Even Start Family Literacy Program - Continuation

Division: Educational Standards and Programs
Office: Language Arts Literacy Education

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Purpose: The Even Start Family Literacy program supports family-centered educational and parenting activities that engage parents and children in a cooperative effort. This effort is designed to empower parents to become full partners in the educational and social development of their children, thus assisting children to reach their full potential as learners. The focus of the Even Start Family Literacy Program is to impact the life chances of New Jersey families by: Providing instruction to children ages birth to seven that will result in children reading on grade level by age seven; Empowering parents to become their children’s first teachers, utilizing the home and family unit as the most influential learning environment; Providing adult education instruction that leads to the attainment or improvement of literacy skills and the achievement of economic self-sufficiency; Providing parenting education to the parents and/or guardians of those children enrolled in the program to strengthen support of the child’s literacy development and early school success; and Developing community partnerships to form a network of providers that, individually and collectively, take responsibility for providing and strengthening family literacy services (Guide to Quality: Even Start Family Literacy Program, 2001). Eligibility to apply for this Continuation Even Start program is limited to those currently funded agencies operating under their original partnerships (see Appendix 2). Due to reduced federal funding, current grantees that are entering years four or eight are not eligible to reapply under this NGO.

Eligible Agencies: Limited to those currently funded agencies operating under their original partnerships (see Appendix 2). Due to reduced federal funding, current grantees that are entering years four or eight are not eligible to reapply under this NGO

Approximate Number of Awards: 4 Grant Program Type: Continuation
Total Amt. Available: $1,300,000 Application Due Date: 7/15/2009