Birth-To-Five Data RFP

Today over half of third graders in Charlotte-Mecklenburg are not reading at grade level. According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, only 39% of fourth graders in 2015 in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools were able to read proficiently. (We use the NAEP fourth grade reading assessment as our proxy of third grade reading proficiency.) They come from every single school, neighborhood and income level in our community.

To achieve Read Charlotte’s goal, we must understand the language and literacy development of children in Mecklenburg County from birth through third grade. This requires information on how children are progressing in language development, from their earliest years through third grade.

Unfortunately, information is available for only about 5% of the roughly 85,000 children from birth to five years in Mecklenburg County. In order to target our efforts and evaluate the impact of our work, we need more data about the early language and literacy development of children in this age group.

Read Charlotte seeks proposals from qualified applicants to assess language and literacy development of a representative sample of approximately 1,100 children (six months to five years) in Mecklenburg County in fall 2017. Responses are due by 5 p.m. on May 19, 2017.

The RFP can be downloaded here.

A white paper describing the development of the birth-to-five data collection strategy can be downloaded here.

Please see Frequently Asked Questions below. These questions are updated on an ongoing basis. Please direct any additional questions about the birth-to-five data strategy or the RFP to Deepti Panjabi at



How can we expect Read Charlotte to be involved throughout the process?

Read Charlotte will be an active, collaborative partner with the lead agency throughout the data collection process.

Will Read Charlotte support connections to partner agencies and organizations?

Yes. Read Charlotte will support connections to partner agencies and organizations where we have existing relationships. The Lead Agency will be responsible for maintaining this relationship.

Do you expect the birth to five data collection effort to continue beyond Year 1 of administration?

We do expect the effort to continue on an annual or bi-annual basis.

The RFP and White Paper include language about children “birth to five” and children “under the age of five”. Do we include children who are 5 ½ in the sample?

We expect the Lead Agency to include non-eligible Kindergartners who are under 6 years of age.

What is the maximum budget available for the Birth to Five Data Collection?

We included our estimate of direct costs for the assessment and training in the white paper. We expect there to be additional, reasonable costs beyond these direct costs for the Lead Agency to execute the birth to five data collection. We do expect this to be a six-figure contract and will evaluate proposals we receive based upon the detailed project plans, projected administrative costs, and estimated hours to complete the project.