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Kindergarten Registration Focus Group Solicitation

Kindergarten Registration Focus Group Solicitation

Kindergarten Registration Focus Group Solicitation

   

                                                                                      School District of Philadelphia's Office of Early Childhood Education

                                                                                                                                 SOLICITATION

                           TO CONDUCT FOCUS GROUPS TO SEEK ANSWERS TO WHY FAMILIES DO and DO NOT REGISTER ON-TIME FOR KINDERGARTEN

                                                                                                All Responses Must be Submitted Electronically To

                                                                                                  Ami Patel Hopkins at aphopkins-ext@philasd.org    

                                                                                                  No Later Than 5:00 pm on Monday, July 24, 2017

Thousands of families of eligible kindergartners do not register during the months (February-May) dedicated to Kindergarten registration at the School District of Philadelphia (SDP).  Instead, the families do not register until early Fall.  Enrollment data over the last few years has shown that less than 50 percent of incoming kindergartners are registered before the first day of school. 

There are several challenges associated with families not registering their students on time, including: 

1) the SDP is not able to staff and open new classrooms after the school year has started;

2) some late registration kindergartners have to be enrolled outside of their neighborhood school due to seats not being available and transportation is not provided; and

3) there is little to no transition support provided to late registration kindergartners (e.g. participation in Kindergarten Open Houses, etc.)

The ultimate goal of the Office of Early Childhood Education and SDP is to increase on-time enrollment into Kindergarten in order to address these challenges.  The first step to achieving this is to know why families do register or do not register on time for Kindergarten so that appropriate actions can be implemented. 

The purpose of this solicitation is to request proposals from organizations to conduct focus groups with a minimum of 100 families who registered or did not register their child during the SDP's on-time registration period and provide a report of findings.  The period of work would begin in early August and end approximately on October 20, 2017


For more information regarding the solicitation process, please click the links below.

SDP Kindergarten On-Time Registration Focus Groups Solicitation

Solicitation Questions and Answers, updated 7/18/2017