Proposals sought for new child care facility in Utica


Utica-ESPRI (Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative) has issued a Request for Proposal to fund a new or expanded qualified child-care facility that will provide free or affordable extended child care for children age 6 weeks to 12 years, in the City of Utica.

The facility would operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Utica-ESPRI is authorized to award funding for one or more priority projects that were identified via neighborhood focus group events, resident interviews, work group (daylong) sessions and an ESPRI town hall meeting that was held on Dec. 7 at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in Utica.

An all-hours extended child care facility that will provide extended programming was identified by town hall attendees as the top priority to help address the root causes of poverty in Utica, the group noted.

United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area is administering Utica-ESPRI. On behalf of Utica-ESPRI, United Way intends to provide up to $900,000 in project support based on applications received in response to this request for proposal, it was noted in the announcement.

Applicants must be 501(c)(3) community- or faith-based organization or government agency operating in some capacity in the City of Utica.

Joint applications that include other non-profit and for-profit organizations as project partners are encouraged.

Organizations interested in applying are required to submit a cover letter and notice of intent, and will be invited by email to attend a pre-proposal meeting at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15, at United Way, 201 Lafayette St., Utica.

The organizations must RSVP to Dietra Harvey by email at, with the name and contact information for each attendee.

At the pre-proposal meeting, applicants will have an opportunity to ask questions and review project guidelines. Final proposal packets will be available.

The deadline for submitting proposals to United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area will be 5 p.m. on Monday, March 19.

Information about Utica-ESPRI can be found at


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