Even Start-State Educational Agencies


To help break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy and improve the educational opportunities of low-income families, by integrating early childhood education, adult literacy or adult basic education, and parenting education into a unified family literacy program.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 01/15/2013 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Education
Office: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available
Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended, Title I, Part B, Subpart 3.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
State educational agencies (SEAs).
Beneficiary Eligibility
Parents eligible for participation under the Adult Education Act and their children aged birth through seven. Families must be in need of Even Start services, as indicated by a low income level and low level of adult literacy or English language proficiency, or other need-related indicators.
No Credentials or documentation are required. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. State educational agencies submit State plans to the Department of Education in accordance with requirements in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and guidance by the Department.
Award Procedure
The Department of Education awards grants to SEAs based on their relative shares of ESEA Title I, Part A funds. SEAs award subgrants giving priority to proposals that target areas designated as empowerment zones or enterprise communities or that propose to serve families in other high-poverty areas.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Varies with each State.
Other - Not Specified.
Federal formula funds are awarded to SEAs annually. Subgrants are for up to four years with annual renewals subject to approval of the SEA and the availability of funds. After the subgrant ends, an applicant may reapply for a new subgrant.
How are proposals selected?
SEAs apply their own criteria to select subgrantees most likely to succeed in meeting the purpose of Even Start and in effectively implementing the program elements in Section 1205 and the requirements in Section 1208(a)(1) and (2), Part B, Title I of ESEA. SEAs must give priority to projects that target services to the neediest families or to projects that are located in areas designated as Empowerment Zones or Enterprise Communities under Public Law 103.66.
How may assistance be used?
Subgrants are used for family literacy activities such as recruitment and screening of children and parents, design of programs, instruction of children and parents, support services, staff training, evaluation, and coordination with other programs. Funds may not be used for indirect costs.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Annual performance reports are required. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Expenditure reports are not applicable. No performance monitoring is required.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. In accordance with the Education Department General Administrative Regulations in the Appendix to 34 CFR 80, State and local governments that receive financial assistance of $100,000 or more within the State's fiscal year shall have an audit made for that year. State and local governments that receive between $25,000 and $100,000 within the State's fiscal year shall have an audit made in accordance with the Appendix to Part 80, or in accordance with Federal laws and regulations governing the programs in which they participate.
In accordance with the General Education Provisions Act and the Education Department General Administrative Regulations, certain project records must be retained for three years.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: ESEA Title I, Part A.
Matching Requirements: The Department awards grants to SEAs based on their relative shares of ESEA Title I, Part A funds. The Federal share of the cost of a subgrant project imay not be more than 90 percent in the first year, 80 percent in the second year, 70 percent in the third year, 60 percent in the fourth year, and 50 percent in any subsequent year.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Formula grants to SEAs are awarded on July 1. Funds are available to States for obligation and expenditure for a total of 27 months. Subgrants may not exceed 4 years in duration. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: by electronic transfer.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Melvin Graham, Department of Education, OESE Academic Improvement and Teacher Quality, 400 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: melvin.graham@ed.gov Phone: (202) 260-8268.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants) FY 09 $66,454,000; FY 10 $61,138,000; FY 11 $46,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range (FY10): $305,688-$7,306,641; Average: $1,175,725.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
34 CFR 76 (except for 76.600-76.677), 77, 80-82, and 85; Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR). For more information, contact the program office.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available