Published: January 9, 2018
First 5 Sonoma County is pleased to invite you to respond to the following opportunities:
- Request for Qualifications for AVANCE Parent-Child Development Program
- Request for Proposals for Perinatal Mood Disorders
All documents relating to the RFP/RFQ are located on the County of Sonoma's Supplier Portal.
Proposals must be received no later than 2:00 PM on Wednesday, February 7, 2018.
The Commission has
allocated up to $1,350,000 to fund the AVANCE Parent-Child Education Program
from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2021, as a strategy to ensure families of
children 0-5, in focus school attendance areas, are supported to strengthen
their family’s literacy skills.
The AVANCE Parent-Child Education Program is designed
to provide education and support to low-income and isolated Latino parents with
low educational achievement who have children under age three. The program uses
a focus on parent education, early childhood development, literacy, and school
readiness. The AVANCE Parent-Child
Education Program is founded on the belief that a parent is a child’s first and
most important teacher, and therefore it is important to train parents to have
the skills to support optimal child development (school readiness). AVANCE is a
two-generation Parent-Child Education Program (PCEP) that disrupts the cycle of
poverty and supports families to nurture their child’s development. The program
consists of weekly, dual education classes (separate classes for children and
parents) that follow the school nine month calendar year. The program typically operates in housing projects, community centers,
Parenting classes are designed to enhance the child-rearing skills of parents
with young children (0-3) so that they are better able to foster the optimal
development of their children through lessons in their
children’s stages of emotional, physical, social, and cognitive development
with special attention to the importance of reading, nutrition and effective
the parents are in their own class, children receive developmentally
appropriate lessons geared toward pre-literacy, learning through play and
developing cognitive, social/emotional, and fine and gross motor skills. The
overall program aims to get children ready for school while establishing the
foundation for long-term teaching and learning by the parents.
consists of three components for the
parents: (1) weekly three hour
workshops (with three different components) for nine months, (2) home visiting
support, and (3) continuing education support for parents. At the first hour of
the workshop, parents make an educational toy using typical household items and are taught to use the toy in activities that
will promote their child’s development. Parents receive a “possibility sheet”
with suggested activities and vocabulary to use at home. At the second hour,
the program covers a section of a 27 lesson sequence based on community college curriculum on early childhood development.
At the final hour parents are introduced to an array of community resources, services, and providers. During the time
parents are receiving the education components, trained early care and
education teachers provide a stimulating
and caring environment for children
in age appropriate groups.
receive monthly home visits beginning in the third month allowing for the demonstration of parental
understanding through play and appropriate environmental stimulation for the
child. Home visits provide immediate feedback on skills demonstrated through an
observation checklist and videotaped child-parent interaction, and an
opportunity to gain better insight into the family’s conditions and needs.
and after the first year, parents are encouraged to continue their own education by taking classes in literacy and
English, obtaining a GED, and enrolling in college or career training. The
program completion is culminated with a graduation ceremony where friends,
family, and community stakeholders celebrate the graduates’ accomplishments.
AVANCE is an evidence-based program, achieving Tier 1
on the Sonoma Upstream Investments Portfolio of Model Programs. Several studies
have been conducted to assess impact on maternal life course, attitudes, child
development, and school readiness. Significant program impacts have been
documented in areas including kindergarten readiness, maternal involvement in
their child’s education, and improved maternal education, income, and decreased
reliance on public benefits over time.
First 5 Sonoma County
welcomes submissions of qualifications to implement with fidelity the
evidence-based AVANCE Parent-Child Education Program
Perinatal Mood Disorder and Anxiety Disorders
First 5 Sonoma County is inviting applications for grants up
to $70,000/year for three years to fund services and systems improvement for Perinatal
Mood & Anxiety Disorders (PMADs).
Funding will be awarded to applicant(s) to enhance current
systems and services for women at risk for and/or experiencing perinatal mood
and anxiety disorders. System development can include PMAD awareness building, screening, referral/linkage and/or
Approximately 15-20% of women will experience a mood or
anxiety disorder during pregnancy or postpartum. Disorders vary in intensity and severity and
can include depression, anxiety and postpartum psychosis. Symptoms can occur anytime
during pregnancy and the first 24 months after childbirth.
Untreated PMADs can have a negative impact on a mother’s
health and ability to function and negatively impact the physical, cognitive
and social emotional development of her children. In Sonoma County, the rate of pregnant women
aged 15-44 years hospitalized with a mental health diagnosis is nearly 2.5
times the rate for the state overall. Between 2002 and 2013, there was more
than a threefold increase in the number of these hospitalizations, increasing from
203 to 744 emergency department visits per year.
How to Submit Proposal/Qualifications
Please login to the County of Sonoma's Supplier Portal to view the associated supplemental documents, as well as the RFP/RFQ. You must be registered in the County of Sonoma's Supplier Portal in order to login and view, and download all solicitation documents. It is incumbent upon all interested parties to check for any changes, including updates or addenda, by logging into the County’s Supplier Portal and reviewing the event.