-military operated programs.

The MCCA was a pivotal moment for military child care. Congress passed the MCCA in response to great concern over the lack of quality and accessibility of child care for military families.  The MCCA became the catalyst for a complete transformation of military child care, and focused on improving the quality, affordability, and accessibility of military child care by:

•·         Requiring the development and implementation of comprehensive standards;

•·         Establishing national accreditation requirements;

•·         Enforcing licensing mandates through a rigorous inspection and annual certification process;

•·         Creating an effective and efficient child care subsidy system to reduce the financial burden on military families, and implementing a sliding fee scale based on family income;

•·         Improving wages for staff;

•·         Strengthening training and professional development, including providing designated Training Specialists to support training and curriculum development;

•·         Developing an effective inspection system, including unannounced inspection visits and closure for noncompliance.

Today, Navy CYP operates over 40,000 child care spaces world-wide through 237 Navy owned Child Development facilities, Navy certified Family Child Care Homes, and through subsidized commercial child care facilities throughout the United States that meet MCCA requirements.  We manage our requests for care and waiting list through MilitaryChildCare.com that provides eligible families with all locations that are part of the DoD network of military child care including real-time anticipated wait times for care.

Within the National Capital Region, there has historically been lack of available, affordable, quality child care spaces in both military and private sector operated child care programs. 

•3.      NAVY COMMUNITY BASED CHILDCARE PROGRAM (CBC): 

 

Navy CYP seeks to partner with private sector organizations in order to increase capacity and quality of child care for Wallops Island, Accomack County, Virginia.   The Navy is in the position to provide child care services including comprehensive program management, staffing, equipment and supplies and would like to explore opportunities where this service could be provided to children in a facility sponsored by a proposing organizations.  This effort is called Community Based Childcare (CBC).    Proposing entities will be responsible for fixed assets, building supplies, playground equipment and other operational and physical requirements.  The benefitting population of children who will receive child care services under the CBC will be both military and DoD civilian children and children deemed eligible by the private sector participating entity.

 

The Navy proposes to provide child care services meeting operating requirements described in "Informational Resources" section below that include the following features:

•a)      All providers coming into direct contact with children are subject to thorough background checks;

•b)      Daily childcare and development services by trained and certified early childhood professionals;

•c)      Service Hours: Monday - Friday 0600-1800;

•d)      Established early childhood curriculum;

•e)      Annual program inspections by Navy Early Childhood Specialists;

•f)       Meet early childhood learning standards, via National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC);

•g)      Provide a comprehensive inclusion program to support children with special needs;

•h)      Developmentally appropriate classrooms furniture and supplies, including consumables;

•i)       Established parent fees based on total family income;

•j)       Food service program that meets USDA standards.

In order to be considered for participation in the CBC Program, interested organizations must provide a space that meets or exceed the following criteria:

•a)      Meet all federal, state and DOD criteria for providing childcare;

•b)      CBC must meet Unified Facilities Criteria for Military Child Development Centers (For details see #2 below);

•c)      All child care spaces must be located in the Accomack County Area, Virginia within a reasonable commuting range of Wallops Island;

•d)      A minimum of 25 dedicated spaces   available for Military/DOD civilian children ages 0-5;

•e)      Entities will be required to provide proof of adequate liability insurance.

 4. INFORMATIONAL RESOURCES:  

•a)       Military Child Care Act - 

•b)      https://elibrary.cnic-n9portal.netDoD Unified Facilities Criteria for "Military Child Development Centers" -

•c)       https://elibrary.cnic-n9portal.net _

•d)      DoDINST 6060.2 "Military Child Development Programs" - https://elibrary.cnic-n9portal.net

•e)      DoDINST 1402.5 "Background Checks for Individuals Working with Children"  - https://elibrary.cnic-n9portal.net

 

5. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE:

 

 Contract term length is negotiable.

 

6. TYPE OF CONTRACT:

 

The Navy intends to utilize firm fixed-price contract type and reserves the right to make multiple awards in order to meet its child care needs.

 

7.  INDUSTRY DAY:

 

An industry day will be held to provide a forum for question, answer, and clarification.  The Parties interested in attending the industry day session should RSVP via email to Madeleine McAdoo at madeleine.mcadoo@navy.mil no later than February 19, 2019.   Interested parties will then be provided with the specific location and time of the industry day session.

 

8. QUESTIONS:

 

Questions regarding this announcement must be submitted in writing by email to Jovencia Williams, CNIC Contracting Officer at jovencia.williams@navy.mil.  

 

9. RESPONSES:

 

Responses to this RFI should not exceed twenty (20) pages and must contain the following information:

•a)      Contact Information:

            Name of the primary point of contact for the response

            Business title

            Email Address

            Phone No.

 

Responses to this RFI must be submitted no later than 4:30 P.M. (EST), on March 29, 2019.

 

Deadline Date2033-03-29
Publication Date2019-01-24
CountryUnited States of America
Procurement StatusActive
OrganisationDepartment of the Navy
Attention OfJovencia V. Williams , Contract Specialist, Fax 901-874-2073, Email jovencia.williams@navy.mil
AddressCode 091, Bldg S-456 5722 Integrity Drive Millington TN 38054
Class Code99: Miscellaneous
Class DescriptionMiscellaneous
SourceFederal Business Opportunities (FBO)

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