P.O. BOX 2120



December 10, 2004



Division Superintendents



Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction



Even Start Family Literacy Competitive Grant




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


The maximum grant award for the 2005-2006 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 p.m. on February 10, 2005. The application packet may be mailed or delivered to the following addresses:


Mailing Address

Cheryl P. Strobel

Early Childhood Specialist

Office of Elementary Instructional Services

Virginia Department of Education

P.O. Box 2120

Richmond, VA 23218-2120


Physical Address

Regina Thomas

Administrative Support

Office of Elementary Instructional Services

20th Floor, James Monroe Building

101 North 14th Street

Richmond, VA 23219


The application, federal statute, and guidelines can be found at This competitive grant application is only for new programs. Continuation grant applications for current programs will be sent under separate cover.


One Even Start informational meeting for potential applicants will be held on January 13, 2005, 10 a.m. 12 noon at the Virginia Department of Education, James Monroe Building Conference Room B, in Richmond. The purpose of this meeting 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

Elementary Instructional Services at 804-225-2898 by January 6, 2005, to register for this meeting.


If you have program questions, please contact Cheryl Strobel (, education specialist at 804-371-7578.