Alabama State Department of Education, Federal Programs
The purpose of the Even Start Family Literacy federal grant is to provide services in four core instructional components: age-appropriate education for children; parent literacy training and adult education; training for parents on supporting children’s language and literacy development; and interactive literacy activities between parents and their children. Families must participate in all four components to be in Even Start. Families most in need include parent(s) who are eligible for adult education and literacy and includes child(ren) from birth through age 7. As Even Start funding from the federal level has decreased significantly and consistently since 1998, Alabama currently has six grantees.
The Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) is a state-funded grant program that currently serves twenty-six school districts in Alabama. HIPPY focuses on working with parents in individual and group settings, both in the home and elsewhere, to teach parents important readiness and literacy skills to use with their three to five year old children. HIPPY uses standardized early childhood curricula and parenting materials created by HIPPY USA.
For information concerning Even Start and HIPPY Programs contact Sallye R. Longshore , Education Administrator over Title I, Part B at 334-242-8199 or by email at email@example.com.