Community Action of Allegan County Request for Proposal
Early Childhood Education Gap Analysis & Community Needs Assessment & Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) National Community Action Partnership (NCAP) Organizational Standards Community Needs Assessment
Purpose: The Gap Analysis and Community Needs Assessments (CNA) will identify the strengths and resources available in Allegan County to meet the needs of low-income children, youth, older adults, individuals and families.
The Gap Analysis should identify and define current early childhood education issues in Allegan County; analyze and clarify the discrepancy between the current reality and the desired or optimal condition of early childhood in the community; identifying opportunities that may be addressed by Community Action of Allegan County (CAAC) programs and services.
The Community Needs Assessment for early childhood education should focus on the capacity of the community, including its citizens, agencies, and organizations to meet the educational needs of children 0-3 and 4-5 years of age. It should provide a framework for developing and identifying educational services and solutions; building community engagement to support and nurture low-income children and families in Allegan County.
The Community Needs Assessment for early childhood education and CAAC as an agency may include, but I not limited to, a compilation of demographic data from census records, results of surveys conducted by the agency and others, and formal/informal feedback from community partners. The assessment may also include focus group discussions, town meetings, interviews with stakeholders, and telephone or mailed surveys.
Final report(s) should detail the methodology used for conducting the Gap Analysis and Community Needs Assessment(s) to include; specific research conducted, and measurement tools used to garner consumer, family, and stakeholder input.