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NEWS RELEASES 1996-97 :: FEBRURY 17, 1997


Local school districts throughout North Carolina are being encouraged to apply for funding of special programs in their communities that combine adult literacy, early childhood education (age birth to 7) and parent education. Called the Even Start Family Literacy Program, it's anticipated that $700,000 will be awarded statewide to approved local projects.

The deadline to submit funding proposals is 5 p.m. Friday, March 21. To obtain an application packet, contact the NC Department of Public Instruction at 919.807.3851. Ask for Even Start State Coordinator.

Even Start, which is federally funded, is a family-centered education project with three aims: to help parents become full partners in the education of their children, to help children reach their full potential as learners and to provide literacy training for parents.

Approved projects will be funded for four years, and a continuation application will be required at the end of each year. The federal share of each project will be 90 percent the first year, 80 percent the second, 70 the third and 60 percent the fourth year. If a project is awarded funding for a fifth or subsequent year, the federal funding is limited to 50 percent each year. Remaining costs of the program must be funded locally. Even Start projects also must be a collaborative effort between a public school system and a non-profit organization or institution of higher education, such as a local community college.

The Even Start application requires a description of why the project is needed, the degree of cooperation and coordination between the two local agencies, a description of the proposed project including its likelihood for success, the promise the project would show if it served as a model, justification of the proposed budget, and summary of anticipated costs.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.