COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 276

November 07, 2008

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Patricia I. Wright

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Even Start Family Literacy Competitive Grant

Application

 

 

The Virginia Department of Education announces the availability of funds for Even Start Family Literacy programs. Under the requirements of the Even Start Family Literacy Program, Title I, Part B, Subpart 3 of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (P.L. 107-110 as amended), funding is available through the competitive grant application process.

 

The purposes of funding Even Start projects are: (1) to improve the educational opportunities of children and adults by integrating early childhood education and adult education into a unified, family-centered program; (2) to help parents become full partners in their children's education; and (3) to assist children in reaching their potential as learners.

 

The maximum grant award for the 2009-2010 school year will be $158,000 for each project.

 

A local education agency must apply in partnership with a community-based organization for a grant. The application packet includes the application, required program elements, and indicators of program quality.

 

The application, federal statute, and guidelines can be found at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/Instruction/Elem_M/early/evenstart.html

 

Applications for the competitive grant must be postmarked by midnight or hand-delivered no later than 4 p.m. on January 7, 2009. The application packet may be mailed or delivered to the following addresses:

 

Mailing Address

Cheryl P. Strobel

Associate Director of Early Childhood Education

Office of Early Childhood Development

Virginia Department of Education

P.O. Box 2120

Richmond, VA 23218-2120

 

Physical Address

Avis Scarborough

Administrative Assistant

Office of Early Childhood Development

Virginia Department of Education

James Monroe Building, 24th Floor

101 North 14th Street

Richmond, VA 23219

 

If you have program questions, please contact Cheryl Strobel, associate director, by e-mail at Cheryl.Strobel@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at(804)371-7578.


PIW/KG/as