POSTING DATE: April 20, 2021

Questions and Answers posted May 19, 2021

CLOSING DATE: 5:00 p.m. PT on May 25, 2021

Regional Network Grantees are not eligible to apply for this funding opportunity. Proposers must meet the following criteria:

(1)Availability of key staff to attend virtual and in-person meetings in Los Angeles County, and a capacity to conduct virtual and in-person research and learning activities throughout Los Angeles County.

(2) Minimum of five (5) years of experience in leading community-based projects or research and evaluation projects

This solicitation seeks proposals from entities interested in leading the Best Start Learning Agenda Research Team (hereinafter referred to as the BSLA Research Team) that will drive the conceptualization and execution of the BSLA and serve as a strategic thought partner, primary architect and implementer of the BSLA. Due to the scope of the project, First 5 LA expects that successful implementation of the BSLA will require a team approach that consists of multiple staff supporting implementation or can include a team of subcontractors to support implementation. If proposers intend to partner with subcontractors, it is the expectation that the submitted proposal will include proposed subcontractors. First 5 LA has final approval of the design and implementation of BSLA. The selected proposer will work in partnership with First 5 LA and key stakeholders to achieve the following objectives:

  • Objective 1: Develop, support and lead the refinement of the BSLA.
  • Objective 2: Develop and implement a research strategy, including the collection and analysis of primary and secondary data, to answer the learning questions.
  • Objective 3: Design and implement engagement structures and processes that support participation of stakeholders in the development and implementation of the BSLA.
  • Objective 4: Inform and strengthen First 5 LA’s efforts to compile and disseminate findings through a variety of presentations, technical and non-technical research products, and communication tools to facilitate learning with First 5 LA, our grantees, contractors and the broader field.

Cover Letter– PDF
Best Start Learning Agenda Research Team Request for Proposals (RFP) – PDF

Questions and Answers– PDF

Appendices :

For Information Purposes
Appendix A – Map of Best Start Regions and Geographic – PDF
Appendix B – Best Start Learning Agenda Questions – PDF
Appendix C – Communities Team Initiatives Summary Table and Briefs – PDF
Appendix D – Level 3 Review: Proposal Scoring Tool – PDF
Appendix E – Proposal Checklist – PDF
Appendix F – Sample Contract – PDF
Appendix G Instructions for Detailed Budget Forms – PDF

For Submission
Appendix H – Scope of Work Template – Word
Appendix I – Work Sample Submission – Word
Appendix J – Detailed Budget Form – Excel
Appendix K – Litigation and Contract Compliance Form – PDF

Please check this Funding Center webpage regularly for updates and addenda. First 5 LA has the right to amend this solicitation by written addendum. First 5 LA is responsible only for that which is expressly stated in the solicitation document and any authorized written addenda thereto. Such addenda shall be made available via the online funding center. Failure to address the requirements of such addendum may result in the proposal not being considered, at the sole discretion of First 5 LA. Addenda to this solicitation, if any, will be posted on this webpage. It is the responsibility of applicants to ensure, prior to submission, that their application reflects the most recent information and RFQ requirements.


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To ensure that all potential applicants receive the same information, questions and answers will be compiled and posted on this webpage. All questions and requests for additional information regarding this RFP must be received before 5 p.m. PT on May 13, 2021, and answers will be posted on the website on May 19, 2021.

First 5 LA reserves the sole right to determine the timing and content of the responses to all questions and requests for additional information. First 5 LA may respond to individual inquires and then post replies to all questions by the posting date.

An application packet complete with required documents must be received by First 5 LA no later than 5:00 p.m. PT on May 25, 2021. Please review the RFP’s Timeline for Selection Process to ensure availability during the proposal review activities.

To respond to this RFP, please submit your proposal and all required documents through the online application system designated by First 5 LA by no later than 5:00 p.m. PT on May 25, 2021, by taking the following steps:

Step 1: Create a user account by clicking here.

Step 2: Once a user account has been created, click here to access the application.

Step 3: Once an application has been started, click here to modify and/or submit your application.

Please do not create a new application once you have started your application.

For help with the online application click here.

Proposers must submit all required documents specified in the RFP through this online form. It is highly recommended that you print a copy of your application for your records prior to clicking “Submit.” To do this, click “Printer-Friendly Version.” You should review the printed copy prior to submitting the application electronically. In addition, you should ensure that the attachments were successfully uploaded by reviewing the list of attachments included.

NOTE: Once the online application is submitted, proposers cannot make edits.

All questions and requests for additional information regarding this RFP must be submitted via email to Sabel Morales, Contract Compliance Manager, at [email protected]