Even Start Statewide Family Literacy Initiative

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Name of the Project

Colorado Even Start Family Literacy Initiative

Grantee Contact

William Windler

Colorado Department of Education

201 E. Colfax

Denver, Colorado 80203-1799

Tel: (303) 866-6674 and Fax: (303) 866-6857

E-mail: Windler_W@cde.state.co.us

Even Start Statewide Family Literacy Coordinator

Frank Fielden

Colorado Department of Education

201 E. Colfax

Denver, Colorado 80203-1799

Tel: (303) 866-6674 and Fax: (303) 866-6857

E-mail: Fielden_F@cde.state.co.us

Even Start Statewide Family Literacy Initiative Project Goals

  • To develop specific State measures of performance for Even Start family literacy programs
  • To institute the use of a common assessment tool for all Colorado Even Start programs in order to consistently evaluate individual adult, child and family progress
  • To support Even Start programs in increasing intensity and quality of services by funding expansion, evaluation, planning, and training activities
  • To provide additional resources to local Even Start programs to assist them in supporting the mission of the Colorado Department of Education

Project Description

The key activities the Colorado Even Start Statewide Family Initiative will be to create a common assessment tool using results mapping for all Colorado Even Start programs. To support intensity and quality of services, the initiative will: supplement funding for adult education intergenerational literacy programs; provide mini-awards requiring a percentage of local Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) matching funds; strengthen service coordination with Part C/Infant and Toddler programs and Early Head Start programs; provide parent leadership strands for interested Even Start programs; develop an Even Start web site in collaboration with migrant Even Start programs; and provide technical assistance to local communities. The initiative will also provide for individual early childhood literacy assessment for preschool and kindergarten children in those school districts where Even Start programs are located and for an Even Start training, demonstration and model implementation site.

Priorities

  • Using research on reading and literacy in program planning
  • Implementing a professional development plan for staff
  • Increasing the intensity of family literacy activities for school-age children (up to 7 years old)
  • Improving local evaluation methods and practices
  • Absolute Priority: Family Literacy Performance Indicators

 
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