P.O. BOX 2120


January 30, 2004



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. 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 childrens education; and, (3) to assist children in reaching their potential as learners.


The maximum grant award for the 2004-2005 school year will be $225,000 for 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, required program elements, and indicators of program quality.


Applications for the competitive grant must be postmarked by midnight or hand-delivered no later than 4:30 p.m. on March 19, 2004.

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


Mailing Address

Dr. Yvonne V. Thayer, Director

Office of Adult Education & Literacy

Virginia Department of Education

P.O. Box 2120

Richmond, VA 23218-2120


Physical Address

Mrs. Gloria Murphy

Administrative Support

Office of Adult Education & Literacy

21st Floor, James Monroe Building

101 North 14th Street

Richmond, VA 23219


This competitive grant application is only for new programs. Continuation grant applications for current programs will be sent under separate cover.


Two Even Start informational meetings for potential applicants will be held on February 11, 2004, 9 a.m. 12 noon and 1 p.m. 4 p.m., both at the Virginia Department of Education, James Monroe Building - PDS Room 4, in Richmond. The purpose of these meetings is to discuss the Even Start program and to allow applicants to ask questions related to the application and implementation process. Since meeting space is limited, participation is restricted to two individuals per school division. Please call the Office of Adult Education and Literacy at 804-786-7643 by February 5, 2004, to register for one of these meetings.


If you have program questions, please contact Dorothy Preston (, education specialist, at 804-225-3997.