Even Start_State Educational Agencies

To help break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy and improve the educational opportunities of low-income families, by integrating early childhood education, adult literacy or adult basic education, and parenting education into a unified family literacy program.

Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Projects have included Project Even Start SPARK Plus in Accomack County, Virginia, jointly operated by the Accomack County Public Schools and Eastern Shore Community College.

This project is designed to improve the literacy levels of disadvantaged families through the provision of adult education, parenting education, interactive literacy activities, and early childhood education for children ages 4-8.

Time is provided for separate early childhood and adult instruction, as well as joint family learning experiences.

While the adults are working toward career and education goals, the children are engaged in uses a research-based curriculum.

Parent-Child activities are hands-on activities delivered through Eastern Shore College's acclaimed "Shore People Advancing Readiness for Knowledge," also know as SPARKS.

Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.