The City of Little Rock’s (City) Department of Community Programs (DCP) is grounded in a positive youth development framework that emphasizes children and youth as assets to the community. Its approach to producing a better quality of life—one that is inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable—is centered on well-rounded and neighborhood-based supports that include afterschool/out-of-school activities, youth intervention, summer academic enrichment and recreation, employment and career training opportunities, skills development, and re-entry services.
The development of the department started in 1988 with a $10 million grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. In 1991, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provided a Fighting Back Grant of $5 million. In 1993, the City passed a 1/2 cent City sales tax permanently designating a portion of local funds to sustain and administer Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment (PIT) funding, which is primarily dedicated to DCP support programs. In 2011, Little Rock voters overwhelmingly approved a new 5/8 cent sales tax for operations in order to meet the increased needs of the city. As a result, DCP operates on an annual PIT budget of $5.5 million dollars, which in 2018 supported more than 80 programs and served more than 11,600 Little Rock children, youth, and families.
Various PIT Requests For Qualifications (RFQs) are available throughout the year.
To be notified of Bid Opportunities
you MUST register as a City Vendor
Click on Current Bid Opportunities
BE SURE to register in case of changes or recalls.
To ALSO be placed on the Bid Notification List of the Department of Community Programs
Send an email to: ProgramReferral@littlerock.gov
Be sure to include the following information:
- Contact Name
- Company Name
- Preferred Mailing Address
- Phone Number
- Email Address
Common Outcomes of the Youth Master Plan