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Announcing Open Solicitation #2021-71 Identifying Vendors for Montgomery County Youth Sports Initiative

Identifying Vendors for Montgomery County Youth Sports Initiative

Issue Date: October 27, 2020

Closing Date: : Thursday December 3, 2020

The Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families, Inc. (the Collaboration Council), is a quasi-public non-profit organization and the Local Management Board for Montgomery County, Maryland. Further information about the Collaboration Council can be found at it’s web site

The County recognizes the need to provide youth sports in Montgomery County. Youth sports have significant social and wellness benefits to participants. In addition to promoting mental and physical health and activity, youth sports help develop confidence, keep youth engaged in productive activities, and help to teach team building and goal setting objectives.

An extensive body of research shows that physical activity has numerous and significant health, cognitive and academic benefits for children and adolescents. Yet, only about a quarter of children in the United States did the recommended daily 60 minutes physical activity in 2016. Children who play sports are more likely to meet physical activity guidelines compared with their peers. However, survey data show that the percentage of children under age 12 who played team sports “regularly” has declined in recent years, from 42% in 2011 to 38% in 2018. Data also show wide disparities in youth sports participation by family income, gender, and race and ethnicity.

The purpose of this funding is to increase the availability of youth sport services by supporting youth sports organizations through a grant process, to provide positive, structured activities for children who would otherwise lack access to these services that support their healthy development.

For complete details and how to submit your Letter of Interest with Cover Page click here

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Excel Beyond the Bell Goes Digital!

The Excel Beyond the Bell (EBB) Collaborative is now offering Online & Offline activities to keep the fun and learning going! The question has been asked, ‘what happens when out of school time is all the time?’
We are proud to announce that many of the organizations that partner to bring EBB to our Montgomery County school buildings, have partnered to help answer this question. The Collaboration Council is proud to coordinate this in support of youth and families as a part of our mission. How to Access Resources:
Our ultimate goal is to bring EBB fun wherever our youth are in the most accessible way! Please visit on Mondays for weekly postings of resources including:
  • • Experiments • Projects • Creative ideas • Live activity links • SEL Resources
We hope that these activities will help keep our youth and their families moving, thinking, growing and having fun together. We also invite families to take a minute to visit to find even more information and resources during this time.
Supporting you as you “Stay Safe and Stay Home”
-The Excel Beyond the Bell Collaborative

View Available Resources Here!

Parent Academy Offering Resources, Webinars to Families

Parent Academy Offering Resources, Webinars to Families

The MCPS Parent Academy has canceled its spring 2020 workshops, however, plans are in the works to create a series of Parent Academy To-Go videos that families can watch at home. Stay updated by frequently checking the Parent Academy website.

This website also has links to webinars and resources available to help families. These resources, offered by the Parent Encouragement Program and Common Sense, are:

Announcing OPEN SOLICITATION #2019-68 Identifying Trainers/Facilitators for the Youth Development Community of Practice

Identifying Identifying Vendors for Trainers/Facilitators for the Youth Development Community of Practice

Issue Date: September 12, 2019

Deadline for Submitting Questions: September 20, 2019

Closing Date: October 4, 2019 4 p.m.

The Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families, Inc. (the Collaboration Council), is a quasi-public non-profit organization and the Local Management Board for Montgomery County, Maryland. The Collaboration Council’s mission is to improve the well-being of children, youth and families through collaborative partnerships. For information regarding the Montgomery County Collaboration, its initiatives and programs, visit our website at

Community of Practice for Youth Development Practitioners

The Community of Practice (CoP) of the Collaboration Council coordinates the training and education/academic programs for youth development practitioners working in youth-serving fields such as workforce development, mentoring, recreation, and transition age youth ages 16-24. This solicitation seeks to identify qualified trainers to deliver workshops, webinars, and certification training programs with content that supports/aligns with youth development principles, social emotional learning, and cultural linguistics. The topics included in this open solicitation were identified through written feedback from practitioners and supervisors attending CoP workshops and the annual Youth Development and Mentoring Symposium.

CoP Open Solicitation Proposal Information

The Collaboration Council seeks proposals from organizations and qualified individuals with experience using adult learning principles to facilitate workshops and webinars. CoP workshops programs are 3-4 hours in length, facilitated using adult learning principles and support the principles of youth development. In the proposal, each workshop and webinar description must include:

  • Content with the most up to date research
  •  Interactive group learning experiences
  • Youth development principles
  • An agenda
  • A complete list of participant materials

Click here for complete details and how to submit your Letter of Interest

Announcing Open Solicitation #2019-66 Identifying Vendors for Excel Beyond the Bell Out-of-School-Time Programs

Identifying Identifying Vendors for Excel Beyond the Bell Out-of-School-Time Programs

Issue Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Closing Date: : Monday, August 19, 2019, 2:00 PM

The Collaboration Council leads Excel Beyond the Bell (EBB), the County’s initiative to create a local out-of-school time (OST) system that will increase the number of quality programs promoting positive youth development, especially in our most vulnerable communities, that will inspire children and youth to achieve their full potential (see for more information).

Excel Beyond the Bell Middle School Program

As part of this initiative, a three-year out-of-school time pilot was created in partnership with the Montgomery County Recreation Department (MCRD) and Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). In its first year, EBB programs were located at Argyle Middle School in Wheaton, Roberto Clemente in Germantown, and A. Marion Loiederman in Silver Spring. EBB school sites have expanded to include Francis Scott Key in Silver Spring, Forest Oak in Gaithersburg, Montgomery Village in Montgomery Village, Neelsville in Germantown, and Col. E. Brooke Lee in Silver Spring.

The Collaboration Council seeks Letters of Interest from organizations and qualified individuals to serve as a pre-approved pool of potential out-of-school time vendors to serve middle school students at a particular school or schools within the Excel Beyond the Bell Middle School out-of-school time system. Vendors are strongly encouraged to consider operating at more than one location.

Click here for complete details and how to submit your Letter of Interest

Healthy & Free lunch for Children 18 & under this summer

Summer Programs

Children 18 years of age or younger may come to any of these locations Monday through Friday to receive a healthy and nutritious lunch.

No appointment is necessary; but the lunch must be eaten at the location.

Open Sites 6/18—8/24

11:00 am — 1:00 pm

TESS Community Services Center • 8513 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring, MD

Open Sites 6/25—8/10

11:00 am — 12:30 pm

John F. Kennedy High School • 1901 Randolph Road, Silver Spring, MD

Open Sites 7/2—8/10

11:00 am — 12:30 pm

Germantown Library • 19840 Century Blvd., Germantown, MD

Montgomery Knolls Elementary School • 807 Daleview Drive, Silver Spring, MD

11:30 am — 1:00 pm

Forest Oak Middle School • 651 Saybrooke Oaks Blvd., Gaithersburg, MD

Harmony Hills Elementary School • 13407 Lydia Street, Silver Spring, MD

Francis Scott Key Middle School • 910 Schindler Drive, Silver Spring, MD

Lake Seneca Elementary School • 13600 Wanegarden Drive, Germantown, MD

Middlebrook Mobile Home Park • 19515 Frederick Road, Germantown, MD

12:00 pm — 1:30 pm

Fairland Elementary School • 14315 Fairdale Drive, Silver Spring, MD

Roberto W. Clemente Middle School • 18808 Waring Station Road, Germantown, MD

Col. E. Brooke Lee Middle School • 11800 Monticello Avenue, Silver Spring, MD

Open Sites 7/9—8/3

11:00 am — 12:30 pm

Viers Mill Elementary School • 11711 Joseph Mill Road, Silver Spring, MD

Interested in receiving meals for your summer program?

The Summer Meals Program is designed to provide nutritious meals at no cost to children 18 years of age and younger. Approximately 35% of MCPS students are eligible for free and reduced price meals; and this program is designed to bridge the “nutrition gap” when school is out. 

The MCPS Division of Food and Nutrition Services is the summer food service sponsor in Montgomery County and about 9,500 children are served at approximately 120 locations each day.

 Our goal is to provide meals to as many children as possible!

Does My Program Qualify for Summer Meals? 

The program must be located in a school or at a location close to a school where 50% of the students enrolled are eligible for free or reduced price meals. If the school is a middle or high school, the closest elementary school must have the 50% free/reduced student enrollment.

If the program is not located in a school where the 50% free/reduced student enrollment exists, the program may still qualify based on the actual list of enrollees.

The program needs to be supervised by a person responsible for ordering meals and insuring that food safety standards are met. The supervisor MUST be present during meal time.

If My Program Qualifies, How Do I Get Started?

Contact the Division of Food & Nutrition Services at 301.284.4900.

You will be scheduled to attend a training and will learn how to order, store and distribute meals.

What if I Don’t Have a Program, But I Have a Child and Want Him/Her to Receive Summer Meals? 

Contact the Division of Food & Nutrition Services at 301.284.4900 or click here for the walk-in locations throughout the county.

For More Information: or 301.284.4900

Kindergarten Orientation Set to Begin April 3

The 2018 kindergarten orientation season kicks off on April 3. During orientation, parents and students will meet the school principal, kindergarten teachers and other staff members. The sessions—scheduled at every elementary school between April 3 and May 26—are for children who will be five years old by September 1, 2018, and their parents. Parents should call their home school to make an appointment to register for that school’s specific date(s). Parents who are not sure which elementary school serves their area should contact the Boundaries Office at 240-314-4700 or access the School Assignment Locator on the MCPS website.  Kindergarten information

Prekindergarten/Head Start Registration Begins March 5

Parents who want to register their child for an MCPS prekindergarten or Head Start class for the 2018-2019 school year can do so starting Monday, March 5. Children must be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2018, and families must be income-eligible to apply.

For more information about eligibility guidelines, location and times of community registrations or required documents to complete an application, call 301-230-0676 or visit the MCPS website.

Prekindergarten/Head Start program registration

Free Homework Help!

MCPS Offers free homework help for students through:

Ask Teachers for Help.


Via: Website, Text, Email, Snapchat, & the new HHL app! (Your homework questions receive an online response.)


TUE – THUR 4:30 – 6 PM

Via: Phone, Website, Text, Email, Snapchat, & the HHL app! (Your homework questions are addressed on the air live.)

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