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​SMC Childcare Center Operation and Management Call For Proposals


Santa Monica College is seeking a professional Childcare Center Operation and Management proposal from qualified firms that:

  • Currently provide licensed childcare services at private or public childcare facilities, and;
  • Have a proven track record of successfully operating and managing centers comparable in size, quality, and type to the SMC Early Childhood Education Center / Lab School (ECEC) currently under development.
With this new facility, the SMC Early Childhood / Education Department is establishing a model center which exemplifies quality, evidence-based practice in early care and education, and in the training of student teachers. The Center will support and articulate the interconnectedness between theory, research and practice involving multiple disciplines concerned with the development of children and families, and be consistent with NAEYC Accreditation guidelines and Developmentally Appropriate Practice. 
The Department’s goal for the Lab School is to provide community leadership in early childhood education through offering opportunities for students, researchers and practitioners to observe and work with infants, toddlers and young children through the age of five. The Department anticipates that observers from the SMC Health Sciences, Kinesiology, Psychology and other degree programs, the Rand Corporation, and other colleges, universities and ECE centers will be regular visitors to the school.
Please click on the links below to access the Statement of Qualifications Response Questions, Request for Proposal (RFP), answers to questions posed during the recent Bidder’s Conference (held 10/18/13), and additional documents related to this call for proposals.
If you have questions about the selection process for this effort, please email
  • The early review submission date for the Statement of Qualifications has been extended to Friday, November 22, 2013 at 5 p.m. PT.
  • The Proposal deadline has been extended to Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5 p.m. PT.

Related Documents

  1. Budget Template (to be completed by proposer)
  2. Staff Loading Example and Template (to be completed by proposer)


Instructions for Submitting Your RFP

The required documents are:
  • A Statement of Qualifications responding to the questions
  • A Narrative Proposal and Financial/Budget Proposal
The RFP, templates and info needed to guide completion of the required documents are provided in PDF and Excel files above.
Documents 4 and 5 are in an Excel format so that you may enter your information into the templates. Make sure to SAVE and RENAME the Excel template files so that you can work with them.
Proposals may be provided in PDF, Word, Wordperfect, and/or Excel formats.

Completed Statement of Qualifications and Proposals should be transmitted electronically to Child Care Planning Associates at Inquiries should be transmitted electronically to the same email address.
Please feel free to share this website with contacts in your organization(s) or others who might be interested in submitting a Proposal.