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To improve the lives of all children, youth and families in Howard County by convening community stakeholders and aligning resources for measurable impact.  

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The LCB advocates and supports all members of the Howard County community regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, disability and immigration status. 

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FY22 Request for Proposals -- Elkridge Community Afterschool Scholars Program
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOaPWzlCV4c

The Office of the Local Children’s Board (LCB) in the Department of Community Resources and Services is seeking competitive proposals for the Elkridge community after-school program located at Deep Run Elementary. The Afterschool Scholars Program will focus on grade levels K-5 and the program will operate from October 2021 until June 2022, Monday through Friday from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm. The focus for the Afterschool Scholars Program for K-3 will be closing academic gaps in kindergarten readiness, improving literacy with a focus on aiding students in achieving reading grade level by 3rd grade, and providing support in mathematics.  For the upper grades, academic support will be tailored in literacy and mathematics to support students’ academic needs as determined in conjunction with the school system. For all grades, socio-emotional activities will be integral to the successful implementation of the program. This will include providing opportunities for students to learn new skills through the arts and cultural experiences, physical activities, and building connections with others. Since the Elkridge Community and Deep Run Elementary has a large Latinx/Hispanic population, the applicants will need to be familiar with the community, their strengths, and needs, and include bilingual staff. The submission deadline is 5:00 pm ET, Wednesday, August 18, 2021.

As part of the Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services, the Office of the Local Children’s Board is dedicated to ensuring that all children, youth, and families in Howard County have what they need to succeed, regardless of zip code, ethnicity, or income level. The Board facilitates a collaborative approach to providing supports to children, youth, and families to ensure they grow and thrive.

Background Information

The Elkridge community and Deep Run Elementary School are home to a large Latinx/Hispanic population that has historically been underserved and under-resourced in Howard County. Access to Opportunity in Howard County: Making the Case for Equity (2019) exposed inequities directly affecting the Latinx/Hispanic population in Howard County. Overall, the Latinx/Hispanic youth population, relative to their white peers, are 3.24 times more likely to live in poverty, less likely to pursue “advanced course work and postsecondary education”, and 1.65 times more likely to experience suicidal ideation. These gaps negatively affect the physical, mental, and emotional outcomes of Howard County’s Latinx/Hispanic youth.

The inequities can be seen in Howard County’s educational system, where only 35% of Latinx/Hispanic youth are assessed as ready for kindergarten in 2019-2020. This rate of readiness is the lowest of all race/ethnic backgrounds. Additionally, students assessed as needing ESOL services have an even lower readiness rate with only 16% ready for kindergarten.  This gap in academic readiness continues into subsequent school years as demonstrated through The Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP) scores in the 3rd grade. In 2018, in Howard County’s Latinx/Hispanic population, only 27.8% were proficient in reading and 30.9% were proficient in math. These numbers are even lower for Latinx/Hispanic ELL students with only 10.1% achieving proficiency in math and 10.2% in reading. These pre-existing achievement gaps in our community have been by the exacerbated COVID-19 emergency and there is a need for programming to support our high-need students and communities.

Deep Run Elementary School located in the Elkridge community, is a Title I school, with a substantial Latinx/Hispanic student population of 48-49% of students identifying as Latinx/Hispanic and a high percentage of English Learners 25% of students receive ESOL services. As of October 2020, nearly 60% of Deep Run Elementary students were eligible for Free and Reduced-price Meals (FARMS), the third-highest rate among all 42 HCPSS elementary schools. Most students attending the school live in the Deep Run Mobile Home Park and Sherwood Crossings Apartment complex. Almost 75% of all mobile homes in the county are in the school’s catchment area.  According to HCPSS administrators, families lack access to after-school programming and/or childcare, and parents need assistance to better access government resources, English classes, and community supports. Based on the high concentration of needs experienced by children, youth, and families in the Elkridge area, targeted investment is required to place resources, services, and opportunities within reach of the residents who need them. 

The school’s testing data also reflects the low achievement for Latinx/Hispanic students in the county as a whole. The school system has lower achievement rates for the Latinx/Hispanic population in reading on the 3rd grade MCAP in Howard County with only 17.2% being proficient. Deep Run Elementary follows the trend with their EL population having 16.2% proficiency. Overall, county and school-wide, the numbers of proficiency still trend low.

Black/African American students who attend Deep Run Elementary have higher proficiency rates in the school and than the county on their 3rd grade MCAP with 45.5% proficient in reading and math. Proficiency rates for students receiving FARMS are also low with 19.2% proficient in reading and 22.1% in math.

To address these gaps, the Office of the Local Children’s Board is piloting an afterschool program focused on serving the students of Deep Run Elementary School. The program will be a collaboration between Howard County’s Department of Community Resources and Services Office of the Local Children’s Board and the Howard County Public School System.  The service provider will work in collaboration with these two organizations to achieve the following goals for students in grades K-5:.  Increase the number of students reading on grade level by 3rd grade and aid in increasing overall literacy rates; 2. Support increase in math proficiency for all grade levels; 3. Ensure students have the necessary supports to address any gaps in kindergarten readiness for younger students; 4. Provide supports to increase the social and emotional well-being of students. Even though the program and primary focus of the narrative is on the Latinx/Hispanic population in the Deep Run Mobile Home Park and Sherwood Crossing Apartments, which represents the largest student population at Deep Run Elementary School and a high-needs community in Howard County, the program will also provide support to students who qualify for free-and-reduced lunch (FARMS) and students belonging to other underserved groups.

Scope of Services

The Howard County Office of the Local Children’s Board is seeking competition from Out of School Time service providers. To be eligible to receive funds, providers must be able to deliver on the following scope of work the site for an estimated 60-100 students. Deep Run Elementary School.

Ability to provide high-quality social and emotional support and academic interventions in kindergarten readiness, mathematics, and literacy with an emphasis on the achievement of reading level by third grades for grades K-5. 

  1. Ability to coordinate with school and certified teachers to deliver and support academic interventions.
  2. Knowledge of and ability to develop developmentally appropriate learning and socio-emotional opportunities for lower and upper elementary students.
  3. Knowledge and ability to develop and instruct enriching socio-emotional curriculum and activities which may include: sports, games, dance, drama, arts & crafts, and music. The program can also provide opportunities for cultural activities in the community whether on-site or off-site field-trip.
  4. Ability to evaluate, track, and maintain accurate records of academic success and using the information to develop and inform instruction e.g., MAP scores, state testing, and other information as determined.
  5. Ability and knowledge of how to survey and track socio-emotional data to develop and inform instruction and programming.
  6. Ability to maintain accurate records relating to the program: attendance, academic data, curriculum, and other pertinent information necessary to operate the program.
  7. Ability to promote the program to school and community and maintain weekly attendance at 85%.
  8. Maintain cleanliness, safety protocols, and other measures for staff, students, families, and other community members regarding COVID-19.
  9. Ensure proper food handling and the safety of meals provided by the school system.
  10. Knowledge and experience with immigrant and EL populations specifically of Latinx/Hispanic descent.
  11. Knowledge and experience with working with disadvantaged populations, English Learners, students receiving FARMS, and Title I schools.
  12. Experience working and building strong community partnerships, with other programs, the school system, and families.
  13. Capacity to have bilingual staff and/or translators on-site to help facilitate communication between the program, students, and families.
  14. Able to provide programming for 35 weeks on the dates and times indicated below.
  •  October 4th, 2021, to June 6th, 2022
  •  5 days a week
  • Afterschool 3:55pm to 6:10pm
  1. Ability to attend any pieces of training, professional developments, and community events that relate to the program.
  • Tentative – Open House August 27th, 2021, 3 pm-5 pm

Sample Schedule

Time

Activity

3:55-4:20

Arrival/Dinner/Homework Help  

4:25-5:10

Enrichment Activity (Academic or Socio-emotional

5:15-5:55

Enrichment Activity (Academic/Socio-emotional)

5:55-6:10

Dismissal

  1. Staff must meet the following staffing requirements:
  • CPR/First Aid Certified
  • Completed FBI Background Checks
  • Staff with a strong background in developing and implementing curriculum for elementary students.
  • Support staff for certified teachers who are experienced youth-workers with backgrounds in working in education and youth development. In particular, with a strong background in lower elementary.
  • At least 2-4 bilingual staff and/or translators.
  • A demonstrated commitment to equity through the elimination of disproportionate outcomes through culturally responsive practices.
  1. Preferred Requirements
  • Knowledge of the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Maryland for grades K-5.
  • Licensed program through MSDE

Budget Information

Programs should provide a budget that includes costs related to the Scope of Work, as outlined above, not to exceed $200,000 that includes a breakdown of cost per student for around 100 students. In doing so, applicants are asked to provide a detailed cost breakdown that indicates hourly/daily rates, materials, and fees that are required to fulfill the scope of work. Applicants should use the budget template attached to this RFP when completing their budget. Be sure to include a budget narrative along with the detailed cost breakdown by site using the budget template provided. This RFP will be awarded for one year. The grantee is required to submit quarterly invoices and reports to the Office of the Local Children’s Board.

RFP Submission and Additional Information

Submission should include:

  1. Organizational Description: Provide a brief introduction, summarizing why your agency is responding to this RFP. Provide a concise profile of previous or existing work that demonstrates the organization’s experience implementing similar work.
  2. Describe the program in detail including, but not limited to:
    1.  Any curriculum used for academic and socio-emotional support and how they will be used to address the challenges of the population using developmentally appropriate tools.
    2. How you may work in collaboration with Howard County Public School System to develop and implement the curriculum.
    3. Sample schedule(s) based on grade level and enrichment activities.
    4. Interaction and communication plan with families and identification and registration of students.
    5. Timeline and process for selecting staff. Provide information on student and staff ratio.
    6. The number of students you plan to serve is based on the budget submitted with this application.
  3. Describe how your organization takes an equity lens to your work, the services you provide, and the youth you serve. Reflect on how the services you provide will aid in providing support to the Latinx/Hispanic community. Be specific about how that lens will be integrated into the program and help to ensure equitable outcomes in the Deep Run Elementary after-school program.
  4. Program Evaluation: Please include all outcome measures that will be used and any of the instruments that may be used to collect that data.
    1. Required Performance Measures:
      1. Total number of youth served
        • Total number of youth served by grade
      2. % of youth attending 85% of the program days
        • % of youth attending 85% of the program days per grade
      3. #/% of youth completing the social-emotional pre and post-test
        • #/% of youth per grade completing the social-emotional pre and post-test
      4. #/% of youth demonstrating an increase in social and emotional growth
        • #/% of youth per grade demonstrating an increase in social and emotional growth
      5. #/% of youth demonstrating academic growth (be clear on how your program will be measuring academic growth)
        • #/% of youth per grade demonstrating academic growth (literacy, mathematics, and kindergarten readiness)
  5. Partners: Please provide information to describe your approach for working with the Deep Run Elementary providers to ensure the total success of the program.  Please provide a short description and contact information of any organization(s) that you may partner with for any portion of the proposed program. 
  6. Budget and Budget Narrative: Please provide a detailed cost breakdown and narrative (not to exceed $200,000) using the budget template provided with the RFP.  
  7. Contact Information: Each proposal must include names, titles, phone numbers, and email addresses for the persons serving in the following roles:
    1. Primary Contact for Agency
    2. The designated program director (person responsible for the daily oversight of the program)
    3. Data Collection/evaluation (person responsible for collecting data and completing pre/posttest)

Review Process

A review panel will evaluate the responses based on the qualifications, background, experience, and apparent reasonableness of the applicant’s fee structure. The Howard County Office of the Local Children’s Board retains the right to negotiate the final proposed fee schedule before selecting any respondent for an award.

Submission and Questions

Applicants are required to submit proposals via email to Kim Eisenreich at [email protected] by 5:00 pm ET on August 18th, 2021. The email submission must be completed by the date detailed in this RFP. The deadline will be strictly enforced. Faxed, mailed, or hand-delivered proposals will not be accepted.

Questions may be submitted in writing via email to Kim Eisenreich through August 18th, 2021. All questions must be in writing; telephone questions will not be answered. All responses to submitted questions will be compiled and published on the LCB website. One pre-application meeting will be facilitated by the Office of the Local Children’s Board on Thursday, July 29th. The session will be virtual from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm. To join the pre-application meeting click on the following link: https://howardcountymd.webex.com/howardcountymd/j.php?MTID=mcb3794c3a0002c3db4bef136fd77100e

Attendance is optional.

If you need this document in an alternate format, contact Maryland Access Point of Howard County at 410-313-1234 (voice/relay) or [email protected].

Key Dates:

July 21, 2021 – RFP released by Office of the Local Children’s Board

July 21 to August 11, 2021 – Electronic Questions and Answers submitted

July 29, 2021 – pre-application meeting

August 11, 2021 – Questions and Answers Closes

August 18, 2021 – Proposals are due

August 24, 2021 – Award Announcement

Strategic Priorities
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Affordable and Quality  Education and Training
Content

Over the next 5 years, Howard County Local Children’s Board is focusing on affordable and quality education and training. We will invest in setting children and youth on a life-long path to success by working to improve early education access and opportunities, decreasing rates of chronic absenteeism and increasing access to job training.

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Increase Inclusiveness, Awareness and Coordination of Resources to Meet the Needs of Each Community
Content

Howard County is a caring community that is committed to making its resources available to all residents. These connections are difficult to make for some families with access challenges, even for the most basic needs. By increasing awareness of resources for food, housing and healthcare within hard-to-reach communities, we can support families’ efforts to increase their self-sufficiency and financial stability through education, training and affordable, quality childcare.

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Access to Affordable and  Quality Behavioral Health Care
Content

Behavioral health care for all residents in Howard County is a major focus for the county. Many behavioral health indicators in Howard County are trending in the wrong direction. With this priority, the HCLCB will reduce youth rates of hopelessness and suicidal ideation while addressing the effects of intergenerational traumas by increasing access to mental health services.

Howard County Community Plan for Children, Youth and Families

Aging

Access to Opportunity in Howard County: Making the Case for Equity

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Programs & Resources
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Local Care Team
Content

The Local Care Team provides a forum for families of children and youth with intensive needs to access information on available community resources and services. The team is comprised of representatives from the major childserving agencies, as well as a parent advocate. The group reviews information about the child/youth and then works together with the family to identify programs and services that  can best assist child and family needs (serving youth ages three to 24).

POC:   Candace Ball •  410-313-6552 (voice/relay) [email protected]

 

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Voices for Change
Content

Voices4Change is a diverse group of youth who work towards empowering young people to take action and create positive change in Howard County.

Contact: Jasmine Wigginton by phone at 410-313-6553 (voice/relay) or email [email protected]

Next meeting (hosted virtually by Jasmine Wigginton):

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 / 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. via Webex

Meeting number: 2318 301 0050 and Password: V4C

Link to join meeting:

https://howardcountymd.webex.com/howardcountymd/j.php?MTID=m3df014acf8e459ae0fe8e17dbfae21a6

Join by video system:

Dial [email protected] or dial 173.243.2.68 and enter your meeting number (2318 301 005).

Join by phone: Call 1-650-479-3207 and use access code: 231 830 10050

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Getting Ahead
Content

Getting Ahead in a

“just-gettin’-by world” is a 16-session curriculum

that helps individuals in poverty build their resources for a more prosperous life for themselves, their families, and their communities Getting Ahead provides the foundation for understanding the root causes of poverty and focuses on resources needed to rise above it.

POC:   Marchelle LeBlanc  •  410-313-0225 (voice/relay)

[email protected]

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R-Rules
Content

R-RULES is a robust curriculum of project development and

management, exchanges with the community, and individual academic and career plans that gets students ready for leadership in the workplace and in life.

POC:   Marchelle LeBlanc  •  410-313-0225 (voice/relay)

[email protected]

 

 

DCRS Community Engagement Request Form

Thank you for your interest in having The Department of Community Resources and Services participate and/or lead your event. To help us facilitate your request, please complete and submit the following form at least 2 weeks prior to the event, and allow 3-5 business days for decisions to be made. If you have any questions or need help completing the Request Form, please contact us at 410-313-0221.

The Howard County Local Children's Board comprises public and private members working collaboratively to ensure a strong continuum of services for families and children in our community. Also known as the Local Management Board, there is a functioning board in all 24 jurisdictions in Maryland. We work in partnership with the Governor's Office for Children to ensure children grow up healthy, secure and successful.

Kim Eisenreich
Administrator
Marsha Dawson
Local Children's Board Manager
Ben Barnwell
Community Engagement Manager
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