Seattle Preschool Program Provider Facilities Fund

Request for Investment

This opportunity is expected to reopen in May 2022.

The Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) is notifying any agency under contract to provide preschool services for the Seattle Preschool Program (SPP) or the Pathway Program of a funding opportunity through the City of Seattle 2018 Families, Education, Preschool and Promise (FEPP) Levy. The FEPP Levy aims to achieve educational equity, close opportunity gaps, and build a better economic future for Seattle students.

The City has provided quality supports to preschool providers and tuition assistance to families through levies since 2004. In 2015, the City launched SPP. Around the same time, DEEL also created a preschool program called Pathway to support providers to transition to SPP by providing additional supports needed to meet SPP quality standards. The goal of SPP is for Seattle children to access and utilize high-quality early learning services that promote success in kindergarten, with the following outcomes:

  • Children are kindergarten ready
  • Learning environments are evidence based, high-quality, culturally responsive, and equitable
  • Children and families have multiple ways to access high-quality early learning services
  • Race-based opportunity gaps are closed  

In working with community to identify the challenges of participating in SPP, DEEL received feedback from partners citing the following as ongoing challenges for sustainability: (1) the lack of available and licensable space as a barrier to SPP program expansion, and (2) organizational capacity related to board development, fundraising plans, human resources, and financial management. DEEL will support in the improvement and expansion of early learning facilities and environments by investing in an annual SPP Provider Facilities Fund RFI.



Phase 1: Request for Investment*
Request for Investment (RFI) Release

June 28, 2021

RFI Information Webinar

(Hosted via Webex) 

View recorded session and slide deck using links below under Additional Information section.

July 7, 2021

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Join Meeting Here

Password: PQiiWs5Zq29

Or, Join by phone at: 

+1 (408) 418-9388 United States Toll

Access code: 146 800 0353

Question and Answer Period

June 28 - July 26, 2021 

No calls nor individual meetings will be accepted. Email all questions to:

RFI Submission Deadline

August 9, 2021 by 11:59 PM

Phase 2: Evaluation*
Applications Reviewed and Rated August 10-20, 2021
Scoring Session(s) August 23-27, 2021
Notifications Issued to Applicants September 2021  

*Dates/locations subject to change 

RFI in Word: Click here
RFI in PDF: Click here
RFI Application: Click here
Application Attachment 2-4 in Excel: Click here
Frequently asked questions (FAQ): Updated July 27, 2021
Information Session Presentation Slides:

View Recorded Information Session Here

Presentation Slide Deck.


How and where to submit:

Submissions by mail or hand delivery are not being accepted at this time, due to COVID-19 health concerns.

Electronic Submissions

Deliver to:
QUESTIONS?. Email all questions to:
Email subject: Question_SPP Facilities Fund

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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