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					                       JOY PICUS CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER
                              REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

RESPONSE TO QUESTIONS SUBMITTED AT PRE-PROPOSAL CONFERENCE

1.      Why is the Commission for Children, Youth and Their Families issuing a Request for
        Proposals (RFP)?
The contract term for the current operator ends on June 30, 2007 and the City of Los Angeles
requires than an RFP be issued to select an operator for the new contract term. The RFP process
is no reflection on the current operator. This is an open bid process and the current operator is
eligible to submit a proposal in response to this RFP.

2.      What are the current rates at the Center?
The following are the current weekly rates for City employees at all of the City’s employee child
care centers:
                                              Infant       Toddler      Pre-School         Pre-K
     Joy Picus Child Development Center
                                              $210           $210           $185           $158
                 First Flight
                                              $150           $132           $100            N/A
     (Los Angeles World Airports-LAWA)

              Little Live Wires
                                              $175           $167           $137            N/A
            (Harbor Department)


3.      When does the Center typically increase tuition rates?
In terms of the new contract, the operator is locked-in to their proposed tuition rates for the first
year of the contract. The operator is required to have any future tuition increases (annual
maximum of 3%) approved by the Commission for Children, Youth and Their Families. Approval of
tuition increases is based on a variety determining factors, including, but not limited to:
 Analysis of the operator’s budget
 Enrollment and vacancy data
 Wage and staffing levels
 Tuition rate comparisons
 Extraordinary or compounding factors

4.      What is the Center licensed for and what are the current classroom ratios?
The Center is licensed for 30 infants/toddlers and 60 pre-school children (ages 2 through first-
grade). The current classroom ratios are as follows: Infant Room (3:1), Toddler Room (4:1), Pre-
School 1 Room (6:1) and Pre-School II/Pre-K Room (8:1).
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5.    What is the average enrollment in each of the classrooms?
Currently the average enrollment is as follows: Infant Room (12), Toddler Room (15), Pre-School 1
Room (24) and Pre-School II/Pre-K Room (24).

6.    What is the current full-time staffing at the Center?
1 Center Director, 1 Office Manager, 4 Lead Teachers, 4 Associate Lead Teachers and 8
Associate Teachers.

7.    What are the current average teacher wages?
Current teacher salaries range from approximately $10/hour to approximately $14/hour.
The Commission for Children, Youth and Their Families does not set salary wages, except as it
relates to the requirements mandated by the City of Los Angeles Living Wage Ordinance.
However, the Commission for Children, Youth and Their Families recognizes the relationship
between staff compensation, retention and quality and does take this into consideration in the
proposal review process.

8.    What factors determine whether the City’s Living Wage requirements are being
      met?
Compliance with the City’s Living Wage requirement is determined by either: 1) the combination of
Cash Wages and Health benefits (HB) or 2) a Full Cash Wage that is equal to the combination of
the minimum cash wage and health benefit level. For more information on the Living Wage
requirements, please contact:
                 Department of Public Works – Bureau of Contract Administration
                                        (213) 847-1922
                                        www.lacity.bca

9.    What is the current meal plan?
Currently, breakfast and snack are provided by the Operator. Parents provide lunch or can order
lunch from a meal plan arranged by the Operator.