Planning Consultant For Early Intervention Services (RFQ)

This Request for Qualification (RFQ) is an open, competitive solicitation for qualified organizations, firms, and/or individual consultants. 


Release Date:
October 10, 2023

Informational Webinar (Online):
October 18, 2023 

Questions Due:
October 20, 2023, no later than 5:00 PM

Response Posted:
On or before October 25, 2023

Deadline for Submission:
November 3, 2023, AT 5:00 PM PT

Notice of Intent to Fund:
On or before November 14, 2023


First 5 Contra Costa reserves the right to make amendments to this solicitation through written addendum. It is the responsibility of applicants to verify, prior to submission, that their application aligns with the latest information and RFQ specifications. We recommend checking the First 5 Funding Opportunities web page periodically for updates and additional information.


First 5 Contra Costa Children and Families Commission seeks qualified organizations, firms, and/or consultants to design, support, facilitate, and co-create a comprehensive 2-year plan to provide capacity-building and support to early care providers who serve children birth-5 with disabilities and their families.  

First 5 Contra Costa has allocated up to $100,000, including expenses and incentives for this eighteen-month (18-month) project. Any renewals will be determined by available funds and the needs of this project at the sole discretion of First 5 thereafter. Costs should be reasonable and well justified.

Planning Consultant For Early Intervention Services RFQ Announcement Letter  – PDF

Planning Consultant For Early Intervention Services RFQ – PDF

Attachments & Exhibits:

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For Submission


Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Applicants must meet the required qualifications outlined in this RFQ. 
  2. Must be in compliance and good standing with all local, county, state, and federal government entities, including but not limited to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), California Secretary of State-Business Programs, and the Franchise Tax Board.
  3. If your entity is required to register with the California Secretary of State, First 5 Contra Costa will verify an “active” status via the California Secretary of State’s website:
  4. Satisfactory performance on any contract(s) previously awarded by First 5 Contra Costa. 

Applicants who do not meet the above eligibility requirements will not advance past the initial Phase 1 review and are not eligible for funding.


Potential applicants are highly encouraged to participate in the informational webinar on October 18, 2023, at 1:00 PM to learn more about the RFQ requirements. Please click here to register for the Informational Webinar. The Informational Webinar will be recorded and shared on our website for replay.

Note: Due to technical difficulty during the webinar with the slide deck, for your convenience, we have included the webinar audio for you to follow along with the slide deck. If you have any questions, please let us know. 


All questions and answers received are compiled and posted on this webpage to ensure that all potential applicants receive the same information. All questions and requests for additional information regarding this RFQ must be submitted in writing to Lisa R. Johnson at before 12:00 PM PT on October 20, 2023

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. First 5 Contra Costa may respond to individual inquiries and then post replies to all questions by the posting date.


First 5 Contra Costa will accept applications until the November 3, 2023, deadline. All proposals must be submitted through our online application portal by 5:00 PM (PST). Please review the RFQ’s Timeline For Selection Process to ensure availability during the application review activities.


Video: How to Complete the First 5 Online Application

To respond to this RFQ, please submit your online application with all required documents through the online application portal designated by First 5 Contra Costa no later than 5:00 p.m. PT on November 3, 2023. To create your online account and access the online application, complete the following steps:

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 by the deadline. 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.

Once the online application has been submitted, applicants cannot make edits. All applicants are encouraged to submit applications early. 


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