Even Start Family Literacy

The federally-funded Title 1 Even Start utilizes a family-centered education model that empowers families to support their child’s social emotional and academic success by integrating early childhood education, adult education, parenting enrichment, interactive literacy activities and home visits into a unified family literacy program.

Program Components

Adult Education

Adult Education provides instruction so that adults can learn to   speak, read, and write the English language.

Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education focuses on the education of very young children from birth through age three working in the areas of physical development, social emotional development, cognitive development, and emphasizes children’s eventual success in school.

Parenting Enrichment

Parenting Enrichment provides parents with a wide variety of learning topics including parenting strategies, how to be advocates and role models for their children, and strategies to support their children’s learning.

Interactive Literacy Activities

Interactive Literacy Activities provide a time to increase and facilitate meaningful parent-child interactions focused primarily on language and literacy development in a high-quality learning environment where they can learn and play together.

Home visits

Home visits provide literacy-based activities in a familiar setting and emphasize that parents are the child’s first and most influential teacher. Home Visitors provide support to families in transferring learning from the classroom to their daily lives.

Coordinator: Brenda Faz-Villarreal

Early Childhood Specialist: Rachel Gutierrez

Family & Community Liaisons: Lucy Sanchez, Yolanda Jacquez, Adriana Sanchez, Anna Lorenzo Soto

Early Childhood Instructors

Adult Education Teachers

For Support: Please call (210) 397-7960 or email brenda.faz-villarreal@nisd.net

As a part of the Whole Child Department, Even Start Family Literacy utilizes a family-centered education model that improves the academic achievement of young children and the literacy skills of their parents in order to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty and illiteracy.

The Whole Child Department is focused on aligning wrap-around systems of support to improve each child’s cognitive, physical, social and emotional development.

Whole Child programs include Behavior EducationHealth Education & Services, the School Age Parenting Program (SAPP), the Connections ProgramFamily Engagement (Title 1 & 3, Newcomer, Pre-K support & Northside Threads Clothing Closet), Even Start Family LiteracyCounseling & Social Emotional Learning.