Even Start (ES) was a literacy based education program, for families deemed most-in-need, designed to improve the academic achievement of young children and their parents, especially in the area of reading.
The ES model offers the following four components:
Unfortunately, the 2011-2012 Federal Budget zero funded all Even Start Family Literacy Programs (ESFLPs), nationwide. As of July 1, 2012, all federally funded ESFLPs in Tennessee were closed and can offer no further service.
However, through local funds and support, several sites across Tennessee have chosen to continue offering part(s) of the ES model. To find out if these services are offered in your area, please contact your local Family Resource Center (FRC).
Thank you to the families and educators of Tennessee who participated in, and supported, Even Start during the last 20 years. Your desire to create a better future for yourselves, and others, are fondly remembered with great appreciation and respect.