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Posted on: June 16, 2020

Spearfish seeks proposals for childcare services at rec center

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Spearfish seeks proposals for childcare services at rec center

SPEARFISH, SD (June 16, 2020) – The City of Spearfish is seeking proposals from qualified, state-licensed childcare providers for a partnership to offer the much-needed service at the Spearfish Recreation Center.

Parks and Recreation Director Tyler Ehnes explained that rec center staff have been providing childcare for the children of essential employees in the community since March, due to COVID-19.

“Staff have seen that there is a great need for childcare within our community, not only during this pandemic but at all times,” Ehnes said. “After speaking with several childcare providers, we believe there is an opportunity to continue to offer childcare services to parents in need of that essential service in the ideal space already available at the rec center.”

The Spearfish rec center has features in place needed to host childcare services: A large outdoor play area, restroom facilities, several rooms with restrooms and sinks, a kitchen area, a full sprinkler system, and opportunities for expansion and use of other rooms, beyond the hourly care room and party room, within the facility.

On June 15, the Spearfish City Council authorized staff to publish the request for proposals (RFP) for childcare services. The RFP states, “The City envisions a partnership with a provider who will offer an enriching curriculum, and a safe and secure environment where the children are able to engage in activities that develop their social, emotional, physical, and intellectual needs.”

Qualified, state-licensed childcare providers interested in submitting a proposal should assume the facility will be a fully licensed childcare facility. The City will assist in the maintenance and cleaning of the facility, and the provider should assume that only the hourly care room and the party room will be available for childcare services. These two rooms will accommodate approximately 50 children.

More information about the submission information, selection process, and evaluation criteria may be found within the RFP or by contacting Tyler Ehnes, parks and recreation director, at tyler.ehnes@cityofspearfish.com or (605) 717-1189.

Interested parties must submit a proposal by 4 p.m. Thursday, July 2.

Rec center users should be aware that hourly care services will remain available and that future childcare services will not affect normal rec center operations, Ehnes said.

Read the full RFP here!
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