How to Apply


The portal for online applications will be open on March 20 with updates found on this page. The application questions can be found below.

Written questions will be entertained and should be submitted via email by the stated deadline (see timeline below). Find answers to previous questions on our Frequently Asked Questions page here. We will update this document as we receive additional questions, approximately weekly.

Additionally, we offered two webinars on the dates below to answer questions:
1. Wednesday, March 11 at 3:00pm EST / 12:00pm PST—Download the presentation here and view the recording here.
2. Monday, March 16 at 3:00pm EST / 12:00pm PSTView the recording here.


With the impact of COVID-19 on our schools, communities and organizations, the Family Math RFI now has an extended application deadline: Friday, May 8.

The table below illustrates the critical path and key dates for the RFI process. The deadline for RFI submissions is Friday, May 8, 2020. Please submit your response to the RFI by completing the online form found here, available Friday, March 20.

Action  Deadline 
RFI released Thursday, March 5

Webinar recordings will be posted within 24 hours

Wednesday, March 11

Monday, March 16

Online application portal opens Friday, March 20
*Updated* Submission of questions deadline to Family Math Friday, April 10
*Updated* Responses published Friday, April 17
*Updated* RFI submission deadline Friday, May 8 by 11:59pm PT

We will notify select applicants of an opportunity to interview with Education First and Coordinating Committee members by mid-June.

Submission Requirements

Please submit your responses by completing the online form found here. Please provide clear and concise answers. Responses submitted will become the property of Education First Consulting, and Education First and any Coordinating Committee members that review proposals or information from proposals will have signed confidentiality agreements in place.

We are looking for responses from organizations that are enthusiastic and motivated to lead a Family Math movement. We are looking for organizations that are:

  • Committed to breaking multi-generational patterns of inequities and thus have strong equity practices embedded in all aspects of their work, with national reach
  • Engaged in strong partnerships, working with a diverse set of stakeholders and capacity to build and manage new partners
  • Support dedicated staff with the capacity to lead (though additional capacity may need to be brought in)
  • Currently involved in Family Math and wish to expand or continue their work or not currently involved in Family Math but see a connection to their current work through related issues such as early learning, math, STEM, school preparedness and success, family engagement, leadership or advocacy
  • Committed to and/or show evidence of strong community and/or parent or family leadership within the organization or have experience partnering with community and/or family leadership organizations
  • Financially stable

In addition to the characteristics above, we are also interested in learning about your organization’s expertise and experience with social movements, campaigns and scaling programs or initiatives.

Submissions will be reviewed by Education First, members of the Workgroup charged with identifying a lead organization and Heising-Simons and Overdeck Family Foundation staff.

Application Questions
(Reminder the online application portal to respond to these questions will be live Friday, March 20 and can be accessed here.)


  1. Provide an overview of your organization including organization contact, legal name, address, website and brief history including number of years in operation. Describe your legal status, governance structure and your organization’s line of work. (250 Word Max)
  2. Describe current staff capacity and experience that is relevant to leading this work within your organization. (250 Word Max)
  3. Why would your organization be a good fit to lead the Family math movement? Share any experience with Family Math or, if your organization does not have prior experience, other connections through related issues. (250 Word Max)
  4. Describe how your organization contributes to breaking multi-generational patterns of inequity. Share how equity is part of your organization’s values and specific equity practices. (500 Word Max)
  5. Describe any relevant experience managing and coordinating diverse, multi-stakeholder partnerships. Provide details on the number and types of current partners and/or organizations members/constituents. (500 Word Max)
  6. Describe any programs or experiences that are evidence of your organization’s commitment to strong community and/or parent/ family leadership within the organization or experience partnering with community and/or family leadership organizations. Identify any other capacities or innovations that you believe are assets to support the success of this movement. And identify any barriers you might expect. (500 Word Count)
  7. Provide a brief summary of your organization’s budget and revenue. Please provide a breakdown of revenue by source (e.g., 40 percent private foundations, 30 percent earned revenue, etc.).
  8. Provide any additional information you believe will be helpful in assessing your capabilities, including but not limited to expertise and experience with social movements, campaigns and scaling programs or initiatives. (See for example: (500 Word Max)

Input on Lead Organization Selection Process

  1. What support would you need as part of a transition to taking on the role of lead organization for Family Math? What partners would you need and/or view as critical collaborators? (Please align to the six Infrastructure Elements listed on the About page.)
  2. What ongoing support would you need to add this work to your organization and maintain momentum for this movement?
  3. What questions do you need answered by the current Family Math leadership bodies?


Please send questions related to this RFI process to

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Is this Request for Information not a match for your organization but you still want to be part of the movement? Sign up by sending us an email expressing your interest.