Even Start Statewide Family Literacy Initiative

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Name of the Project

Collaborative Partnership for Delivery of Family Literacy/Adult Education Services in Arkansas

Grantee Contact

Mary Kay McKinney, Coordinator of Early Childhood/Reading Unit

Arkansas Department of Education

#4 State Capitol Mall

Little Rock, AR 72201-1071

Tel: (501) 682-5615 and Fax: (501) 682-4441

E-mail: mkmckinney@arkedu.k12.ar.us

Even Start Statewide Family Literacy Coordinator

Marti Hampton, Family Literacy Coordinator

Arkansas Adult Learning Resource Center

3905 West 81st Street, Suite D

Little Rock, AR 72209

Tel: (501) 907-2490 and Fax: (501) 907-2492

Even Start Statewide Family Literacy Initiative Project Goals

  • To establish and maintain the Arkansas Even Start Statewide Family Literacy Collaborative to coordinate, focus, and extend local family literacy services and resources
  • To adopt a system of quality performance indicators for assessment, assimilation, monitoring and evaluation of Arkansas Even Start and family literacy services
  • To provide training for local service providers and communities to enable quality and sustainable family literacy programs
  • To facilitate the brokerage of Arkansas Even Start and family literacy services through service providers and local communities, including Head Start, State-funded day care providers, adult education, etc.
  • To evaluate and make policy recommendations for Statewide services

Project Description

Arkansas plans to compile indicators from all entities providing a component of family literacy services, agree to those which reflect cross-agency needs, modify them to be useful for evaluation across programs, and develop a monitoring scale which rates the implementation of the indicators. The indicators will serve as the focus for professional development, first in three pilot sites and then Statewide. The initiative plans to develop a system to identify gaps in programming and link providers of family literacy services with those seeking them.


  • 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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