Seattle Preschool Program Process Evaluation

Request for Proposals

The deadline to apply for this funding opportunity closed on September 22, 2023. 

2023 Seattle Preschool Promise Process Evaluation RFP

The Seattle Department of Education & Early Learning (DEEL) is seeking an evaluation consulting team to conduct a process evaluation examining the implementation and effectiveness of the Seattle Preschool Program’s (SPP) specialized and non-traditional classrooms. SPP, and the cost of this evaluation, is funded by the 2018 voter-approved Families, Education, Preschool, and Promise Levy. 

The purpose of this solicitation is to:  

  • Observe implementation patterns across dual language, special education inclusion (SPP Plus), and family child care classrooms.  
  • Explore the connection between specialized classroom settings and child outcomes, including developmental progress and kindergarten readiness.
  • Obtain recommendations for program improvement or adjustment to support child outcomes.   

Please note: Changes to the funding process and timeline may occur. DEEL will not provide individual notice of changes, and applicants are responsible for regularly checking this webpage for technical assistance information, updates, clarifications, or amendments. 

Selection Criteria and Cost: 

Researchers and evaluation consultants with expertise in early childhood education, mixed method research, and culturally responsive evaluation practices are eligible to submit proposals. A consultant will be selected through a competitive review process for a maximum award of $250,000.

View more details about minimum qualifications (page 8) and evaluation criteria (page 11) of the RFP.


Eligible applicants will submit a proposal online no later than Friday, September 22, 2023, 11:59 p.m. PST. DEEL will notify successful applicants by October 26th, 2023. 

Events: Date and Time*: 
Solicitation Release Wednesday, August 16, 2023 
Optional Information Session 1 
Hosted virtually on Microsoft Teams 
August 23, 10-11 a.m. PST  
Link to participate  
Meeting ID: 274 255 241 605  
Passcode: NsE68w 
Download Teams | Join on the web 
Optional Information Session 2 
Hosted virtually on Microsoft Teams
August 24, 3-4 p.m. PST 
Link to participate 
Meeting ID: 278 477 428 019  
Passcode: rqXtBS 
Download Teams | Join on the web 

Deadline to submit questions:
Responses will be posted on this page on a rolling basis   

September 18, 2023, 11:59 p.m. PST 
Proposal Submission Deadline   Friday, September 22, 2023 
11:59 p.m. PST 
Interviews   October 12-13, 2023 
Notification of Intent to Award  October 26, 2023   
Contract Negotiation Period  November 13 – December 15, 2023   
Contract Execution   January 8, 2024 

*Dates subject to change.

How to submit your proposal:

Click the link below to view the RFP Overview document, which will guide you through the application process. 

Request for Proposals Overview (RFP) Link to PDF

The following forms are required as part of your proposal: 

Consultant Questionnaire  Download Word Document
Proposal Package (minimum qualifications, project proposal, cost proposal, prior work samples, references) Details provided in RFP overview, Page 10

Submit your proposal electronically to by September 22, 2023 at 11:59 p.m., PST. Please review detailed instructions on page 10 of the RFP. 

Reference Links and FAQ: 

Use the following links to access additional information you will need to reply to this solicitation. 

Insurance Requirements  View PDF
City of Seattle Consultant Agreement Boilerplate  View PDF
Information Session Slides View PDF
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)  View FAQ, updated 9/22/2023

Information About Seattle Preschool Program (see complete reference section on page 20 of the RFP):

Seattle Preschool Program Web Page  Link to page
Seattle Preschool Program Manual  Link to full PDF
Page 24: SPP Plus Inclusion classrooms
Page 24-26: Dual Language classrooms
DEEL 2021-22 Annual Report   Link to 2021-2022 DEEL Annual Report 
See Kindergarten Readiness, pages 14-23 
Seattle Preschool Program Fact Sheet  Coming soon 
Recent evaluations of Seattle Preschool Program  2022 Seattle Preschool Program Impact Evaluation 

2021 Seattle Preschool Program Process Evaluation 

2019 Seattle Preschool Program Process Evaluation 

How to Submit Questions:

To submit questions, please email with "Question: SPP Process Evaluation RFP" in the subject line. Responses will be published and linked in the table above. 

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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