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Even Start-Home Visiting (Birth to Age 5)

Implementation support is not currently available for the model as reviewed.

Model Overview

Last Updated

April 2013


Theoretical Model

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Model Components

Even Start projects provided four core components to parents and their children: (1) early childhood education, (2) adult literacy, (3) parenting education, and (4) interactive literacy activities.


Target Population

Even Start targeted low-income families with children from birth through age 7 and parents who were eligible for services under the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act. Teen parents and their children from birth through age 7 were also eligible. For the purposes of the HomVEE review, this profile is based on developer recommendations and studies of programs that target children from birth to age 5. Even Start projects were required to identify and recruit families most in need of services as indicated by a low level of income, a low level of adult literacy or of English-language proficiency of the eligible parent or parents, and other need-related indicators. Five percent of the annual appropriation was set aside for family literacy grants for migratory worker families, the outlying areas (including U.S. commonwealths, territories, and minor islands), and Indian tribes and tribal organizations. In addition, the U.S. Department of Education was required to fund one project in a women’s prison.


Where to Find Out More

Deborah Spitz
Office of Early Learning
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-6200
Phone: (202) 260-3793
Fax: (202) 260-8969