Seattle Preschool Program

Request for Qualifications

This opportunity is expected to reopen in December 2022.

The Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) invites organizations to respond to the Seattle Preschool Program (SPP) Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and join SPP. This RFQ seeks to identify qualified early learning providers in Seattle and expand the number of community partners delivering SPP services.

SPP is funded by the 2018 Families, Education, Preschool and Promise (FEPP) Levy which aims to achieve educational equity, close opportunity gaps, and build a better economic future for Seattle students. FEPP preschool and early learning investments provide access to high-quality early learning services that promote success in kindergarten.   

There are two steps to becoming an SPP provider:

  1. Applicants must submit an RFQ application to demonstrate they meet the qualifications for becoming an SPP provider. Successful applicants will be placed on an SPP Roster to be considered for selection as a provider. 
  2. DEEL will select providers from the SPP Roster according the criteria outlined in the RFQ Roster Design section to provide SPP services.  

Applicants accepted to the RFQ roster are approved for a two-year period.

Inclusion on the SPP provider roster does not guarantee funding or a contract to provide SPP services.

Successful applicants to this SPP RFQ will be eligible to provide SPP services for two school years: 2021-22 School Year and 2022-23 School Year. 



Phase 1: Request for Investment*
Request for Investment (RFI) Release November 30, 2020
Question and Answer Period November 30 - December 23, 2020
Information Session 1

December 11, 2020 - 1-2 p.m. 

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Watch information session online 

Information Session 2

December 16, 2020 - 10-11 a.m

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Watch information session online

RFQ Submission Deadline Thursday, January 7, 2021  5:00 PM
Phase 2: Evaluation*
Application Review and Interviews January 25 - February 5, 2021
Notifications Issued to Applicants February 2021

*Dates/locations subject to change; Exact dates/times/locations for RFQ information sessions and technical assistance workshops are forthcoming.


RFQ and Submission Instructions Application Template Questions

RFQ Document (Word)

RFQ Document (PDF)

Application Template (Word)

Application Template (PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions - Updated 12/21/2020

Please submit all questions to with the subject line: Question_SPP RFQ


Education and Early Learning

Dwane Chappelle, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 1700, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 94665, Seattle, WA, 98124-6965
Phone: (206) 233-5118
Phone Alt: Childcare and Preschool: (206) 386-1050
Fax: (206) 386-1900

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