Even Start was implemented by a partnership between a local educational agency (LEA) and another entity, such as government agencies, colleges and universities, public schools, Head Start programs, and other public and private community-based organizations.
Implementing Even Start-Home Visiting (Birth to Age 5)
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Implementation last updated: 2013
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Prerequisites for implementation
Staff education and experience
Even Start instructional staff were required to have an associate’s, bachelor’s, or graduate degree in a field related to early childhood education, elementary or secondary school education, or adult education; if applicable, they had to possess qualifications established by their state for early childhood education, elementary or secondary school education, or adult education provided as part of an Even Start program or another family literacy program.
The project director responsible for administration of family services must have received training in the operation of a family literacy program.
Paraprofessionals that support instruction had to have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent.
A research study supported by the U.S. Department of Education known as the Guide to Quality provided recommendations to projects regarding supervision and other implementation practices based on lessons learned by Even Start program staff in the field. The Guide to Quality encouraged projects to establish a staff supervision and support plan that was understood by all staff members. The Guide to Quality further suggested the plan include policies for addressing staff concerns and a process for periodic reviews of job performance, salary, and professional development plans. Even Start also encouraged projects to provide team debriefing of instructional home-visit experiences.
The information contained on this page was last updated in April 2013. Recommended Further Reading lists the sources for this information. In addition, the information contained in this profile was reviewed for accuracy by the U. S. Department of Education on April 12, 2013. HomVEE reserves the right to edit the profile for clarity and consistency.