Even Start Statewide Family Literacy Initiative

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Name of the Project

North Carolina Family Literacy Consortium

Grantee Contact

Dr. Randy Whitfield, State Director of Adult Basic Skills

North Carolina Community College System

200 West Jones Street

Raleigh NC 27603-1379

Tel: (919)733-7051 and Fax: (919)715-5794

E-mail: randyw@ncccs.cc.nc.us

Even Start Statewide Family Literacy Coordinator

Katie Waters, Family Literacy Consortium Coordinator

North Carolina Community College System

5024 Mail Service Center

Raleigh NC 27699-5024

Tel: (919)733-7051 and Fax: (919)715-5794

Even Start Statewide Family Literacy Initiative Project Goals/Objectives

  • To formalize the existing alliance of public and private agencies into a sustainable North Carolina Family Literacy Consortium that coordinates and integrates activities from Federal, State, and local resources and strengthens and expands family literacy services throughout the State
  • To improve the effectiveness of family literacy programs in North Carolina by developing family literacy performance indicators; linking performance indicators for adult, early childhood and parenting education; and by drafting new indicators as necessary; to adopt performance indicators for required use in Even Start Family Literacy programs
  • To design a professional development plan for family literacy staff and to implement research-based professional development and technical assistance guided by this plan
  • To increase State and local capacity to provide and sustain quality family literacy programming by integrating existing resources and developing new ones as necessary.

Project Description

Members of North Carolina’s Family Literacy Consortium have aligned themselves with one of three different task forces focusing on project objectives. The Program Effectiveness Task Force is charged with the responsibility of reviewing relevant existing performance indicators for other State programs, as well as indicators from other States. New indicators for Even Start and other family literacy programs will be proposed as needed. After a one-year trial, Even Start programs will be required to track performance according to the indicators. After the Professional Development Task Force conducts focus groups to ascertain professional development needs, it will research effective program practices to include in a professional development plan – the Family Literacy Fellowship Program. Other related training opportunities in the State will be included in the fellowship program, and information on the program will be posted on a website. The Resource Development Task Force will assist the consortium in identifying and coordinating resources that can be directed toward family literacy. It will also develop a protocol for local round tables to use as they explore local funding and resources. Again, information developed out of these activities will be posted on the Worldwide Web.


  • 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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