June 21, 2004
New Mexico Public Education Department
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

Ruth Williams
Public Outreach Director
(505) 476-0393

PED Awards $1.95 Million for Even Start Family Literacy

(Santa Fe, NM)--The Public Education Department (PED) announced today $1,952,091 have been awarded to 10 programs in New Mexico from the federal William F. Goodling Even Start Family Literacy Program. The programs aim to simultaneously improve the literacy of young children and their parents through four core instructional components - early childhood education, parenting education, adult literacy and education and joint parent/child literacy activities.

“What we do for children early in their lives has a tremendous impact as they progress educationally. And through the parent component, Even Start is helping us ensure the success of these early learners,” said Secretary of Education Dr. Veronica C. García.

Of the 10 programs, eight are continuing projects and two are starting new four-year funding cycles. The funded programs are as follows:

Bernalillo Public Schools $352,928
Central Consolidated Schools $229,871
Espanola Public Schools $121,064
Gadsden Independent Schools $219,722
Gallup-McKinley County Public Schools
Las Cruces Public Schools $228,102
Pecos Valley Regional Education Center $66,978
Socorro Consolidated Schools $181,728
The Gathering Place, Thoreau, New Mexico (previously funded; starting a new four-year cycle) $139,129
Valencia County Literacy Council (starting a new four-year cycle) $187,645
TOTAL $1,952,091

One goal of the program is to prepare children to meet the state’s content standards and benchmarks. Programs must base instructional programs on scientifically based reading research and build on high-quality community resources.