Even Start Family Literacy Program

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Even Start is a free family literacy program for APS parents who have children under the age of 10.  The program goal is to empower parents who are learning English to be effective partners in  their children’s education.   Even Start receives funding from APS and AEFLA, the Adult Education and Family Literacy grant. Instruction is enhanced by strong partnerships with DHS, PIE, RIF, R.E.A.D, The Arlington Partnership for Children Youth and Families, Healthy Families and many other community groups.  Field trips and guest speakers frequently complement the classroom instruction.


Even Start utilizes a nationally recognized 4 component model of family literacy programs:

  1. Adult Education including ESL and Adult Literacy
  2. Early Childhood Education
  3. Parenting Education including literacy and language development, discipline, school involvement, health and wellness and much more
  4. PACT (Parent and Child Together) A weekly class in which parents have the opportunity to practice the skills learned throughout the week with their children and teachers


The program is housed at Barcroft Elementary School but serves qualifying families from throughout Arlington County.  Classes are held daily from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon.  Breakfast and lunch are provided.

For more information or to enroll, contact Sara Mulrooney at 703-228-8846 or sara.mulrooney@apsva.us.