First 5 Centers RFQ


Partner with First 5 Contra Costa to help make a difference in the lives of families with young children.

First 5 Contra Costa is seeking an aligned partnership with nonprofit organizations or public agencies to operate one or more of our five First 5 Centers (known also as Family Resource Centers) for a 3 year contract. Help us realize our vision where all of Contra Costa’s children grow up healthy, ready for school, and supported in safe, nurturing families and communities.

Become an operator of a First 5 Center, which delivers quality early childhood services that are responsive to the needs of the community.

Our centers have been operating in partnership with funded nonprofits and communities for more than 20 years to support pregnant and parenting families with children ages 0 to 5. Our First 5 Centers have evolved into somewhat of a “franchise” type model, that includes no-cost use of the Center, furnishings and program supplies, experienced pool of potential staff, an active client database, a play book and hands-on support and training for a successful Center. 

Learn more about this exciting opportunity for your organization to work collaboratively with First 5 Contra Costa and other partners in our county to support the well-being of families and young children. 

First 5 Center RFQ Timeline

  • February 24, 2023: RFQ Released, DOWNLOAD HERE
  • March 9, 2023: Online Informational Meeting from 1-3pm (Video and Slides below)
  • April 6, 2023: Deadline for Proposal Submissions
  • On or Before May 8, 2023:  Notice of Intent to Fund
  • For Families: Check here for updates on Center Operator transitions
  • July 1, 2023 Contract begins.
    • Upon award: Successful applicants will receive orientation, technical assistance and a period of time to ramp up First 5 Center operations.


First 5 Contra Costa Network of First 5 Centers

First 5 Contra Costa is the funder, convener, and backbone of the Network of First 5 Centers. The network’s purpose is to maximize resources, work collaboratively to standardize certain practices and partnerships, and to enhance and design new programming together. 

Antioch First 5 Center: 300 H Street, Antioch
Delta First 5 Center: 760 1st Street, Brentwood
East County First 5 Center: 355 E Leland Rd., Pittsburg
Monument First 5 Center: 1736 Clayton Road, Concord
West County First 5 Center: 2707 Dover Street, San Pablo


First 5 Center Program Implementation RFQ

Click here to download the First 5 Center Program Implementation RFQ

Attachments and Exhibits 

All Attachments and Exhibits are hyperlinked and/or referenced in the RFQ document and below. These documents will open as “view only” Google Docs. To use them to complete your application, do the following:

  1. Open the Attachment or Exhibit document.
  2. In the menu, click File. Make a copy.
  3. Rename the document and choose where to save it (in a folder on your computer for future upload).
  4. Click ok. You can now type in the File. 

For Submission

For Informative Purposes:

All questions and requests for additional information regarding this RFQ must be submitted via email to Lisa R. Johnson at


Informational Webinar

Potential applicants were highly encouraged to participate in an informational webinar on March 9, 2023, at 1:00 PM to learn more about the RFQ requirements.


First 5 Contra Costa has the right to amend this solicitation by written addendum. Please check the First 5 Funding Opportunities webpage regularly for updates and addenda.  It is the responsibility of proposers to ensure, prior to submission, that their proposal reflects the most recent information and RFQ requirements.

Questions and Answers

First 5 Contra Costa reserves the sole right to determine the timing and content of the responses to all questions and requests for additional information. To ensure that all potential proposers receive the same information, all questions and answers received are compiled and posted on this webpage. All questions and requests for additional information regarding this RFQ must be submitted to Lisa R. Johnson at on or before 12:00 noon PST on March 16, 2023.

Click here to view the Questions and Answers Responses

Deadline to Apply 

An online application packet complete with required documents must be received by First 5 Contra Costa no later than 5:00 PM PST on April 6, 2023.

How to Apply

Video: How to Complete the First 5 Online Application

To respond to this RFQ, please submit your proposal and all required documents through the First 5 Online Application portal no later than 5:00 PM PST on April 6, 2023:

Step 1: Create an online user account by clicking here. Click the “new applicant” button to set up your profile. The portal requires a twelve (12) character password with a mix of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols. Be sure to save your password for future use.

Step 2: Once a user account has been created, click here to access the application. Your profile login information will be required to access your saved 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.

Applicants must submit all required documents specified in the RFQ 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 had been submitted proposers cannot make edits.


Contact Us

All questions and requests for additional information regarding this RFQ must be submitted via email to Lisa R. Johnson at