P.O. BOX 2120



January 18, 2002



Division Superintendents



Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction



Even Start Family Literacy Competitive Grant Application



The Department of Education announces the availability of funds for Even Start Family Literacy programs. Family literacy was adopted as a priority of the Board of Education in June 2001. Even Start programs have offered effective models of family literacy for many years.


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 for the implementation of Even Start programs.


If Virginias students are to meet the rigorous expectations of the Standards of Learning, they must have access to quality early childhood programs and strong parental support and involvement. 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 childrens education; and, (3) to assist children in reaching their potential as learners.


We anticipate funding four to eight new projects for the 2002-2003 school year; maximum grant awards will be $225,000 for the first year of each project.



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


This Competitive Grant Application applies only to new programs. Continuation grant applications for current programs will be sent under separate cover.


Application for the Even Start Family Literacy Competitive Grant must be received on or before 4:30 p.m. on April 19, 2002.


An Even Start informational and grant development meeting for potential applicants will be held February 19, 2002, in Richmond. Please call the Office of Adult Education and Literacy at 804-225-2075 by February 13, 2002, to register for this meeting.


The application packet may be mailed or delivered to the following addresses:


Hand Delivery Postal Address

Mrs. Gloria Murphy Dr. Yvonne V. Thayer, Director

Administrative Support Office of Adult Education &

Office of Adult Education Literacy

& Literacy Virginia Department of Education

21st Floor, James Monroe Building P.O. Box 2120

101 North 14th Street Richmond, VA 23218-2120

Richmond, VA 23219


If you have program questions, please contact Jennifer Stuart (, education coordinator, at 804-768-7644. Budget questions should be directed to Becky Marable (, grants manager, at 804-225-2850.