Superintendent's Memo #319-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

November 20, 2009

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 2010-2011 school year will be $194,645 for each project. It is anticipated that one or two awards will be given.

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

Applications for the competitive grant must be postmarked by midnight or hand-delivered no later than 4 p.m. on January 6, 2010. 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 Support
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 or by telephone at (804) 371-7578.