Literacy Rich Neighborhoods Design Team Application

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Deadline to apply: December 13, 2021

The Community Design Collaborative has received funding from the William Penn Foundation to support four community organizations in the development of conceptual designs for the Literacy-Rich Neighborhoods Initiative: Indochinese American Council, Mt. Airy CDC, Puentes de Salud, and the Village of Arts and Humanities.

The Literacy-Rich Neighborhoods Initiative is designed to create multiple opportunities in each of four neighborhoods for families with young children to interact with literacy-rich materials and activities prompting adult-child conversation and interaction. 

The four Philadelphia community-based organizations (CBOs) have been selected to embark on a 3-year process to engage families, community leaders and stakeholders around early literacy and to design and implement playful learning opportunities in the communities.   

Interested Firms must complete the LRN Design Team Application form, to be considered for a 6-month conceptual deign process, the initial stage of the 3-year process. Chosen Firm teams will be considered for hire during the remaining 2.5-year planning and implementation phases, post the conceptual design phase by the CBOs under advisement of the Collaborative.

This form will request names, bios, and resumes for all participating firm members of the project team; 3-5 relevant project examples; 3 professional references in support of the applying firm; and a responsive proposal that addresses project deliverables and goals while responding to the specific site considerations outlined by the CBO's RFP.


To best engage the CBO's clientele and community, strong preference will be considered for a team that can accommodate multi-lingual engagement with priority for English, Chinese, Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Spanish

This form will also collect evidence of work experience in the creation and design of play spaces for youth, as well as design project management experience. Playful Learning experience is desired, but not necessary, as project teams will receive playful learning training with the Collaborative and the Playful Learning Landscapes Action Network (PLLAN). Experience working with immigrant communities is also desired.

Firms are permitted to apply to multiple CBO RFPs. Please submit a form for each RFP. All RFP and form questions must be submitted via the Collaborative website questionnaire form found at

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You will hear back from the Collaborative and the CBOs by mid-December.
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