FY20 Early Childhood Support Organization (ECSO) Providers

Deadline for Applications: January 8, 2020 by 3:00 PM

Contract description

The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) is soliciting Bidders to establish Early Childhood Support Organizations (ECSOs) across the state.  EEC is launching the ECSO Initiative through a public-private partnership with New Profit, a venture philanthropy organization.  The successful bidders will contract with EEC to provide program quality improvement support to EEC-licensed center based and family child care programs. The ECSO initiative is designed to positively impact an estimated 800 classrooms over five years through targeted instructional leadership coaching and training services that support capacity building to facilitate job embedded professional learning for classroom educators aligned with the goals of the Massachusetts Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS).

EEC expects to award up to four (4) contracts to establish ECSOs across the state as early as February 2020.  EEC and New Profit expect selected organizations to work within an ambitious timeline, with initial development to begin immediately after the execution of the contract, and toward the goal of enrollment of EEC programs beginning July 1, 2020 for pre-service activities that will allow full implementation of services to commence by September 2020.

Who can apply

This is a competitive contract open to all vendors that are able to demonstrate through the submission of a successful application that they meet the priorities and required services as outlined in the Request for Response (RFR).

Eligibility requirements

Please refer to the FY2020 Early Childhood Support Organization (ECSO) Application for the list of eligibility requirements for this contract.

How to apply

The instructions for how to apply for the FY2020 Early Childhood Support Organization are posted on COMMBUYS, under Bid #:BD-20-1037-1CEN0-C0000-44284

COMMBUYS assistance

For assistance with using COMMBUYS, contact the COMMBUYS Help Desk at 1-888-627-8283 or email COMMBUYS@mass.gov.

Timeline for contract



Announcement of Intent to Procure:

September 25, 2019  

Bid Release Date:

October 31, 2019

Remote  Bidders’ Conference:

November 13, 2019 at 1pm 

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Deadline to Submit Questions in COMMBUYS “Bid Q&A”:

November 20, 2019 

Official Answers for Bid Q&A published (Estimated):

December 4, 2019 

Intent to Apply (Not Required) email to sarah.volkenant@mass.gov:

December 9, 2019

Deadline for Quotes/Bid Responses (“Bid Opening Date/Time” in COMMBUYS):

January 8, 2020

Oral Presentations for Selected Bidder(s) (Estimated):

February 12, 2020 (or tentatively 18 if inclement weather) in Boston, MA Bidders will be notified individually and be given at least 2 weeks’ notice if Oral Presentations are required.

Due Diligence for Selected Bidder(s) (Estimated):

January 27-February 14, 2020 Bidders will be notified individually if Due Diligence is required.

Notification of Successful Bidder(s) (Estimated):

February 17, 2020  

Negotiations (Estimated):

February 18, 2020 – February 27, 2020

Estimated Contract Start Date:

February 28, 2020  

EEC reserves the right to adjust the timeframe above. It is the responsibility of the applicant to check COMMBUYS for updates.