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Request for Proposals: Management and Operations of Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas Child Care Services - RFP #2022-034

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) is soliciting proposals for Management and Operations of Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas (WSNCT) Child Care Services (RFP #2022-034) from qualified vendors. WSNCT services the 14-county workforce development area including Collin, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Navarro, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell and Wise counties.

Sealed proposals will be accepted until 2 PM CT, Friday, June 3, 2022, and then publicly opened and read aloud via Teams videoconferencing thereafter. The direct landing page for the project on Public Purchase is found here. Additionally, the Public Purchase project number is 156952.

For more information about this procurement or to download a copy of the RFP solicitation, please go to www.publicpurchase.com. Only those vendors who have downloaded the RFP and its attachments from Public Purchase will be registered on the official respondent notification list. If you are not currently registered with Public Purchase, you are encouraged to do so in order to access this RFP and all future participation with NCTCOG/WSNCT solicitations.

If you have any questions regarding this procurement, please email the NCTCOG Purchasing Office at [email protected]

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