Even Start Family Literacy Program

The Academic Support Division (ASD) provides family literacy programming in Beloit. Even Start is a comprehensive family literacy program, designed to increase the literacy level of the whole family, and is comprised of four components.

While parents are in an adult education classroom working toward a GED/HSED or learning English, children are in a separate, on-site, early learning environment that fosters development of early literacy skills. Information acquired during parent time can be applied during interactive literacy activities that take place between parents and children during program hours.

All Even Start services are free of charge to eligible families. Criteria for family eligibility include:

  • At least one parent with a need to increase his/her literacy skills (through obtaining a GED/HSED or improving English through English Language Learning classes).
  • At least one child under age 8.
  • Income at or below poverty level.
Components Component Activities
Adult
Education
Classes for parents in GED/HSED and/or English Language Learning (ELL). Individualized and small group instruction in Math, Communication Skills, Employability, Civics, and more. Assistance with transition to post secondary education .
Early
Childhood Education
Emergent literacy and school readiness activities. Developmental and school readiness screenings for children. Service coordination with Head Start, Pre-K and elementary schools.
Parent Time Information to help parents support their child's learning. Connections to additional community resources. Problem solving to help remove barriers to program participation.
Interactive
Literacy Activities
On-site literacy activities between parents and children facilitated by program staff. Transition to home activities and materials to support learning in the home. Family enrichment activities and events outside program hours during the year.